Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS! Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns. If you have a sweet-filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo for an upcoming Sunday Sweets, send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).

Charlie and Nellie Mae frolic in the snow

A warm welcome to Foster Christie Ann 

CP Garmond likes to curl up with a good book

CP Folly and CP Gareth cuddle on a couch of their own

Foster Cupid enjoys a nap

More Cairns on couches! (Dougie and MacPerry)

Elsa prefers to lounge on leather

Sunny (fna CP Halia) enjoys her Kong

Foster Kimmie models her favorite undies

Radley gets a sleek new cut

Foster Skipper Lee serenely explores the great outdoors

Foster St. Lucia is ready for someone to take care of her

Stannis is off on an adventure

Foster Zeb settles nicely in to his new home



Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Funnies


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

The name game: Three ways to teach your dog its name

By Elizabeth B.

It seems like everyone I know has adopted a new dog this winter, whether that’s a puppy or a rescue. For many, this means going through the joys of puppy-proofing, housebreaking, leash training—and even teaching the dog its new name.

Fortunately, there are several name games you can play with your dog to help a new name sink in super quick. (And they’re more effective than merely sing-songing the name until the dog happens to catch on). You can play the first one by yourself to lay the foundation. Then you’ll need help from family and friends for the other two.

By yourself

The idea here is to give your dog a choice. You say the name only once, and then they choose to look at you or not. If they make the right choice, they get a treat. How it works:
  • Say your dog’s name—once—in a bright, friendly voice. 
  • If they look over at you, praise them and give them a high-value treat.
  • If they don’t, ignore them for a while, then try again.
  • Wait until they’re no longer looking at you, then call them again. Praise and treat. 
  • Repeat several times a day over several days until they’ve got it down pat. 
  • Also, make sure to try this out in all sorts of settings, indoors and out. And even challenge your dog by calling their name when there are distractions, like a passing car or a squirrel. 

With a partner 

This was the game I used to help my cairn terrier, True, learn his name in about 10 minutes. For this one, you’ll need the help of another person. How it works:
  • Have two people stand a few feet apart, either inside or out. 
  •  Have the first person call the dog in a bright-friendly voice. 
  • If they trot over to you, give them praise and a high-value treat. If they do nothing, don’t repeat the name. Just wait 10 seconds and try again. 
  • Have the second person call the dog. Praise and treat. 
  • After you’ve gone through a few cycles of this, step back to increase the distance. 

In a group 

After your dog is starting to get a grasp on their name, it’s time to widen the circle so they get comfortable with other people saying their name, too. This is a great game to trot out at parties, as friends and family tend to enjoy it. It makes for a great icebreaker and a chance for other people to bond with your new dog. How it works:
  • Have friends or family stand or sit in a loose circle. Give everyone a few of your dog’s treats to hold. 
  • Go first and call your dog’s name. 
  • When they come to you, praise them and give them a treat. 
  • Have someone else in the circle call the dog, ideally when the dog isn’t looking at them. Again, praise and treat. 
  • If the dog doesn’t immediately go to person who calls, don’t repeat the name. Just wait and try again in 5-10 seconds. Eventually, they’ll start to catch on that they don’t get the treat until they go to the person who calls, the first time. 
  • Repeat until everyone’s had a chance to call the dog. 
You can also mix things up by asking friends and family to hold on to a treat or two and call the dog randomly at any point during your gathering. This helps keep the dog on their toes.

Now if only there were some quick tricks like this to housetrain a dog!


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday Sweets!

Sunday is full of SWEETS! Each week we showcase the sweeter side of Cairns. If you have a sweet-filled Cairn and would like us to consider YOUR photo for an upcoming Sunday Sweets, send it to us at cpcrnblog@gmail.com (All photo submissions become the property of CPCRN and may be used for fundraising, promotion and/or outreach purposes.).

Foster Mike is on the scene

Foster Snowball can apparently sleep anywhere

Foster Fitzroy is matchy-matchy with his blankie

Best buds Jack and Charley

Foster Kelly Nelly goes for some sugar

Foster Little Lulu is all dolled up with nowhere to go

CP Raquel nestles on the new quilt she got for Christmas

"Come snuggle in bed," says Foster Roomba.

Foster Santorini has eyes to melt your heart

Foster Sister Bertrille is staying warm this winter

Foster Snowball, now wide awake and up for anything

It was love at first sight for Foster Solovey!

Foster St. Lucia takes a well-deserved break from her pups

Foster Sunflower is a sweet little ray of sunshine

Foster Zeb shows off his best "puppy pose"



Friday, January 4, 2019

Friday Funnies

Mutt 'n' Busted 



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