Saturday, June 21, 2008


Today, my agility training club had our annual picnic at the lake. We talk about dogs, eat, and let the dogs run-a-muck. Like my hounds, I'm pretty food motivated, so I'm always happy to talk dogs over some lunch, but I'm not a big fan of the run-a-muck. There was a time when Travis used to catch other dogs. He is wonderful now, but when a bunch of dogs are running in all directions, he isn't quite sure what to do with himself. He doesn't really play and wrestle like the other dogs do. Katie never runs-a-muck. She works for food and that is it. She would stand there staring at me the whole time..... never giving in to being distracted by the chaos. Reagan.... don't know. The biggest concern is that Reagan could get distracted and stop listening to me. Being ignored is not something I want to practice. It happens everytime.... eventually you start to hear certain people calling their dog's name over and over and over again.... usually while the dog is running in another direction.

We arrived early. I wanted to take them hiking first, so they would get plenty of exercise. We found another turtle. Turtles are great because they just are not good for chasing. Other than one squirrel mishap, I have always been able to distract my guys from the fox, deer, and one mama possum with 3 babies on her back..... knock on wood.

When we got back to the lodge, a few other humans and their dogs had arrived. We went down to the lake for some swimming. Katie swam along the dock a few times for food. I introduced the idea to Travis and he seemed to like the idea of swimming for food as well. Reagan tried offering downs on the dock.

I put Travis and Katie back in the van and decided to let Reagan try running-a-muck with a couple of coonhounds, standard poodles, and American Eskimos. She played nice and stayed very attentive to me. She fetched her toy from the lake.... just chest high water.... while the other dogs ran around. At one point she took off running with other dogs in pursuit. This led her to finding some dead fish remains to roll in. My other greyhounds have never done much rolling in gross smells, but Reagan is all over it. That was good for me... time to go back to the van.

All in all we had a fun time.


Maria said...

Running a muck is not one of my favorites....Canoe is one of those dogs who, like a sibling, loves to run and then comes very close to crossing the line into aggression....excitement...chasing without pure intentions. On lead, much more correctable.

Loved the pic of the turtle!

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Where do these dogs run-a-muck?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

My thoughts exactly, Maria. Denise, there is some private lake property that you can pay a membership fee to use. Its where I take mine hiking.


SquirrelGurl said...

Looks like fun, especially the turtle. I agree with the running a-muck, you have to have the right mix of dogs for it to work.

It's because of this that I generally visit our local dog park during "off-peak" times when there are more regualrs with the better behaved dogs than on the weekends when it seems everybody and their brother brings their hyped up, untrained dogs to "play."

I had an incident where my sheltie was bitten by another sheltie who was running alongside him. For no apparent reason the other dog just reached over and grabbed my dog by the head- they had played fine for 30 minutes prior. Then the other dog just snapped I guess.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Hi Squirrelgurl, Thanks for visiting. I think the smart, responsible dog owners tend to go during those off-peak hours like you do. I've gone to dog parks with a friend and she did the same thing. So far, I've never ventured to one with a greyhound. I don't think my greyhounds would be any fun for the other dogs.


greytblackdog said...

I'm with you. Running-A-Muck is just asking for trouble. we have done the dog park thing once or twice and seka just stays next to us watching the other dogs wrestle and slobber on each other. She really doesn't want to have anything to do with it.