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Today the Labrador earned her CD and her RA! She qualified in both classes, and earned first place in both! I’m still in shock, but at least the nervous/excited energy is starting to wear off.

I am so very proud of her. I left class on Wednesday night feeling certain there was no way we’d qualify. I was considering pulling my entry or just not showing up. Thursday night I worked with her some in the front yard and decided we’d already paid, we’d go and see what happens, though I was still convinced we wouldn’t qualify. Friday night I was a bundle of nerves.

We were the second dog in our Novice class, and once again most of our points were lost on the heeling. We have a lot of work to do there, but she always makes me laugh. This time she took a step on the Stand for Exam, so we’ll have to work on that too since I believe in Utility the exam is much more thorough. The judge let us know we’d qualified so far as we left the ring, and I was ecstatic. We went back in for the long sit and the judge called for us to leave our dogs. I got almost to the other end of the ring, and the judge alerted us to a problem. I look back to see my Labrador still sitting, but being loomed over by a much bigger dog, who seemed very determined to sniff every inch of her. My girl held her stay as long as she good, but once the owner of the big dog was there, and the judge, she gave me this apologetic look and took a step away from all the pressure. I don’t blame her one bit, but I was sure we were done. The judge asked me to stay with my dog, but then added that I shouldn’t worry, he’d redo my long sit! So we waited for the minute to be up for the other dogs, did our long down, and then remained alone in the ring for a redo on the long sit. Amazingly we were the only dog in the class to qualify!

We got a nice break between this class and the Rally class. The course seemed simple, and the walk through went quickly. Then we were in the ring and the leash went off. There were no cones on this course — so no figure either, or serpentine or spiral. It was just the signs, and the jump. We retried one station (loosing 3 points) because I didn’t signal my stop very well, and she didn’t sit, but other than that I left the ring having no idea how I’d done, and honestly wondering if maybe I’d missed a sign as it seemed to go by quickly! I didn’t miss anything and we again got first place!

Two blue ribbons means the Labrador got two cheeseburgers! She’s also right now out back enjoying a bone. What a wonderful day! We go back tomorrow, entered again in Novice. It won’t count for anything, but it will be good experience and practice.


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I just realized I didn’t do a puppy update on Sunday. I’ll try to make up for it this Sunday, but I had a good reason! This past weekend I was competing with the Labrador. We entered our first Novice Obedience class, and got a second on Saturday, and first on Sunday earning two legs of our CD!

We also NQ’d in Rally Advanced, so we still only have two legs for that. And it’s never what you think is going to get you! Friday night we arrived early for the Rally Trial. The rain on the way down was horrible, and I was very thankful my husband was driving! Rally Excellent ran first, but I got our map and started looking over it. It looked very straight forward, but I was concerned about the fact the jump looked like it was going to be the broad jump, and that there was an offset figure 8. We’ve had the offset figure eight for both legs we’ve Q’d for, but they make me nervous! The broad jump was being used in the Excellent class, and was sitting in the exact same place where it would sit for the Advanced, so I figured the judge had built nested courses, and it would stay where it was. I have not trained the broad jump as much as I should have. The Labrador will still step on boards. I was fairly certain we were going to loose 10 points right off the bat due to that.

I watched the Excellent runs, surprised by how many people NQ’d, and not really understanding why. Turned out it was a judge’s error, which wasn’t pointed out or realized until after placements were given, and some people left. She was NQing for jump refusal, but the rules now state it’s just an IP. Meanwhile someone else commented that the broad jump hadn’t been set correctly either! They removed the broad jump when it came time for Advance, and put the Bar jump in! I was ecstatic, commenting that I’d just gotten 10 points back, since I knew the Labrador would do the bar!

I also watched the first three Advanced runs. This is not something I normally do, but there were enough dogs going that I felt I could watch a few before warming up the Labrador. The first three people NQ’d. They each blew by the same sign. They just missed it. You had a right turn and then straight ahead was an about U turn, but between the turn and the U turn there was another sign. It was easy to miss. Watching them to do helped me make sure I didn’t!

Our turn came and in we went. She was doing well, forging a bit, but siting when asked, downing and heeling in the general area. We were at the last two signs and I knew something was wrong. We finished our 360 to the left, and she stepped away and squatted! Oh no! I grabbed her collar and we raced from the ring! One sign to go, and she had to go! Up until that point we had a 95, and first place. Next show we’ll get it and we’ll make sure to have a nice potty break before going in the ring! Bad handler!!

Two interesting things about this Rally Trial — the signs weren’t on the ground as I was used to. They were on PVC posts about chest high. Didn’t phase the Labrador. The other interesting thing was the judge was in a wheel chair. This explained why their Show N Go two weeks earlier had judges in wheelchairs.

Disappointed that we didn’t earn our title, and annoyed with myself we went home so I could sleep and drive back early the next morning.

The judge for the Obedience Trial was extremely nice to us Novice A people. He had a good briefing, trying to put us at ease, and was more than willing to work with us. He had us recalling away from the crowd, and told us we could set our dogs up facing any direction for the stand for exam. I was last to go, and our heeling wasn’t anything like I would have liked. Honestly I thought we were already NQ’d after I finished because I thought it was so bad. I think the Labrador sat at maybe one halt, and there was a moment during the off leash where I really have no idea where she was . Everything else was fantastic, though we lost half a point for her crooked sit on the recall. As I finished, the judge came up to tell me he’d call us back in shortly for the sits and downs. I asked him something like, “I get to do those?” He laughed, and told me that you always do the sits and downs unless you ask to be excused. For some reason I thought if you hadn’t qualified at that point you didn’t come in for the sits and downs. Then he answered what I was really asking, and told me that yes we did have a qualifying score! I was shocked and grateful and we left the ring with a happy bounce. And then the Labrador did an awesome sit stay and down stay!

The 3 minute down stay I think is the longest three minutes of your life. You stand there across the ring, looking at your dog just waiting for the judge to tell you to return to your dog. Every sound from the crating room, which she was closet to, attracted her attention. And then there was a fly. I watched it buzz around, coming closer and closer to her, expecting her to snap at it any any moment and break, but she didn’t! I was so proud of her! Second place and our first Q for Novice A!

Sunday I was a little less nervous — but only a little. I keep telling myself that one day I won’t be nervous doing this. No, I don’t believe myself. Sunday we were on. Her heeling was much better. She didn’t miss a sit! The leash didn’t tighten on the figure eight. Her sit on the recall was so good everyone commented on how beautiful it was when I left the ring. Our score was 10 points higher, enough for us to earn first place!

It was a fantastic trial. Not only because of the Q’s, but the people. I really like this club and plan to keep going there and doing their Show N Gos. An hour and a half is not a bad drive. The President and VP of the club took time out of their day to talk with me, sit with me, and offer advice and make me laugh. I need to send a thank you card.

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21 weeks

We just got back home from the Show N Go. There were two this weekend and we did them both. The main reason to attend is they were held where the Labrador is competing next weekend, but it was also good for the puppy.

Yesterday the puppy did Beginner Novice. We did ok. Today we did much better. Today I remembered that we hadn’t trained most of this yet. Today I remembered that we were there to have fun. So we had fun. And we did better having fun, then when we tried to be all serious. Hopefully I can remember this next weekend! It’s supposed to be fun!

Two people I know lost dogs this week. One managed to get out from their fence and was hit by a car. The other was only a 12 week old puppy, who ate a mushroom that turned out to be poisonous. Between that and the new illness that is killing dogs that they are trying to identify in Ohio, sometimes I want to wrap mine up in bubble wrap and just keep them safe. But what kind of life would that be for them, or me? So we continued to train this week, visiting no new locations, but coming at them from different perspectives. This week we were back at the grocery store, only at a different entrance, working on sit to greet, and attention. We were on campus working on walking past a lot of distractions, including the marching band! We did a lot of loose leashing practice, and will continue to do a lot more. We played retrieve on campus, and went to Agility practice meeting more dogs and more people!

We’re working a lot of the basics. Sit, down, stand, stay, wait, crate and loose leash. We are still doing shaping exercises, which I really enjoy. It’s always fun to see what he’ll come up with next!

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What a week. The weather has been all over the place, with rain and storms that triggered a migraine that lasted several days. Even with the migraine we still managed to train though. What can I say? Priorities!

As I mentioned at the end of my last post, we went to Tractor Supply. While there it started raining so hard you couldn’t see across the parking lot. So, what’s a girl with a puppy to do? Train of course! We practiced our sits and downs, and comes, and then did our very first retrieves some place other than home. The Golden picked out a toy while walking through the aisles, so we played with that in a store with lots of distractions. He did fantastic, always bringing the toy back to me for which he received lots of praise.

Other places we visited this week:

  1. Vet’s office for some training in the lobby to show him that it can be fun to go to the Vet! We also weighted while there – the Golden is now 22.2 lbs!
  2. Class (of course)
  3. Local Pet Supply store (not new, but any exposure is good!)
  4. Lowes (a different Lowes so I count this as new)
  5. Three different parks (one new)
  6. Car wash (new)

We’ve been working more on loose leash walking, and he’s getting better without distractions. Distractions are still hard, so we’ll keep working on it. Stays are improving. In fact today at the park I managed several steps away while he held his position. Such a good puppy!

Shake has been achieved! I kept working on it, and finally he’s doing it! Actually his very first time with a paw lift was even while we were at the local pet supply store! Fantastic! We’ve now gotten shake just about everywhere. We should be good for Puppy Class graduation where a trick is displayed!

The other milestone this week is he rang his bell! Every time we take him out to use the bathroom we make him ring a bell. So far it’s been us pointing to the bell until he touches it, then taking him out. The other day I had the gate up so he was in the kitchen with me while I was making dinner. I heard the bell ring. It actually took a moment to register in my brain what I was hearing and what that meant I should do! Sometimes you wonder who is training who. But after a second I raced over and opened the back door. The Golden raced out, peed and came running back in. So very proud of my boy!

Then there are times when you pretend to be proud, when you really don’t feel it. On one of our walks this week in the woods, he comes prancing up to me with a bone in his mouth, attached to a joint. He was so very proud of his find! I smiled, and told him what a good boy he was as I traded it for a treat and managed to kick the bone off deeper into the woods all the while fighting down my ick reaction. Lovely puppy found me a nice, dead thing. Wasn’t that sweet of him? He certainly thought so!

And this week I finally got a family photo! Here are the Beagle, Labrador and Golden!


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I can’t believe he’s 10 weeks old already! It’s going by too fast! There is just so much I want to do with him while he’s still little! While I cannot wait to see him all grown up and in his adult coat, there is still so much foundation work I want to do!

This past week the training was a little lighter due to my leg injury. We only managed to get back into the woods yesterday for a short, and slow, but productive woods walk. I love it. He loves it! It’s just so much fun walking together through the woods. If you would have told me even two years ago that I’d have a dog I’d be hiking off leash with, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Last week we started Puppy class, where our little darling Golden got to meet lots of other puppies. A few of his littermates are also there. While I was in pain and on drugs, I insisted on going, as it’s just too much fun to miss! I was very proud of him for managing his sits, downs and stands in this new environment with all new distractions.

As of last night we are up to 5 second durations on the sits, and 3 on the downs and stands with food either not visible or in the other hand if a lure is still needed. Progress! We’ve started working on “speak,” “leave it,” “take it,””touch,” “spin” and “circle.” I want to work on shake soon.

As I mentioned he’s been to the Vet, and he got to go to his big sister’s class, on Thursday, getting exposed to other dogs working around him while resting in his crate. He also traveled to a friend’s house, spending the evening with other dogs and adults and children giving him more socialization.

We’ve gotten more toe nails dremeled, feet trimmed, more exposure to the blowdryer, and ear cleaning done. He’s gone through a tunnel, and climbed on some fallen trees, walked through sand and peed on black top, which may not seem like a big deal but will be great if we’re traveling and can’t find some grass when he needs to go!

And we’ve played! We’ve played with tugs and balls, and kongs. We’ve snuggled and wrestled. We’ve traded kisses and barks. He’s just so much fun!

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Last night we brought the new puppy home. It was late by the time we got home, already dark so we didn’t do much in the way of introductions. We let him run around his front yard a bit, waiting for him to do his business and then had a short visit with both the Lab and the Beagle.

The Lab responded with “THIS IS AWESOME! CHASE ME! Hey…why aren’t you keeping up??” The Beagle, well she was rather unimpressed, but handled it in a very dignified way which prevented Puppy from even trying to chase or pounce. Which considering the Beagle’s health is perfect.

The thing that amazed me first (you’ll find several things have amazed me about him already) is that he took the steps we have in the front yard. No hesitation. I do not recall how the Beagle handled steps, but I do remember we had to coax and work with the Labrador to get her doing steps. We started with one, and then over a series of days worked up to the whole flight. Golden took them as if he’d already been doing them his whole life. Now since I’ve been involved in the raising of this litter, I know for a fact this is not the case!

Last night Golden did sleep in the bed. He did perfectly fine. The Labrador was there as well, and while I didn’t sleep as deeply as normal, it wasn’t because he was doing anything to keep me up.

This morning of course we went right outside and took care of business. Breakfast was served, and then there was a little more introduction, with some playing. Golden and I then took off for an adventure in the woods. He was such a trooper! Stayed with me, following me through the woods off trail. I stepped over a fallen tree, and he tried to climb it, unable to make it over the first time. He started crying. I kept walking a bit, then turned around and told him to figure it out. He ran down a little ways and managed to get under it, bounding up to me grinning. I assured him he was a very bright boy and we kept walking.

Once home there was a little crate training, as it was time to grocery shop. Once we returned, all three dogs hung out as groceries were put up. The afternoon was then divided up between the pups. The Labrador and I practiced with bumpers. Then Beagle got her physical therapy work out and Beagle and Labrador got a walk. Dinner got me focused back on the Golden as we worked on sits, downs, stands, touch and “yes” as click with his dinner. He amazed me again. Now granted I was luring, but he was eager, responsive and so very gentle taking the kibble from my fingers. Something I’m definitely going to keep encouraging! I’m just so impressed with him. And very pleased at how well our first day went. Can’t wait to see what we get up to tomorrow!

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I did a little traveling in November and came back with a cold. I had a sore throat and almost completely lost my voice. When I spoke this very sad, little croak would come out prompting everyone to feel sorry for me – except my dogs.

Now as what often happens with me is that the sore throat outlasts the feeling bad part. So one day I decided I was up to training and the pups had had enough time off! I decided to start with the Labrador, gathered up her collar and leash and went into the back yard. “Sit!” I commanded. She looked at me. I calmly put her into the position, though I was frowning a bit. Sit usually isn’t that hard. “Down!” She looked at me. I frowned. I had her attention, so that was good, but she wasn’t responding. I put her in the down then commanded “Sit!”

Sometimes I’m a little slow. She kept looking at me, and moved into the sit when I gave the hand signal, but it took me a moment to realize the issue. Sit didn’t sound like sit coming out of my sore throated, croaking little throat. She wasn’t sure what I was asking! At that point training turned into a fun play session and we left the real work for later!

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