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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sunsets at K's Rock

As many of you know, I love taking photos of Shyla at sunset in the desert. She's an amazing model, and she's reached a point where she seems to know what I want her to do before I ask.

So, when she lets me know that she wants to have some non-photographic fun during a sunset shoot, I let her. She's earned it. One day on our trip, she wheeled around to do a recall.

But she stopped before she got to me to pick up a stick.

I thought that she wanted me to play fetch, which I started to do, but she stopped to chew on the stick. And she made the funniest faces!

This one qualifies for Tongue-out Tuesday!
Actually, this little tidbit demonstrates something that I've learned with positive training. Because I am not compelling Shyla to do any behaviors during training but I'm instead relying on her willingness to work with me, I need to be willing to give a little bit - let her play with a stick when that's what she wants - rather than being a drill sergeant. It makes working with Shyla a lot more fun!

Happy Tuesday.


  1. I would love to watch this in real life. this is next best and I am still smiling at the FACE... I wonder what mine would look like eating a stick?

  2. Hee hee, she is too funny. You are a great trainer, and could really give some pointers to others out there.

  3. Beautiful! Thanks for the smiles pretty Shyla!

  4. That is the goofiest smile ever. And a stick, what fun they can have with the basic toy from nature. Love those shots that glow.

  5. Kudos for letting her do her thing and for capturing some pawsome shots in the process.

  6. BOL, she has a funny chewing face! But at least she was having fun!

  7. LOL - those photos are too funny AND cute. So many times Shyla reminds us a lot of your dear Angel K.

  8. Your pictures are making us smile, Shyla☺

  9. Oh my gosh, those faces - too funny! Someone suggested to me once that I let the dogs choose which way to go on walks sometimes, so we do that some. It does seem to make them happy! The only problem is when Cricket chooses one way, and Luke the other. LOL
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  10. What a wonderful captures of a very fun side of Shyla!!

  11. HaHa! Maybe the stick tasted odd.
    Hazel & Mabel

  12. Humans get the best results from dogs when it is fun. No fun, not the best work. Love that first face, pretty funny.


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