Saturday, July 5, 2008

Training 101

Hey Pups,

Siberians are born with some innate behaviors such as running, pulling, wooing, and shedding to name a few. But there are certain Siberian behaviors which must be handed down from generation to generation. Kelsey Ann, Canyon and I have been working on these things with Biloxi over the last nine days. We conferenced and determined that each of us would begin with one thing we do very well. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of these things because Mom and Dad yell at him to stop and don't take time to get the camera.

Kelsey Ann decided she would teach Biloxi to drink from the toilet. Biloxi now waits for the bathroom door to be left open and dashes in there to get some of the fresh cool water. He does a very nice job of slopping toilet water all over the bathroom floor.

Canyon taught Biloxi the best food scraps are licked off of bowls, plates and silverware in the dishwasher. This one he hasn't quite mastered yet. He stole a steak knife from the dishwasher and took it to a dog bed to lick after the humans had ribeyes. Unfortunately, he ended up with a small cut on his lip before the steak knife was extracted from his mouth.

I've been working with him on opening doors. At the bottom of the stairs, there is a door into the family room. This door is usually closed, but it doesn't latch. A good, swift kick with two front paws will open the door nicely. Biloxi doesn't quite have enough weight behind him in order to do this effectively, but he did learn to hit the door at the same time I do. Two sets of dog claws will leave even more scratches all over the door.

Despite this little guy's poor start to life, he will grow up into a fine Siberian.

Kisses, Sky

14 woo woos:

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

It sounds like you're doing a great job with Biloxi! Keep it up. I can't wait to here more.


cyber-sibes said...

How sweet of you to take Biloxi under your paw like that! Sounds like he's well along the way to becoming a proud member of HULA.

Wooos & a-roos,
Star & Jack-a-roo

Anonymous said...

Nice job KA! I have never been a toliet drinker.... so I am pretty sure Cornelia Marie won't learn that trick here, ha roo!

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Hmmmm, I wonder what I khan add to his skill set?

I'm with Khanyon on the magikh thing that khleans the dishes - I offer to help but Mom always manages to khlose it whilst I'm fokhused!

Keep up the good work and please keep us posted on his progress!!


Eva said...

Great job passing your skills to the the young pup. Though I do have to say that I don't understand the drinking from the big white water bowl. But Brice does it. He must have learned it from the other Tervs he lived with.

Princess Eva

Tucker said...

I didn't know that any humans with dogs left their toilets open!

But for sure it's important to share info in a pack!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You have such a full house already. How do you ever do half of what you do? You are great folks to care so much and do so much to help. Biloxi is a lucky foster dog.


Hello everybody,

Just stopping by to hello. Sorry we have beeb MIA but there has been so much going on that we are just now able to read up on some blogs.

Biloxi sure is looking good now. Your pawrents are such special people like all the reacue people we know.

Love you all...Mona

Sophie Brador said...

I do all those things very well, except for the door opening. I'm just not comfortable opening closed doors. One thing you might want to teach Biloxi is to bark when the lid to the toilet is closed. I do that all that time and sometimes, if mom is feeling particularly generous, she will even open it for me. Ah, the finer things in life.


Holly said...

He is definitely working on his HULA certificate! And seems to be doing quite a good job!!


Amici said...

You all are training him well. I especially like the trick of getting the scraps of food from the dishes in the dishwasher. That IS a GOOD one. :)

The Daily Echo said...

I'm so glad to hear you're mastering Dishwasher Pre-Rinsing. That's one of my specialties.

The Army of Four said...

Way to go, Sky! It truly is important to teach our young ones the way of the Siberian!
Tail wags,

Simcha said...

Yes, usually these traits are a result of years of proper breeding but can be taught to even Husky's with an unknown pedigree.