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July 12th, 2018 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

The weather word of the day was UGH! But Farm Dog Ziva Soldiered On!

Ziva and I entered an AKC Farm Dog certification test on April 15.  Should have been some not so bad spring weather, but it was not,  UGH was the word of the day for the weather!!!  It was cold, wet, 30 degrees, pelting ice rain, windy, ankle deep water and mud!!!!  It even kept the spectators in the barn.  They had to change out the goats for ponies since goats will not stay out in the rain.  The only ones outside for the test were the judge, Ziva and I.  Ziva quickly greeted the judge, followed me on a walking pattern around various pieces of farm equipment, hopped up on a bale of hay and stayed for 10 seconds and mercifully they had the 2 minute handler out of sight  supervised separation in one of the outbuildings.  We walked by another dog and neutral stranger on our way to a pen to “feed” the sheep.  She waited while I opened and entered thru the gate, then I invited her thru and closed it behind us.  I put her in a sit stay about 30 feet from the sheep and proceeded to take them their food & return to her.  We left that enclosure and walked by a tractor as it started up and over a plastic tarp and sheet of plywood.  Almost done, now we had to complete the Dog Approaches Livestock part of the test.  In this test, the handler, with the dog at side on a loose lead, enters a fenced area that contains livestock within a separate enclosure. The dog is introduced to livestock and encouraged to approach the pen, the dog is then called back to the handler and returns readily when called.  We had been warned by previous exhibitors one “special” pony in the herd  ran full speed up to the fence and challenged anything that approached-oh boy, not sure what to expect.  I was hoping by now the pony had tired of being a jerk, I was wrong.  As we approached, he barreled up, came to a sliding stop at the fence and shook his head and reared on his hind legs for good measure.  It was quite an impressive display.  Ziva was not backing down from the rude pony and stood her ground next to me and gave some impressive barks.  Pony’s bluff had been called and he wheeled around & took off back to the rest of the group.  Ziva looked at me wagging her tail.  Not sure how that would be scored since she barked, but did not offer to chase.  The judge said “what a good dog.”  Our final test was to examine her for farm debris and then thankfully into the office to warm up.  She passed test 1 and a few hours later ran her second test.  She passed test 2 to earn her AKC Farm Dog title & Mr. Pony did not come charging up on test 2 🙂  It was impossible to get photos in that weather, so here she is helping this last week getting the hay in.

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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 29th, 2018 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Ziva at the Hamburg Agility Trial May 2018

Ziva was entered in the Hamburg Agility Trial in Erie, PA  the weekend of May 26th.   This is our last trial for some time, as my cancer treatments are getting the best of me.  Ziva has been a champ greatly modifying her running style & paying extra close attention to suit my inability to run and handle the way I should.  She has also declared that until I am back on my feet she will not run for anyone but me.  I can hardly wait until we are together as a team again.  She always comes through for me.  BEST DOG EVER!

Ziva first class on Saturday was Master JWW.  She had a nice jumpers run and Q’d with 4th place.  I was able to get a video of her run below.

Her next class was Master Standard.  We did not place, but she did Q in spite of my not being able to properly handle her & came through for a double Q for the day!

 

Sunday her 1st class was Master JWW and she ran well.  We did not place, but she did Q for 15 PACH points.  This leg also earned her her Master Jumpers Bronze title!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As much as I wanted to try for another double Q, I just was not able to physically run the standard class, so we packed up, stopped for some ice cream for her and went home.

 

 

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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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