How do you get Benji to sit and pose since he cannot hear or see?
When Benji first joined our family, Mommy hand fed him his meals. Using the smell of the food and the motion of her hand in front of his nose, she was able to teach him to sit. Once he learned how to sit, she taught him to follow the smell of the food to look towards the camera. While taking photos, we will use the smell of a treat to get him to turn his head towards the camera.
He naturally stays in place. Since he doesn’t know what the landscape looks like, when he’s placed in his spot he won’t move from it. Usually our biggest challenge is that he lays down.
Also, he loves having the wind blowing in his face, so if we can pose him into the wind, it makes looking towards the camera that much easier.
Of course, just like with any pup the more you do it the more you become a pro. Benji has posed for a lot of photos, so he knows the drill!
What is Bruiser's longest jump?
Bruiser is amazing! His competition personal best is 7 feet which he achieved on September 10th, 2016 at an NADD event held at Hunter Canine.
In practice, during the 2017 season, Bruiser has jumped 8 feet, 6 inches.
How did Bruiser learn to dock dive?
Bruiser was introduced to Dock Diving through taking swimming lessons with Beth at Hunter Canine. Initially, he started out simply going down the exit ramp and entering the water to swim.
Over time, he began showing interest in jumping form the exit ramp into the water. We could see his potential!
From there it was all a matter of finding a toy that he was driven to retrieve. We slowly started to build his confidence. At home he learned to jump from the shallow shelf in our pool, then from the side of the pool, then from progressively higher perches (a box, two boxes, a lounge chair, a box on a lounge chair). Evenutally, he was comfortable jumping from a 24 inch height which is the regulation dock height.
We transferred his confidence to the dock at Hunter Canine and the rest was history!
Want to see the process in action? Check out our blog post on how we taught a small dog to dock dive.
What are the different dock diving organizations?
In the U.S. we are familiar with four organizations: Ultimate Air Dogs, North American Diving Dogs, Splash Dogs and Dock Dogs. Each group has their own rules, competitions and nationals. So far, Bruiser has competed with Ultimate Air Dogs & North American Diving Dogs…earning an invite to each of their National Competitions.
Bruiser competed in the Ultimate Air Games which is the Ultimate Air Dogs national competition, held at Purina Farms in Grey Summit, Missouri October 27-30, 2016.
What camera & lens do you use?
Do you work outside of the home?
Mommy has been a professional photographer for almost 15 years. When we lived in Kansas, she ran a full time photography studio, specializing in Baby & Children photography. She still works with some of her life long clients, but running her business has taken a back seat to taking care of us. We’re very demanding!
What kind of diet do you feed the pack?
We feed a home made, raw / real food diet for dogs, consisting of a mixture of 1/3 ground meat (turkey, chicken, bison, beef, duck from US Wellness Meats) and 2/3 pureed vegetables (50% starchy carb and 50% greens). We follow Dr Dobias’ teachings and also use his vitamin, mineral and probiotic products.
What do you use when you are in the car?
When we are out and about, we travel in the Easy Rider Car Harness. It’s a comfortable harness that goes around their chest and then the seat belt goes through the loop. It gives them some room to move, but keeps them in place. And, the seatbelt will lock up and restrict them from moving if you were to hit something.
The Pack fits into the Small size.
Thankfully, we have never been in an accident, so we can’t say with 100% certainty that it’s the best thing out there, but it’s what we use for short or long road trips.
Who's Who in the silhouette picture?
Left to Right: Pebbles, Joey, Jax, Benji & Bruiser