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Fetch the Ball Bruno!

  
Behind is the picturesque view of Mt Apo.
Most of the time Bruno gets to run around in the evening, inside the compound, when all the other renters were inside there rooms or units. We would take Bruno off leashed in the driveway and have him run around or do a fetch the ball game until he's tired. When we do our morning walks he is usually on a leash. Bruno is a big dog and people are likely to be afraid of him not knowing that he is such an adorable and loving companion labrador retriever.


Two weeks ago my cousin handed to me a fully reconditioned and refurbished car (Tamaraw FX). I don't like driving, that's the main reason why I don't buy one. But since Dave and I already had 3 laundry shop branches we find it necessary to have a car for easy monitoring and for pick-up and delivery service in the future.

Since the car is free for our use on Sundays, I made a commitment to bring Bruno in the park or other wide places where he can run freely. This time we went to Davao Riverfront, this is also the place where the famous Davao Zorb Park and Crocodile Parks' are located. 

Bruno and I went around for a walk/run, good thing there's not too many houses yet inside the subdivision. After about 30 minutes of jogging we had water break. Bruno has been taught at home to fetch ball and I don't know if he will still be attentive this time, now that he was in an expansive area to ran around.

Giving Bruno a command to sit before doing the exercise

Getting ready to throw the ball yet still making sure that Bruno stays in a sitting position. 

Releasing the ball while telling Bruno to go "get the ball" so Bruno can start moving.

Bruno retrieves the ball and went back to where I am

Telling Bruno "good dog" while petting him when he release the ball to me
I read from a book Happy Dog, Happy You - A Dog Parenting Handbook (by: Dr. Margarita Carpio, DVM and Jojo Isorena - Dog Training and Behavior Specialist) that for the dogs, work and play are one and the same, unlike us humans who separates work from play. That is why dog owners has to provide activities that will enrich the dogs "life".  For all dogs " a life without exercise and play is a life without fun. A life without fun is no life at all"

This will not be the last time Bruno and I will be playing and running. This is just a beginning of a new Journey that Bruno and Ikoy will have.


13 comments:

  1. Bruno really learns fast and you are great at bonding and teaching dogs tricks.

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  2. You and Bruno are quite fortunate to have this friendship since you seem to bring out the best from each other.

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  3. I miss our old old dog.. who died a long time ago... Great time with your dog! .. and good luck with your business venture! :)

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  4. I once taught our dog (a shitzu) to fetch a ball, the funny thing is he fetches the ball and never goes back which is so selfishly ridiculous HAHA

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  5. that was awesome ... i tried that with our dog "Happy" but she just put a blank stare on me ... hmmm. I could use some of the method you did. or maybe next time i put a little meat on the stick ... hahaha..

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  6. I'm sure Bruno will learn a lot from his master who's a very much dedicated teacher. Teaching your beloved pet some tricks is a good form of dog's exercise. Long way to go, Bruno!

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  7. It must take patience in training a dog and it shows you've got a lot of it.

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  8. Awww... Bruno seems to be an adorable labrador. :) I might go to Davao next year.. I hope that I also get to meet you and Bruno during my visit. :)

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  9. Good dog.. Bro, much better if Bruno gets a regular daily walk even for 15 minutes.

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  10. Some dogs are bred to retrieve (or "fetch" as some call it). Labradors, Retrievers, etc (primarily dogs used in hunting) are bred for this, and will naturally chase a ball or other such toys because they're bred for it. It's not really "teaching" your dog to retrieve, it's more that you're teaching him manners when doing what he/she has been bred to do.

    It's also a great way to bond with your animal by playing with their natural instincts. Some dogs refuse to fetch because it's not in their blood (note lovemindanao's post about their dog Happy). Look for other ways to bond with them: cuddling, walks, sheep herding, digging, etc. Every dog is different and will bond with you in it's own special way. :)

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  11. You're really fond of Bruno, aren't you? :) I wonder if he knows how famous he's getting online. :D

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  12. Its good that you spend a time with your pet (bruno) and I think you should teach him how to roll too. LOL. I have a Labrador and I too like teach him how to roll too but he just ignore me.

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  13. It's a tough task to teach a dog how to fetch ball! I've spent months trying to teach my girlfriend's pug how to sit and stay, and right now we're still at "sit". Could be years before we reach "fetch"! Haha.

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