“He bought Chaser as a puppy in 2004 from a local breeder and started to train her for four to five hours a day. He would show her an object, say its name up to 40 times, then hide it and ask her to find it, while repeating the name all the time. She was taught one or two new names a day, with monthly revisions and reinforcement for any names she had forgotten.
Border collies are working dogs. They have a reputation for smartness, and they are highly motivated. They are bred to herd sheep indefatigably all day long. Absent that task, they must be given something else to do or they go stir crazy.
Chaser proved to be a diligent student. Unlike human children, she seems to love her drills and tests and is always asking for more. ‘She still demands four to five hours a day,’ Dr. Pilley said. ‘I’m 82, and I have to go to bed to get away from her.’”
A dog sled team competes on January 10, 2011 in Praz-sur-Arly, French Alps, during the fouth stage of the 7th edition of La Grande Odyssee 2011.
vintage bull dog (by unexpectedtales)
The other day I was walking through Rittenhouse Square and saw a man pushing a baby carriage. But in the carriage was the ugliest, fattest bulldog I have ever seen. Its shoulders were huge; it had a wide, flat face, little mean eyes, and underbite fangs. Its tongue was hanging out but not panting, just hanging, totally still. The dog just glared at you if you looked at it. And all the while, the man serenely pushing it around in the ridiculous carriage. I couldn’t help it, I laughed. The man looked a little offended; the bulldog’s expression never changed.
Taken with Instagram at Newton Lake Park
How many dogs is too many?