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June 29th, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor at IPO Training

Today we met Mario for IPO Training. We decided to resume IPO Training with Aiden as we are now training Connor. It has been almost 4 years since Aiden earned his IPO-2 and he was soooo excited to be back at training. Mario was very pleased how quickly Aiden reacted to all 3 phases. Connor is progressing quite nicely. We did very little protection work with Connor as he is still teething.

Aiden Tracking

Connor Tracking

Aiden Obedience

Running stand (first time learning this)

Connor Obedience

Learning down out of motion

Recall!

Aiden Protection. We are starting slowly. We did 2 blinds, then 3 and finally 4 today.

Connor Protection

 

 

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June 27th, 2018 by Lynda

O’Connor’s graduation day

On Tuesday night, 6/26/18, O’Connor graduated from Basic Level 1 Obedience. This was a 6 week course learning the skills necessary to pass a basic obedience test. The test included heeling on leash individually and in a group, recall, sit stay for over a minute and down stay for over 2 minutes.

Individual heeling

Group heeling

…and group heeling from week 5

Recall from week 5

Sit stay

Down stay

O’Connor passed all of the elements and graduated!

 

 

 

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June 23rd, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor’s busy month

Since getting back from the GSDCA Show in Ohio on May 8th we have been busy at work and life with our dogs. The following is a synopsis of the month.

On Saturday May 12th my mother and I took Aiden and O’Connor for a walk on the beach.

On Monday May 14th Jack and I went to Boston for an appointment. We took Connor with us and after my appointment we took him for a walk on the busy city streets. He acted like he had grown up in the city. He was unfazed by the sights and sounds (horns, buses with air brakes, sirens etc) and the many new surfaces he walked over. Connor met lots of new people and acted like he had known them forever. We were very pleased with his rock-solid temperament.

On Friday May 18th, on our way off Cape Cod for an agility trial, we went to IPO training.

On Saturday May 19th and Sunday 20th Aiden was entered in the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston/Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club Agility Trials in North Smithfield, RI.  Aiden qualified in Masters JWW Preferred with 1st place and earned 22 PACH points. He also qualified in Masters Standard Preferred with 2nd place and earned 30 PACH points.…however one Q was on Saturday and the other on Sunday…so no double Q!

This is a busy, two ring indoor trial. Connor has been with us to a couple of agility trials but both times he was crated in the car and only came into the building with us for short periods of time. At this trial we crated him in the building and he spent a lot of time out of the crate meeting people and dogs. He took everything in stride, as usual, and did well with everyone.

The following weekend we were at home with no dog agility trials, no dog training etc! It was a beautiful weekend and we worked in the garden tidying up and planting flowers. The dogs were very helpful and had a great time outside with us.

 ShadowGlen’s Midnight Dylan, and Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor and Alta-Tollhaus Aiden

Thursday May 30th was week 6 of O’Connor’s Puppy Kindergarten class. The puppies were taking the AKC S.T.A.R. Test which covers owner responsibilities, puppy behaviors and pre-CGC requirements. Some of the things the puppies had to do were to allow petting by another person, loose leash walking, sit, down and recall on command, reaction to distraction and many other things.
Connor did well and passed the test!

On Saturday June 2nd Jack and I took Connor to the Animal Rescue League’s rabies clinic as Connor was due for his first rabies vaccine and this was a way to get that done and to support the ARL’s clinic. The veterinarian gave Connor his vaccine outside under the tent but Connor decided to climb the steps and check out the mobile clinic anyway! He also met several pot-bellied pigs who came over to the fence to see him.  Afterwards we went to lunch at Cobies in Brewster where we could sit at a picnic table with Connor. 

After work on Thursday June 7th Jack and I took Aiden and O’Connor to Jack Knife Cove beach in Chatham. This was Connor’s first time there and he loved it as you can see in the pictures!

Last weekend, Friday June 15 to Sunday June 17th, was the Cape Cod Kennel Club’s three-day agility trial at the Barnstable Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA. Aiden was, of-course, entered and Connor came along for his first outdoor agility trial. The weather was hot and sunny. Over the weekend Aiden got four 1st places and one 2nd place.

On Friday Jack and Connor were at the trial with me and Aiden.

On Saturday my mother and Dylan came with me and Aiden

On Sunday Jack and Connor were back at the trial with us.

Nothing planned this weekend….

 Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor at 5 months old (Aiden x Yoyo) and Alta-Tollhaus Aiden at 6 years old (Ypsilon x Maikali)

 

 

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May 17th, 2018 by Lynda

GSDCA Universal Sieger Show

At the end of January Julie K. told me that she was going to enter Mika in the GSDCA Universal Sieger Show in Wilmington, Ohio. The Alta-Tollhaus “O” litter had just been born and I jokingly said that if Jack and I got one of the males in the litter we would enter him in the show just for fun!! Julie R., Julie K. and I started posting about the show and more and more people decided to enter their pups/dogs. There were 10 Alta-Tollhaus dogs/progeny entered.  Alta-Tollhaus team members (some showing  their dogs/pups and some coming to support and help) came from as far away as the Pacific Coast, the Atlantic Coast and even the Caribbean!

Jack, Aiden, Connor and I left Cape Cod on Thursday afternoon. 

One of our many “pee” breaks!

We stopped in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the night.

On Friday we drove to Wilmington, Ohio and checked in to the hotel. It was great to see the sign welcoming the GSDCA and the dogs to the hotel.

We met Julie K., her mother and Mika “in person”. Aiden and Mika hit it off right away and became good friends.

My sister Donna and her husband, John, arrived later that evening and it was super to see them.

On Saturday we watched the National IPO3 Championship and met Jody and Fred.

Later that afternoon (and on Sunday) more AT family and friends arrived, Andrea and Matt, Jackie and Tom, Christi, Joanne and Paula, Susan, Cheryl, and Jennifer and many others. It’s always great to see and meet members of the AT family.

The owners of O’Wilson and O’Zeke, two of O’Connor’s brothers, could not make it to the show so Julie agreed to bring the pups with her to show. It was fun to see them again.

We watched as Julie took Alta-Tollhaus Juno in for the breed survey. Juno was great and was awarded her KKL LBZ (Lifetime Breed Survey).

When the breed survey was over we did some ring practice with all the AT dogs/pups and then checked in for the show. Later Julie and Carl hosted a BBQ at their RV.

Sunday was the Universal Sieger Show and the AT Team did very well.  With so many “family” members there we all got to cheer each other on in the show ring.

First up was the Baby Puppy Class (3-6 months) – Males. The three “O” (Aiden x Yoyo) brothers were only 15 weeks old in a class with pups close to 6 months old. All the “O” pups earned their VP (Very Promising) rating.

Aiden was entered in the Veterans Dog Class – Male class. He just turned 6 years old in April and the GSDCA considers any dog over 6 yrs a Veteran. Aiden placed 1st Veterans male.

 

Team Alta-Tollhaus results from the 2018 GSDCA Universal Sieger Show

VP4 – Alta-Tollhaus O’Zeke – Baby Puppy Class (3-6 months) – Males

VP7 – Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor – Baby Puppy Class (3-6 months) – Males

VP 9 – Alta-Tollhaus O’Wilson – Baby Puppy Class (3-6 months) – Males

VP1 – TSF’s Caymus (daughter of Alta-Tollhaus Jemma) – Junior Puppy Class (6-9 months) Females 

3rd Place – Alta-Tollhaus MichiganSenior Puppy Class (9-12 months) – LSH Females   

VP6 – Alta-Tollhaus Lola – Senior Puppy Class (9-12 months) – Females   

SG2 – Alta-Tollhaus HenriYoung Dog Class (18-24 months) – Females   

1st place – Alta-Tollhaus Aiden – Veteran Dog Class – Males   

V5 – Alta-Tollhaus Juno – Working Dog Class – Females 

V1 – Pepe vom Leithawald – Working Dog Class – Males 

 

We took the opportunity to get a picture of Alta-Tollahus Aiden and three of his “O” litter sons.

Jack and I, and the boys, started our drive home on Monday morning. We stopped at the Kooser State Park in Somerset, PA to take Aiden and Connor for a walk to stretch their legs, and ours too, after a long car ride.

We spent the night near Allenstown, PA and drove the rest of the way home on Tuesday.

Dylan was so happy to see us.

Most of these pictures were taken on my cell phone. Andrea, Julie K. and my brother-in-law took pictures with their “proper” cameras and I’m sure more pictures will be posted as people settle back in at home and have time to sort the pictures out.

 

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April 22nd, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden’s birthday and O’Connor’s beach days

On Friday 20th Alta-Tollhaus Aiden turned 6 years old. (“A” Litter (2012) – BSZS V10 Ypsilon vom Lärchenhain SchH3 x V Maikali vom Kirschental SchH2.)

U-Ch, V, PAM Alta-Tollhaus Aiden
IPO-2, VCD 2, CDX, TD, BN, RE, MX, MXJ, MXF, MXP, MJP, NFP, CA, DN, SIN, SEN, SCN, TKI, FDC, CGC, IT, TC, TDI

It was finally a nice day on Cape Cod, with warmer temperatures and sunshine! After work we took Aiden for a birthday walk on the beach. Of course Dylan and O’Connor came too! This was Connor’s first time at the beach. He had a great time following the big dogs, splashing in the waves and digging holes.

It is impossible to get a good picture of Aiden, Dylan and O’Connor together yet!

Following in his father’s footsteps

Today, Sunday 22nd, was another lovely day. I took Aiden and Connor to Crosby Beach in Brewster. I met up with my friends and their dogs and we took the dogs onto the tidal flats. We kept the walk very short, as Connor is still a baby, but Aiden, Lark and Hank got to run more and chase the birds.

Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor at 13 weeks old

Alta-Tollhaus Aiden at 6 years old

 

 

 

 

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