Saturday, March 29, 2014

Getting Fit with a German Shepherd

We have decided to get more fit this year.  So we purchased Fitbit activity monitors to help track our progress and motivate us.  They seem to be working well so far.  Both of us have lost about twenty pounds and our activity levels have greatly increased!  Yay!  The bonus is that Bodie benefits from this also.  He gets daily walks no matter the weather.  When you have a huge backyard it is easy to get out of the habit of walking the dog, especially when Bodie does laps around the yard [he monitors the activity on the trail :) ]. 

Bodie before his walk.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

German Shepherds are Smart!

New Command
I am constantly amazed at how smart German Shepherds are!  Bodie is learning a new command, one I made up myself: “Come Help Me”.

Let me explain.  Part One: I have a physical condition that is constantly getting worse and it makes walking painful.  Occasionally, my knee completely gives way and I almost fall.  Part Two: we recently started using a harness on Bodie, a Kong harness with a handle.
I noticed that when I took Bodie outside, holding onto his harness really helped me going up and down the steps to the backyard.  I started saying “Help Me” as I went up and down the steps.  Pretty soon, all I had to do was say “Bodie, come help me” and he will come up to my left side so I can hold onto his harness as I walk.  Smart Boy!