Milo’s Rules

Is this too close to yr toast?

Those of you who have followed our stories of Milo the Irish Wolfhorse, know that he got himself into a bit of trouble not long ago.  We’re pleased to say, that our behaviour modification is coming along well following the program of Sean Ehler – a man with an astounding intuition of dogs, which coincides with the principals of  NILIF (as suggested to us by Shelley, thankyou so much!) and best of all, it is bringing out a side of Milo that has placed him even more firmly in our hearts and in our home.  The rules seem a little harsh, but they are what we need to do to keep Milo safe, and to be responsible within our community.

1.  Milo only gets pats when he is lying down, or as a reward for obeying commands.

2.  Milo must not play with small dogs. (Jemma Jack Russell doesn’t count, because she is the boss)

3.  Milo must sit before given meals.  He has 15 minutes to eat them.

4.  Milo must not be let off his lead (intentionally) on walks off the property.

5.  Milo must not have bones. Ever.

6.  Milo will have timeouts if he breaches or ignores commands.

7.  Milo can only walk on a ‘gentle leader’ off the property.

8.  Milo must be ignored whenever he is in an agitated or excited state.

We thought he was a great, big, dumb doggy, and we were very surprised to discover that he is a big, dopey doggy with a great capacity to learn, and a huge desire to be a part of our family…until he sees other dogs playing together and then he just wants to go and join their pack.  That’s our falling point.

The good news is that the kids have taught him to ‘sit’, ‘drop’ and ‘shake hands’.  When he ‘drops’, he does it so enthusiastically that the pictures shake on the walls.  His ‘shake’ is a very serious one: “Nice to meet you Mr Prime Minister.”

I am a terribly stuperstitious person (yeah, that’s stuperstitious) and will probably only tentatively post about Milo so as not to draw attention from the evil and mischievous forces of ‘the Eye’, but thankyou for all your support.  He’s doin’ good!  Touch wood.

9 thoughts on “Milo’s Rules

  1. Congratulations, and keep up the good work, all of you!
    We apply the now-or-next-meal rule to Cai, and try to apply the ignoring-agitatedness one (although we usually end up barking — oops) . As the Cardis only come halfway up to our knees, we don’t worry too much about making them lie down for pats.

  2. Thankyou so much, peeps…your support has meant so much. Lavenderbay, I’m thinking a Cardi might well be in my future. And Jack’s Mom, I figure this is all good training for if ever any of the kids go off the rails! 🙂 Truly, I jest.

  3. I am so glad to hear that NILIF is working for you. And there is NILIF for children – the person who is responsible for it is Barbara Coloroso 🙂 I used her methods with my two and they didn’t turn out TOO badly!

    If you ever seriously decide on that Cardi, please allow me to pass you on to people I know down there so you get the best 🙂

  4. I’ve read Barbara before – she’s great! We instinctively use these principles with the kids too! And as for the corgi: I most certainly will – you’re the lady in the know!

  5. I have an Irish wolfhound too. There are indeed quite the characters! I was just on another blog reading about dog safety tips. I added this one and thought you and your readers may be interested, as it pertains to IW’s and other large dogs.

    I had to buy him a coat this past autumn as we live out in the country and at 35″ at the withers and about 175lb we were afraid he may be mistaken for a deer by hunters while we were walking in our woods. Believe it or not we had to get a 44″ long pony blanket to fit properly. It is fluorescent green/yellow (like the police wear) and we added lots and lots of fluorecent orange tape to it. He may now be mistaken for a very large traffic cone, but definitely not a deer!

    (you can also get solid fluorescent orange hunting vests mage specifically for smaller dogs, which they can wear even if you are not a hunter, but just to prefer to go for a stroll in the woods, like me. And hey, don’t forget to wear orange yourself!)

    Anyway he looks very cute in it!

    If you have an interest in reading about Harley and seeing some great photos, please check out the following:



    • I appreciate the advice “A”…but have to admit the visual image had me giggling a bit: an enormous walking traffic cone. Fortunately we don’t have hunters here, but the farmers will shoot at strange dogs, so our work is cut out for us to make sure he stays on our property. Other than rounding up the horse and sending him in to his paddock, he likes to sleep, hopefully he will stay that way! 🙂

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