Hello I am Ted, an eight month old Golden Retriever.Â I have a half brother called Oak who is two and a very funny owner who does the strangest things.
For example when I was about five months he took me to a group therapy session with some other dogs.Â I was the youngest there; the other four dogs were all nearly a year older than me!!
If I did the simplest things he gave me a little treat, usually a biscuit but sometimes cheese or my favourite chopped up frankfurter.Â Well to be honest they are all my favourites, in fact any food is, and if I sat, or walked around next to him on the lead he gave me at treat.
What kind of idiot is that?Â All I had to do was learn a new trick every week and I got treats all the way.Â Â Well of course I soon did just as he asked, and he thought he was getting what he wanted when in reality I got what I wanted.Â I have trained him really well.
Best of all was getting me to lie down.Â I would lie down, he would give me a treat and then I would stand up and it would start all over again.Â I could 10 treats in 5 minutes; it is lucky I am such a gutso and am never full up.
Hereâ€™s a strange thing though.Â Â I am always as sick as aâ€¦ well dog actually, when I go in the car and yet whenever I had the short journey home after a class, that is what my owner calls these sessions, I am never sick.Â It must confuse the life out him.
Then he taught me to stand still.Â He must think I am stupid as he gave me a treat for this too.Â Â And then, wait for this, I had to go to the vets I think it is called, and the lady asked me to stand while they checked me all over, so I stood, easy peasy, and then she gave me a biscuit too.Â It really is just too easy.Â Still it seems to please all the humans my owner knows so why not go along with it, I get loads of treats and they give me things to do but to be honest I just cannot see what he gets out of it.Â But hey ho a biscuits a biscuit.
Oak told me all about these sessions and what to expect.Â I made some new friends and there were lots of other people like my owner giving out the treats, it was great fun.Â Â Oak said â€œjust do the trick and get the treatâ€ it works every time you want a treat.Â Â Thatâ€™s the good thing about having an older brother.
Oak goes out with our owner and does tricks in a field and he gets treats for this as well.Â Oak says he is being prepared for something called â€˜picking upâ€™ whatever that is as they go out together with a bag full of what the owner calls dummies, thatâ€™s what we call our owner haha, and Oak has to fetch them.Â Â Then sometimes he gets a treat too, especially when he has done something really good apparently.Â Recently he has gone out more often and even over to another human with a special place where they do lots of finding dummies and bringing them back.Â Â Oak has to jump over fences and find dummies in the long grass.Â My owner seems very pleased with Oak and Oak has a great time.
Last time we were there my owner and his friend took me into a little paddock and threw a tennis ball.Â I chased after it and brought it back, well almost, I wandered around my owner a bit and then he stroked me under the chin and made a fuss of me.Â He asked me to give it back so I did.Â He then made me sit and then move to his side and sit.Â Once I was there he waited a few moments and gave me a treat.
Well I am quite tired now after all this writing so will now have a sleep, well it is the middle of the afternoon and I have only had about 4 sleeps so far today.
I will write some more next month and tell you more about what I have trained my owner to do and any other adventures I have had.
Bye for now