April 5,2010

This is White Dog and Quinn's Audition photo for Mack's Orchestra. White Dog is a lovely singer; Quinn is an accomplished musician.

White Dog and Quinn spent the day recovering from the rigors of entertaining and feasting yesterday. As they relaxed at my feet and on my shoulder, we discussed how proud I was of both them. White Dog has turned out to be an excellent trainer; Quinn looks to her for direction on "proper" behavior and then copies her actions. White Dog reminds him, when necessary, with a vocal cue...or on the growing rarer occasions, a nip.

Through White Dog's coaching, Quinn now routinely "Waits" at treat time for White Dog to receive her reward first, and most times, he will even sit attentively as he waits. This is big but the major progress has come in the form of Quinn's evolving party manners. He has learned this concept entirely from the White Mistress of Etiquette and his progress is remarkable.

Yesterday we had food arrayed on the coffee table and the group was busily using every horizontal surface in the kitchen. White Dog was, as usual, exquisite in her manners, but we kept a nervous eye on the new boy...unnecessarily as it turned out. Quinn was curious and stood at the edge of the platters and smells on the table. but a simple reminder, "Party Manners, Please!" was enough to freeze him from further investigation. He simply stood and stared or turned and walked away. Several times he seemed in doubt and looked at White Dog who somehow conveyed to him just the right thing to do...it was amazing to watch. White Dog beamed at him and we all praised student and teacher both with words and treats.

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Kari in WeHo said...

on your shoulder? BC does that but he is just over 8lbs

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Y'all are in, I hope that Siku and Atka are going to be part of the doggie band.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

How nice to see Quinn did so well!


Teddy Bear said...

Sounds like Quinn is learning quite well.:)

Teddy Bear

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We love dog-band music. So much better than hooman bands! Yes, rock on!!
Hootie and BabyRD

Ginger Jasper said...

It is so good to hear how well Quinn is doing under Siku's helping paw.. Just lovely..LOve the piano picture.. Hugs GJ xx

The OP Pack said...

White Dog is to be commended for her training skills. Mom wants to know if she could come here to teach us that coffee table foodies are not for the pups. We are pretty good about not counter surfing, but that coffee table height is just so tempting.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Amy and The House of Cats said...

It is always so amazing to me how she is teaching Quinn to be a proper dog. They both sound so wonderful and smart and just good. I am used to being around crazy dogs who do not have the best manners, but are usually well intentioned at least. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday - it sounds like it was quite a feast!

Prints the Cat said...

Siku, you're a great trainer!

Quinn, you're a great student!

We told Ben that he rocks! Thanks for the reminder.

Ben said...

Dogs make great singers too. Howl it out if you make the band.
Life is better on 3 legs than 4
PS - thanks for the support - you rock!!