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Monday, November 12, 2012

Look at our Progress!

Now for those of you who don't know, the Back Pack has been an on going challenge to get a picture of all four of them together.  With Brut being such a bossy pack leader and major issues with food it has been a slow work in progress.  The three dogs, Fiona, Silver and Zappa are all cautious when food and Brut are together, but especially Zappa.  So getting him in close is pretty difficult.  I started by working with them in pairs in the house over the spring and summer for our yogurt breakfast, then gradually let them mesh at their own comfort levels all together.  We still practice this and the results are getting amazing!

So I decided to up the ante a bit and try it outside.  Here's the results of three different days at least 2-3 days apart.  The first two days I used dry kibble and the third day with yogurt.   

Day 1
First shot, everyone w-i-d-e spread.  So wide even Zappa (by lawn chair) was in shot.

Now were coming together.

Brut is so relaxed he decided to lay down.

Then so does Fiona and Silver 

and Zappa.  And this is the closest he will get for this day.

Final shot for this day:  all a little bit closer.

Day 2:
Zappa is still far out, but look, everyone else is closer to him!

Day 3
All four dogs lined up!!

It's been a pretty amazing journey so far and I really hoping to get some good shots for Christmas cards.  :)  We'll see!


Unknown said...

That is brilliant. You are so good with them. We agree food is always tricky but you are getting great results. Have a lovely Monday.
Best wishes Molly

How Sam Sees It said...

Oh congratulations!


Collie222 said...

Very nice! How are you doing with getting the front dogs and back dogs together?

Jen said...

Woo! That's some fantastic progress!

Kristine said...

Nice! You must be the most patient dog person I have ever seen. I admire you for keeping at it and it looks like you will be rewarded. Who knew it could be done?

Bassetmomma said...

Congratulations! What a good job. :)

24 Paws of Love said...

collie222-we are taking it really, really slow with Back dogs and Front Dogs. "Our" biggest step was when Mother Nature tore down the tarp in between the two fences and now dogs can see each other. So far, so good!

Emily said...

Oh my gosh, I didn't even notice Zappa back there! What a little sweet soul. I love all the pictures! You have very good looking pups!

houndstooth said...

Getting those Christmas card shots is tricky, but it looks like you've got a good one in the making!

Sage said...

All your hard work is paying off! I can see that Christmas card now.

jen said...

Awesome! I bet that is a wonderful feeling for you! Congratulations!

Peggy Frezon said...

Way to go! Good doggies!!

Pamela said...

Wow, what great progress! As long as you go by the dogs' timing, you'll get it eventually.

White Dog Blog said...

So much has come together in the past few months...ages of hard work and love but finally the blossom of trust is beginning to open! This is absolutely wonderful progress; you should all be proud!

Anonymous said...

So, where are the other two guys?

Declan said...

Mum wonders if she can get me and KC....without the aid of Photoshop!! Deccy x

bichonpawz said...

Good for you!!! I love the last pic...the line up!! Hope you get a good shot for your cards!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug