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Video of Callie Dock Jumping and Retrieving Her Water Frisbee

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Like Jamie, Callie Golden Retriever loves dock jumping and swimming at Lake Arrowhead.  She has her own routine, which is great, because it keeps her safe from boat traffic on the lake.  First, she runs to the end of the boat dock.  Sometimes, she waits for someone to throw her Frisbee in the lake, but sometimes she just jumps in, knowing that the Firsbee will soon follow.

Once the Frisbee is in the water, she swims to it, retrieves it, and swims to shore.  Fortunately, she has some very convenient stone steps for climbing out of the water and back to the dock.  She shakes off all that water — on anyone who’s close — picks up the Frisbee, and heads out for another lap.   She would keep dock jumping and swimming all day, if we let her.

It’s a great #dogbonding activity, because getting it all set up involves some real teamwork.

Here’s what it looks like:


Black Lab Exhibits #dogbonding In Its Purest Form

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The conversation about #dogbonding got a poster child last week in the form of a now-famous black lab that refused to leave the side of it’s yellow lab partner whom had been struck by a car.  You’ve probably heard the story by now, but if you haven’t seen the video, it’s very touching to see the depth of the black lab’s bond to its friend.


Sometimes it seems like #dogbonding is easier for dogs than it is for people.  It’s a natural state for a dog; we humans just need to get out of the way!

Dogs Like Structure — Video Of Callie’s Five Daily Soccer Rituals

Monday, February 27th, 2012

We know that dogs like structure.  They seem to be at their best in comfortable surroundings and familiar situations.  I think that, given the opportunity, they even invent their own structure.  Callie has certainly done that with her Lake Arrowhead swimming routine — jump from the dock, retrieve the Frisbee, swim ashore, drop the Frisbee to shake off, grab the Frisbee and race back out on the boat dock to do it all again.

In this video, you’ll see the five “ritual” behaviors that are part of Callie’s (and my) daily soccer game.  First, the “invitation” to play.  Second, doing “nosers,” or “bonking” the ball off her nose.  Third, playing “keep away,” so I can’t pick the ball up and end the game.  Fourth, “begging” to keep playing.  And, finally, “high-five” to say, “good game!”


Video of Dog Swimming (1:19): Callie’s Superbowl Sunday Swim

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

It’s always fun to watch a dog swimming.  It’s Callie’s favorite thing to do at Lake Arrowhead.

She jumps off the boat dock, swims out to retrieve her Frisbee, swims ashore, and brings her Frisbee back to the boat dock for another toss.

The water temperature wasn’t too bad — about 43 degrees.  The humans had their “polar bear” swim that day, so we know it wasn’t too cold for dog swimming.  But when Callie got out of the water, we were careful to dry her off as quickly as possible and get her back into a warm and cozy place.

When Callie climbs out of the lake, she’s pretty far from the camera, but notice how she picks up her Frisbee and brings it back out on the dock.  It’s part of her dog training, and it’s a great behavior.

What better way to bond with your dog than to help it do one of its favorite things?


Maggie Golden Retriever Goes Nuts Over Dogs On TV

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Can dogs see what’s on TV?  The conventional wisdom is that they see TV very differently than humans — that they don’t really know what they are seeing.

Here is an article from that explains how dogs’ vision is different from humans’.

And here’s one from

Now you tell me what’s going on in this video of Maggie Golden Retriever.  Is she just reacting to a “blob,” or does she think she’s seeing a dog?  Notice that most of the time she’s right in the face of the dogs on TV.


Update on Callie’s Soccer Nosers

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Here’s some slightly better video of Callie doing her soccer “nosers.” Sorry about the lighting, but you’ll get the idea.


Callie Does Soccer “Nosers” — Video

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Callie Golden Retriever first “invited” me to play soccer when she arrived at my home at age eight-weeks old.  She spotted an under-inflated practice soccer ball in the back yard and ran to it.  Frankly, I’m not sure why the ball was there or where it came from; it’s part of Callie’s mystery, I guess.  But Callie ran to the other side of the ball, scrunched down behind it, looked me right in the eye, and said, “OK, Fred, show me what you’ve got.”  I gave the ball a kick and Callie ran and trapped it under her tummy.  She was such a tiny puppy that she could hardly get all four feet to touch the ground.  Here’s what she looked like:

Almost every day since then, for over three and a half years, Callie and I have played soccer.  She’s graduated to doing “nosers.”  If she was a person, you’d call it a “header,” but when you’re a Golden Retriever, your nose gets in the way, so it’s a “noser.”  Here’s a recent demonstration of Callie’s “noser” technique:

httpv:// Callie Show off Her Soccer “Nosers”

Dog Behavior: Why is Callie Scratching Her Crate? Video

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Every once in a while, Callie Golden Retriever goes into her crate — either at home or at Lake Arrowhead — and scratches the floor for a few minutes. I have no idea why she does it. A few of the trainers and animal behaviorists who have been guests on the “My Doggie Says…” radio talk show have suggested that she’s doing what she would do in the forest — preparing a nice “nest” for herself. Maybe it’s this simple. It makes sense, but it sure is weird to see her do it. This video was taken in very low light, but you’ll get the idea:

Notice how Callie turns toward me, as if to say, “So what’s your problem?” Then she lies down to go to sleep.

Callie, soccer dog, shows off her "nosers" (Video)

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Check this out. You’ve been hearing about Callie’s soccer skills and how she invites me to play soccer every day. Soccer has become an integral pert of Callie’s dog personality. She’s graduated from trapping the ball under her tummy to doing “nosers.” “Nosers” are what you do if you are a Golden Retriever and your nose gets in the way of doing a “header.”


What does your dog do for fun? Make a comment or send a video link, and we’ll share it with our readers.

Play like this can bring you a lot closer to your pet. In Callie’s case, soccer was her idea, so I’m nurturing her dog nature by going along with her whenever I can. Plus, it’s fun for me, too!

What’s your dog’s favorite sport? Is there a game you can play with your dog? Got video? Post a comment; share a link.

Leaping Soccer-Playing Golden Retriever Does "Headers;" Or Are They "Nosers?"

Monday, October 27th, 2008

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that my Golden Retriever puppy, Callie, now 22 months old, started inviting me to play soccer shortly she moved in to my home, at age 8 weeks. Here’s a photo of Callie trying to get a soccer game going when she was about 12 weeks old.

Callie’s been working hard on her soccer skills. Every time I walk past the slightly-open sliding door to the back yard, Callie pokes her nose through the opening, sending me an obvious message, “Hey, Fred, could we please play soccer?”

Usually, the game is that I kick the ball, and Callie runs and traps it under her tummy. Or she puts her paw on it until I kick it away. Like any good soccer player, Callie tries to anticipate which way I’m going to kick the ball. She stays low and balanced and tries to figure out which way the ball is going, so she can trap it right away. If I do manage to get it past her, she races to catch up with the ball, and then she captures it until I’m ready for the next kick.

As Callie has grown, she has become much better at jumping to try to “grab” a high kick. After all, her dad (Cutter, Any Way You Slice It), is an American and Canadian agility champion. So Callie has some good, athletic genes. She jumps to try to “catch” even the highest kick. She can’t really do “headers,” but she’s invented the “doggie noser.” Our soccer ball is slightly under-inflated, so when Callie “noses” the ball, it makes a loud “bonk” noise.

Here are some edited clips of Callie doing “nosers.” See if you can solve the “Where is Callie?” puzzle mid-way through the video. At one point, Callie hides behind a bush and waits for me to kick the ball. She’s just full of tricks.