Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Just had one of those moments of realization after a third Christmas dinner and the attached alcoholic binge, plus the mandatory late night dog walk that followed. Dogs and people are pretty similar.

Dogs love to look for patterns, as in after x comes y. When they hear me get up in the morning and start peeing in the toilet, walk time is next, so they start to get excited and riled up. My Kishu Tenko goes into nervous energy mode and paces (she was kennel raised and never walked, so pacing is what she does when she goes over her stress threshold).

People love to look for patterns and rules in life too. It feels so good to know that if we do x, y will follow. It's everywhere. We try to control outcomes, and in their own way, dogs are trying to control outcomes too.

But where it gets really eye opening is when we realize that we're not controlling a lot of the outcomes we're looking for, no more than Tenko is when she paces. Of course there are some things that we can control, but the vast majority of things that happen everyday are actually influenced by too many outside factors to be truly under our control.

People that can't deal with this end up stressing, and dogs do too. This is why I don't let my dogs pace or go into neurotic behavioral patterns. I don't like habits like that, they annoy me, and they're not good for the dog either (no more than they are good for people). It's pretty easy to teach dogs that the toilet flushing in the morning doesn't equal walk time. Just mix up the order of things, and don't move onto walk time until the dog has calmed down. If the dog's not calming down, distract and stop the behavior, then move on to walk time.

This is why I don't have too many patterns with my dogs. I don't walk them at set times every day, and there's no specific order that everyone is walked, or that things are done. Anyway, I learn a lot about behavior hanging with my dogs. It's better for them to be flexible, aware, with higher stress tolerance, less need for controlling their environment, and to be able to handle change. Goes the same way with people.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

More Shikoku Pups

EDIT: These pups have been homed. Thanks!

DOB: 2015/10/06

The top picture is of the male, and the bottom of the female. These pictures were taken at 1 month old.
I already have a few requests for the male out of this litter, so I'll be deciding where he goes after I've picked up the pups later this month.

Available Shikoku Pups

Edit: The black sesame male has been homed. Thanks!

There are three males looking for homes. Might not be everyone's cup of tea since they're out of a half sibling breeding. I did take a look at them yesterday, and they were quite friendly. Their grandfather on both sides is out of Kotofusa.

DOB: 2015/10/04

As usual, message me at if you are interested.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dropped by AKIHO Today

Made the trip down through the night to get to Okayama for the AKIHO Honbuten (national show) today. Stumbled in tired, but it was fun to see all the friendly faces. I prefer the atmosphere at NIPPO shows personally, but it's always a learning experience to see how the other associations judge their breeds, and what they emphasize.

I'm sure there will be pictures up all over the web, so I didn't bother bringing my camera. I was happy to chill and spectate. There were 4 Meiyosho given out this show.