Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rip the retriever?

Rip likes to carry things around.  Every morning when I let him out of his crate to go outside, he searches around on the floor near the bed, finds one of my slippers (or socks), picks it up, and carries it nicely to the door.

Friday when I took the dogs for a walk, I dropped one of my gloves.  Rip came over and very nicely picked up the glove.  I let him carry it for a minute, then I told him to "give" and I took the glove back.  He gave me such a keen and pleading looking that I told him to "take" and gave him the glove back.   Rip proceeded to very proudly and seriously carry the glove nicely in his mouth for the rest of our walk (approx 40 minutes).  Such a helpful boy.

Here's a couple of pictures I grabbed with my phone.  The white thing in Rip's mouth is my glove.  It's now slightly grey, but washes easily :)

Don't take my glove away.  I'm working!

I won't have any trouble with the glove exercise in Utility, mom

I doesn't look like it will be much of a struggle to train Rip to retrieve dumbbells or gloves for obedience!  This will be a welcome change from all the work I had to do to get Maggie, Denzil, and Ziggy to retrieve.


  1. Such a smart AND handsome boy. He is going to be so much fun.

  2. How cute. It's like he's looking for his special place in the pack - he's the toter.

  3. We have a Golden up the street that we call "Glove Dog". His owner runs, so he carries one work glove and Glove Dog carries the other one in his mouth. If he gets too slow, the owner gets the glove back for a while and Glove Dog picks up the pace! It's really funny/strange.

    Rip is getting so big! What a handsome boy.

  4. Magic was a natural retriever too, the girls are not. I see a future with a fine assortment of letters tied to that boys name,

  5. Pixel is the same- a natural retriever- and yes, it makes it SO much easier to train fetching. :) You are going to have so much fun with him!

  6. Rip's sister Summer is almost never without something in her mouth. She carries sticks and bones around all day long. Guess it runs in the family.


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