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Puppy Training and The Things We do for LOVE!

Updated on June 15, 2016

What a Face to Love

Puppy Training and The Things We do for LOVE! Scooter is my pound puppy buddy, he keeps me active an makes me smile for his love everyday and it all started with puppy training. Scooter was a pound puppy, he was seriously abused as a puppy and eventually ended up at the pound. My husband and I were looking for a new pet. After a year of searching for our beloved cat Annabelle, who was rescued after Katrina and sent to a foster home, we realized she was not going to be found, Many of the pets rescued after Katrina especially the elderly were sent to private homes. Rescuers were sent in to find pets, but due to the devastation in our area, it was difficult for them to know where they were when they found animals.

Scooter's Story

One day in November we discovered Scooter, he was on death row, one hour from euthanasia. We were told that we probably didn't want him, he was what they called "unadoptable". We were looking for a Schnauzer and Scooter was a Schnauzer mix according to his records. We were allowed to take him outside to get to know him. He was timid and frightened and flinched every time we moved. He appeared to be friendly, but, at 6 months old he had never been groomed and was severely infested with fleas. When you looked at his face you could see a caravan of flea moving across his entire face.

The worker from the shelter told us we could take him home on a weekend trial. She said he could be rescheduled for killed on Monday when we decided not to keep him. So, we took him home and played with him all weekend. He was very under weight and had very little stamina. It was November and since Katrina we were staying in Washington State near out eldest daughter, we had no where else to go.

Monday arrived, we knew when we first met him he was a keeper. So this is where our life together begins its journey.

This is a photo of Scooter on that Monday after his first professional grooming and Frontlne Plus treatment, he has that frightened look on his face.

Scooter before his grooming, He looked like a mini-husky

Scooter before his grooming, He looked like a mini-husky
Scooter before his grooming, He looked like a mini-husky

Summer Time In Ontario, Canada

In this photo Scooter is looking out the window waiting for his cousin Ringo to arrive for a day of FUN!

Scooter's many travels take him to our family camp in northern Ontario for a summer of fun with his cousin Ringo. The two of them prance and play all day long. The camp is on a Island so they are allowed to freely visit with each of our family members at their camps. They never venture too far.

On any given day you can see Scooter and Ringo together searching for chipmunks or other critters to chase and bark at together. They are often seen on one of the docks walking side by side, chatting as the work their way to the end. Both dogs like to chase balls into the water and play fetch. On hot days you will find them together laying in the cool clean St. Mary's river cooling off up to their necks taking a drink without having to bend their head. They are a pair, Ringo who is older than Scooter spent many summers training him to enjoy nature.

Ringo the Wise Old Man

Ringo the Wise Old Man
Ringo the Wise Old Man

Here we are on our daily bikeride.

Here we are on our daily bikeride.
Here we are on our daily bikeride.

Hiking with your Dog

Scooter the Traveling Dog

Scooter loves to travel in the car or on a plane. He always seem to be surprised when we arrive at our destination. Here is a photo of the two of us at a rest area in New Mexico on a trip from Mississippi to Washington State in 2007. When we arrived at this rest area Scooter was more than happy to share a snack and visit with other traveling pets we met.

We keep a soft squeaky ball in the car at all time, just in case we need to stop and play. We find a nice grassy area and he and I play ball. He is a well-behaved pet and follows both verbal commands and gestures. We worked with him from the time he became a member of our family so he would listen and follow instruction. He knows to stay and will not move until instructed to go. He understands what you tell him and rarely has impulsive behavior. For example, he loves cats, if he sees one he want to sniff it and play. However, if he is told to stay he follows the command until he is told OK.

Most of the command he knows are for his safety and the safety of others. He is a very energetic little dog, as is typical of the Schnauzer breed. He has a strict schedule he insists that we follow. He likes to play ball at least 4 times a day, go for a bike ride, a 1 1/2 mile walk through our neighborhood. If he can he likes to go for car rides.

Scooter relaxing at home in the cool grass in our backyard in Coastal Mississippi

Scooter relaxing at home in the cool grass in our backyard in Coastal Mississippi
Scooter relaxing at home in the cool grass in our backyard in Coastal Mississippi

Morning At Last

Here we are again, just as the day begin. Scooter loves blankets, he will carefully stomp, and fluff blanket to the perfect nesting position. He snuggles up close at night and makes us feel like we are one of this pack. As he has gotten older he has developed what I call a teenage attitude. If he is asked to move over or do something that is not in his plans, he sighs deeply to let us know he is put out and does what he is told.

Scooter with his Happy Face

Scooter with his Happy Face
Scooter with his Happy Face

Scooter at Lake Superior Playing with a Stick he Found, a prize and a treasure!

Scooter at Lake Superior Playing with a Stick he Found, a prize and a treasure!
Scooter at Lake Superior Playing with a Stick he Found, a prize and a treasure!

Bike Riding

"Now that I'm warm in my cool sweatshirt, it's time to EAT!"

"Now that I'm warm in my cool sweatshirt, it's time to EAT!"
"Now that I'm warm in my cool sweatshirt, it's time to EAT!"

Oatmeal Shampoo

Scooter recommends Perfect Coat Natural Oatmeal Shampoo. It keeps his coat looking shiny and clean, with a light manly fragrance. Rinses out easily with warm water.

River Drinking

Ahh! A nice cool drink from the river.

Frogs in the Swamp

"I'm just touching those frog, they're doing the hopping!"

Waiting at The Airport

Just waiting with Ruthie at the airport, I'm bringing her back to camp with me. This is my 32nd plane ride.

What kind of activities do you and your pet do together?

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      rarag3 

      4 years ago

      Brad (my GSD) is a rescue dog, too! :) Scooter is really cute! Nice story and lens. I think he really found a nice home...

      I agree with @zeeDogWhisperer, everything will be easy if your dog will see you as his BOSS. I use a different site and really helped me with Brad. --> dogtrainingasleader.com -- They have 250+ videos and are adding regularly. You can see the results almost instantly.

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      zeeDogWhisperer 

      4 years ago

      I love my pup too! I trained him so well. Great lens! Thanks!

      By the way, training would be easy to handle if you already established your role as a leader. Based on experience as a trainer, everything goes absolutely smooooooth afterwards. :D

      Here's the keys how: www.myobedientk9s.com

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      Mary 

      5 years ago from Chicago area

      We've had several rescue pets, but cats rather than dogs. Mainly they impede me from working :) But they're so cute I forgive.

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      MaryMitchell 

      5 years ago

      Great dog, great lens - you and he were both lucky you found him in time! My old lab lady is 14 years old so every day is precious. She doesn't play much anymore, but we have lovely slow potters in the local fields.

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      Carol Brooks 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Shadow and I play ball. She is really obsessive about it! You got lucky when you found Scooter.

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      ConvenientCalendar 

      5 years ago

      That picture of Scooter is priceless! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sisters1 

      5 years ago

      My Mini Schnauzer loves trick training I think because he loves to be the center of attention. Thank you for saving Scooter. I hope you have many wonderful years together. Schnauzers Rule!

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      Elastara 

      5 years ago

      I don't have a dog but I love dogs!

      They are adorable, very loyal and faithful!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't have one at the moment. I could see you really love your time with your dog.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Always good to read heartwarming stories. Scooter is a cute friend.

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      Aunt-Mollie 

      5 years ago

      It looks like Scooter found a wonderful home.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What an adorable face! Rescue dogs are the best, aren't they?

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      webscribbler 

      5 years ago

      We don't have a dog at the moment but we do have two very precocious Siamese. Their favorite past-time seems to be laying on our computer keyboards and trying to get attention.

      Your Scooter is a real cutie pie.

      I've long come to believe that rescue animals, know somehow that you've rescued them. They seem more protective and attached than purchased animals do.

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      Karen 

      5 years ago from U.S.

      Scooter is a cutie! He is very lucky to have found you (and you to have found him!)

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      Your scooter is very cute and thanks for the beautiful pictures :)

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      junkcat 

      5 years ago

      My dog is too little to run with me so I put her in the basket on the handle bars. I have a little car harness I use so she doesn't fall out.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I don't have a pet right now but one of my favorite thing to do with my dogs when I had them was to go camping, they are great companions for that.

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