Teething, Training, And More

Lad has reached 20weeks pretty uneventfully.  Some days I feel like we are behind and other days I feel like we have accomplished more than I could have hoped for.  I have been sick a good deal and the weather has been poor; snowing, cold and so much rain.  Lad is an amazing dog, adjusting his energy level to suit what I can handle, really everything I could hope for.  He is always eager to try anything when training and his focus even in busy environments is wonderful.  This weekend we attended “Paws at the Park” and while he was a pretty typical happy puppy checking out the other dogs and people (I am actually thrilled with this, at this point I want him to be excited and resilient) he also managed to focus on me, sit on command and lay down at ease while I stopped to talk to friends and exhibitors.  He really was excellently behaved.  We even went to lunch at a local diner where he laid under the table on the patio while we ate.  He stood a few times and checked things out but he wasn’t a nuisance and we were able to eat in peace (he didn’t beg or bark at the other dog on the patio).

 

His training is going as well as I could really expect.  He knows many cues now, the basics and more.

Sit

Down

Leave it

Back up

Here

Circle

Around

Touch

Paw

Other Paw

Bow

Target

Bring It

Get It

Gentle

Release

Come

Paws Up

Off

Settle

Watch Me

And we are working on a few more things like weaving.  He has learned to close a door and is working on retrieving objects and holding objects.  Right now he is teething and most mouth work is on hold as he doesn’t seem to like holding things in his mouth at the moment.  He really is a joy to work with even if he isn’t quite as eager to please as some dogs he enjoys working and rewards.

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Week’s work

I feel like I open all of these with “I have been sick” but the truth is, I’ve been sick.  Still Lad and I have been putting in some work around the house even though I can’t get him out and work with him.  Unfortunately trips to HOQ have been out of the question, Kearnan has also been sick and the weather has been poor.  We were successful in completing “Training Level 1” and have moved to “Training Level 2”.  We are working on extending down stay, recalling from a distance, sit stay, go to bed, default settle, settle as a command, here, stand, touch from a distance and several tricks including paw targeting, circle, shake, and around.  Lad is doing very well, he learns quickly and will try anything.

17weeks

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17weeks old now.  Lad looks so big.  We haven’t done too much this week as I have been sick.  We did manage to work on paw targeting, backing up, and circling.  We are also starting a new type of food this week, Muenster Natural Dog Food Large Breed.  So far Lad really likes it.

Best Buddies

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I have been sick for over a week now.  I am pretty sure it is just allergies but I haven’t felt like doing much.  Luckily Lad has a buddy to play with.  Freyja is my husband’s 15month old GSD x Husky.  She is a pretty good girl, a little spoiled but a great playmate now that she has gotten over having a new puppy in the house.