Ace or Ace-Chan (as we have nicknamed him) is a Miniature Australian Shepherd, Blue Merle, with one Blue & one Brownish/Grey Eye!
He was born on January 20th 2010 in Alliston, Ontario (Just about 1.5 hours North of Toronto).
He arrived at his Forever home to his new human mommy & daddy on March 10th, 2010!
Ace now lives with his mommy (me) in New York! Follow us as we start fresh and have adventures in New York!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mini Aussie Tricks & Behaviours! =P

Well puppy classes start tomorrow (Friday) as I mentioned in a few previous posts. It's scary to think how quickly the time passes. Ace was just over 5 pounds & 7 weeks old when we brought him home and he is now 12 pounds & 13 weeks! Carrying him to his crate is going to become a problem pretty soon I can already see it haha ;)
So being as puppy Obedience classes start tomorrow, I have decided to put together a list of things I really want to work on with Ace.
(Also, things I can discuss with the trainer, or even my blogging buddies for advice!)

*Ace can already Sit, Lay Down, Roll Over, Speak, & he sometimes will Shake*

1) Barking- Ace's voice has become his favourite thing to listen to haha, he barks when he wants out of his crate to go potty/or just to come out, when he wants attention, when he sees me get his food out, and at other dogs when they don't play with him (or during play). 
I have tried a few different things to help correct it, but so far none are really working (don't worry I don't give up that easily!)
-Quietly (in an low tone) saying *Quiet* when he barks, then praising him when he's quiet.
-Taking two fingers and lightly tapping him on the nose and saying *Quiet*(and of course praising him)
-A soda can with pennies, and shaking it when he barks
-Ignoring him when he barks
2)Drop it-Ace is really getting into eating EVERYTHING, he takes nibbles off of boxes, bags, leaves, sticks, etc. I need him to DROP it, especially if it could cause choking! I have already had to save him from choking 2 times!! Needless to say I was sweating/freaking out haha. Last week, he picked up a small tin ant trap at daddy's parent's house and I had to pry his mouth open to drop it! Luckily it was still in tact and there was no sign of him getting any poison in his mouth.
3)Biting- You know this has to stop when every time you wash your hands your skin burns like it's on fire because of 50 puppy teeth marks! His bites hurt! 
4)Stay- This is something that would really help for just...everyday! While I am cooking, cleaning, or even while the front door is open it would be very convenient (and SAFE) to have him be able to Stay put until I release him from the command. He is so antsy, being a puppy, it's understandable. That one might take some time haha

Here is Ace up to his latest antics...
I found this Ikea trash can laying around, I don't know where it came from & I don't think it was ever used for looks brand new, but I cleaned it out anyway and decided to use it for Ace's toys!
Yea...every time I put the toys in...Ace comes right behind me and takes them right out!
He decided "why bother with all the toys, when I can just play with the bin"

"How am I supposed to carry this thing?!? Maybe I will ride on top!"

"Maybe if I bark at it I can herd it!"

Taking it back his little bed to snuggle with it LOL
He then went on to munch on the edges and look at me as if to offer a bite. I of course declined haha

So excited for tomorrow! I hope they don't mind me snapping some pictures at the class!!


  1. Training is such a good idea. It helps with socialization, puppies learn skills, and it helps bond puppy and handler.


  2. Training is a good thing for all the reasons above, but also because you will get to see all the puppies learning, re-learning, progressing and regressing. Some do get it faster and better than others.

    It was so thrilling the first time Kia came when called. And then he decided to come and keep right on going so we had to work that one out next.

  3. It sounds like he's ahead of the game really. He can do so many things already. The others will come with time and patience. He looks like a total character in that second pic - he's adorable!

  4. For a pup, me think Ace is already ahead of the class. Have fun in class tomorrow.

    Licks, hero

  5. I hope Ace can muster everything in OB class! He sure is a quick learner.
    Have fun Ace and be good. Show everybody what you can do!

  6. Thanks everyone!! We are Very excited! I was working on Lay Down with him today...he flops over on his side and that is his lay down hahaha
    *Sigh* he is QUITE the character haha, he's the best!
    I will post pics as soon as I can from puppy class tonight!