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    Sorry. I have posted here before without _just_ singing the praises of my Tess, but she keeps amazing me. I do not teach tricks, just watch what she does every now and then.

    She went into the inlet today, just walking in the shallows, and started lapping the water (my fault. I was caught out and had none for her). I said no. So she came out of the water. So I said "swim Tess" and she went back and lapped at the water again.

    So I sad "Tess swim Tess no drink"...and she did.

    Ok. maybe just chance...but then she went back into the water about 15 mins later and started sort of hobby horsing instead of just walking, and with each rock her chin just happened to dip into the water...then she looked at me and came back out of the water.

    I went and found a drink for her.

    I have had other dogs, some more bright and proactive than others. None of them was dumb. So I have learned to watch and appreciate dogs' ways a bit. This one gets me again and again.

    Just so as to not strain the bounds too far, Tess does know "Drink for Tess" and "Swim".

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    Laugh my one can open gates and lead my horse by it lead to the tying up post and sits there with the horse and she can say mummy laughs

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    It's great when dogs just pick up things like that. I also love watching them interact with their environment, especially when they grow older.

    I remember watching my ex's old dog cross a river once. She seemed to know how to read the current to know where to get into the water to end up at the right spot on the other side. So beautiful. This dog would also guide me a lot. I was prone to getting lost, especially walking in the bush when I got distracted by wildlife. When I took the dog, there was no need for me to pay any attention to where I was going. When I felt like going back I just had to tell her "Take me back" and she would race back, waiting impatiently for me at every bend, and always, always found the shortest way home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    It's great when dogs just pick up things like that. I also love watching them interact with their environment, especially when they grow older.

    I remember watching my ex's old dog cross a river once. She seemed to know how to read the current to know where to get into the water to end up at the right spot on the other side. So beautiful. This dog would also guide me a lot. I was prone to getting lost, especially walking in the bush when I got distracted by wildlife. When I took the dog, there was no need for me to pay any attention to where I was going. When I felt like going back I just had to tell her "Take me back" and she would race back, waiting impatiently for me at every bend, and always, always found the shortest way home.
    Yes it is amazing how swimming dogs "work" the River currents. because I train my dogs at Water Rescue, I watch them a lot........Even puppies are good at it
    And like you I often get misplaced ( I refuse to call it lost ) And my dogs will show me the way to the car.....Just love how clever they are and takew care of us
    Pets are forever

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    I have a phrase "no helping" for my dog especially when she tries to help anyone pick up their dog's poo by standing in it. Yuck. She's got the hang of that one cos she doesn't like standing in dog poo when she thought she was lining up for a treat hand out either.

    The other one - I just say and it works - is "ants". I think you can guess why saying "ants" gets her to move along smartly.

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    My favourite cue with Banjo is when I leave her in the car and she's on the driver's seat when I come back. When I say "Are you driving Banjo?" she very quickly hops in the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    It's great when dogs just pick up things like that. I also love watching them interact with their environment, especially when they grow older.

    I remember watching my ex's old dog cross a river once. She seemed to know how to read the current to know where to get into the water to end up at the right spot on the other side. So beautiful. This dog would also guide me a lot. I was prone to getting lost, especially walking in the bush when I got distracted by wildlife. When I took the dog, there was no need for me to pay any attention to where I was going. When I felt like going back I just had to tell her "Take me back" and she would race back, waiting impatiently for me at every bend, and always, always found the shortest way home.
    that was my ruby to beloz i got lost to most of the time i just go and sit it the bush re and sit under this big tree i just lost track of the time any way ruby keep puting her purr on me and then walk to the bike and barked 3times telling me it time to go home now she was like a babysiter to and a friend to me to mum she was my gard and allways brot me home it time for diner oh i love that dog i miss you ruby myar i miss you bady

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    I think it's a privilege to watch a dog grow older and see them gain all this wisdom.

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    I used to have to knock on the window of certain dog I shared house and car with. Cos if you surprised him by opening the door he was likely to bite first and apologise later. Best car alarm ever.

    Current dog refuses to budge from spot where she started. Even if I unclip the harness - she doesn't move. I got given a caution by a policeman once, and she just lay there hugging the back seat. I don't think he even noticed there was a dog.

    The previously mentioned dog - I had to tie up before I could get out of the car if I got pulled over by a policeman. That was before the days of dog harnesses and car belt clips.

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    Hey I did not see all these replies. Hope I'm not too late at least for some

    Quote Originally Posted by ruby mc nugget View Post
    Laugh my one can open gates and lead my horse by it lead to the tying up post and sits there with the horse and she can say mummy laughs
    HAH! Good one. Now I have Tess (staffy cross) I have come to appreciate the staffies a lot more for their amazing personalities.

    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    Yes it is amazing how swimming dogs "work" the River currents. because I train my dogs at Water Rescue, I watch them a lot........Even puppies are good at it
    And like you I often get misplaced ( I refuse to call it lost ) And my dogs will show me the way to the car.....Just love how clever they are and takew care of us
    I was doing some kayaking one day and there was quite a reasonable current going. a Lab came to the opposite bank and simply ferried across. I was quite worried until I saw how easy she made it, because to be swept down river was to go into tee trees and they are quite dangerous in a current..We were there to practice ferrying and this girl put us all to shame! When the time came she just ferried back over again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I have a phrase "no helping" for my dog especially when she tries to help anyone pick up their dog's poo by standing in it. Yuck. She's got the hang of that one cos she doesn't like standing in dog poo when she thought she was lining up for a treat hand out either.

    The other one - I just say and it works - is "ants". I think you can guess why saying "ants" gets her to move along smartly.
    Yeah I can see why learning not to stand in poo would be an idea.

    HA! They hate ants! Tess will come over to me and ask to be cleaned off, because the little black ones really bite and bury themselves into her legs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Hyacinth

    My favourite cue with Banjo is when I leave her in the car and she's on the driver's seat when I come back. When I say "Are you driving Banjo?" she very quickly hops in the back.
    It's amazing how much dogs can pick up entire phrases. Even if it's just context sometimes, they can learn very fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by ruby mc nugget View Post
    that was my ruby to beloz i got lost to most of the time i just go and sit it the bush re and sit under this big tree i just lost track of the time any way ruby keep puting her purr on me and then walk to the bike and barked 3times telling me it time to go home now she was like a babysiter to and a friend to me to mum she was my gard and allways brot me home it time for diner oh i love that dog i miss you ruby myar i miss you bady
    Yeah. Even though I now have Tess, it took me two years to make up my mind after I lost my last dog. IT really tears at you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I think it's a privilege to watch a dog grow older and see them gain all this wisdom.
    I agree. Sometimes I reckon they get more than most humans!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I used to have to knock on the window of certain dog I shared house and car with. Cos if you surprised him by opening the door he was likely to bite first and apologise later. Best car alarm ever.

    Current dog refuses to budge from spot where she started. Even if I unclip the harness - she doesn't move. I got given a caution by a policeman once, and she just lay there hugging the back seat. I don't think he even noticed there was a dog.

    The previously mentioned dog - I had to tie up before I could get out of the car if I got pulled over by a policeman. That was before the days of dog harnesses and car belt clips.
    OK. Yep. Biting a policeman would not be a good career move

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