Training a puppy of about seven months of age is truly an exciting undertaking. If you’ve laid some foundation, built a bond, and taught them how to learn, they’re just suddenly ready to learn so much more. At the same time, the puppy is still a puppy. It’s easy to become frustrated with roadblocks that don’t seem to make sense. As I have worked so many dogs, and learned so much from them, I’ve become a decent trainer. My issue, however, is that I am easily frustrated and down on myself. This in turn leads to my choosing not to train at all in order to avoid this disappointment. Another issue for me is chronic depression which cripples any desire I have to do anything productive or recreational.
Enter Willow, the Perfect Puppy (TM), and everything changes. I’ve not had one with such drive and desire, yet so much self control and sense. Now and then we stumble upon some minor miscommunication (always my fault), but mostly we work together like a well-oiled machine. This dog knows me, and I know her. She’s got enough sass and fun to be a delight, while still being utterly obedient and loving and loyal. She’s curious without being over stimulated. She’s biddable as hell, and she tries so hard.
Today I had this dog doing some things that I’d hardly expect an adult to master with any ease, and it was a breeze for her. I truly hope I can do her justice. She’s so much of what I wanted to produce, and I am excited to see what she can do, and what she ultimately can produce herself.
Today we introduced parkour-style activities, and combined them with staying in all sorts of various positions, and holding the pose. She never let me down. She never does. These photos are from today and yesterday and the day before, all demonstrating stay work. There is more text and photos below them, too.
I have to mention that she’s also just plain beautiful, and maturing into a lovely young bitch. She is so good for me in every way, and we have only just begun.
In addition to working Willow, I’ve been playing about with Fontana some, too. She is also a lovely, biddable, soft but eager dog. She’s in amazing physical condition right now, and her lack of coat after a recent heat cycle makes it extra easy to see her tone and condition. I’d like to see her get her UKC show title, and some AKC and UKC obedience and agility titles, as well as some hunting test titles. I think she’d be amazing at dock diving, too. I haven’t put as much time into Fontana’s training, as Willow is more *my* project dog, but here are some photos from yesterday and today of Fontana training.
I am excited about life and eventual dog events with both of these amazing sisters!