1. Stopping your dog - what do you prefer? On their feet? On their belly? Some combination?
With Kipp, I'm just happy with a complete stop that he holds for a few seconds at this point...
2. At what point do you start teaching this?
I started when I could get him to comfortably stop for a nano second (hey, it's Kipp)
3. Do you have a favorite dog? I won't tell.
Honestly that would be my dear late Missy dog. Every dog I have in the future is going to have the misfortune of being measured against her. I don't like to compare dogs because they're all individuals, but it's going to happen...
With my current two, Kipp is the favorite. He's very simple in many ways but he wants to work, he tries hard and he's my buddy. We've come to understand each other pretty well.
4. What is the #1 thing a dog can do to push your buttons?
Counter surf/trash raiding are big pet peeves. I can keep things away from the dogs but family members haven't all developed that knack. So Kipp raids the garbage bucket that is set to go to the chickens. Usually I don't mind it, but I do when he then wakes my up three times during the night to go outside because something didn't agree with his tummy.
Barking (or probably yapping) is another huge one. Can't stand unnecessary barking. Barking because someone comes to the door? okay. Barking because there's a squirrel in the tree? Grr...
5. Brrrrr... it's winter. What is your favorite soup recipe?
I love simple Crock Pot Chili for the winter
Cook 2# of stew meat and 1-2 onions in the crockpot on low for 4-6 hours. Then add 2-3 cans of chili beans and 1-2 can of tomatoes and cook for 1-2 hours. Serve with chips and crackers
So simple and very good!