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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 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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April 16th, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor’s weekend

This past weekend Aiden was entered in the Yankee Weimaraner Club Agility Trial in Westborough, MA. We left the Cape on Friday afternoon to meet Mario for Connor’s IPO training. It’s hard to believe it is mid April as our weather continues to be cold and rainy. Despite the weather Connor seems to enjoy the training. (On Sunday we drove home from the agility trial in a snow storm!)

We spent the night at the Red Roof Inn. This was Connor’s second time in a motel and he was very good.

On Saturday the first class of the day was Masters FAST preferred. Aiden was having a good run but did not get the bonus. It was a tough bonus where the dog went through a tunnel, out to a jump and then had to turn back to the A-Frame at a good distance, with a jump on the handler’s line, therefore the handler had to stay behind the jump. A lot of dogs came over the incorrect jump to the handler. Aiden stayed out and tried to understand what I was telling him. He spun in front of the A-Frame and then did it correctly but the judge called him for the refusal.

The next class was Masters JWW pref. Aiden had a couple of refusals and a back jump  and did not qualify.

The last class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred.  Aiden had a good run but going from the seesaw to the poles he had to take the panel jump at an angle and he knocked the top bar down.

In-between runs we took Aiden and Connor for little walks and brought Connor into the building for short periods of time. Connor got to see many different types of dogs and meet a lot of new people.

Connor making himself at home in Aiden’s crate!

…and making himself comfortable to watch the trial!

Checking out the measuring table….”Am I big enough to do agility?'”     “No, not for a long while yet Connor!”

Visiting with friends

On Sunday the first class of the day was Time to Beat. Unfortunately, Aiden knocked the very first bar but continued on with a good run but of-course did not qualify.

Next up was Masters JWW Preferred. Aiden had a great run. He qualified with 1st place and earned 16 PACH points.

Finally, it was Masters Standard Preferred. Coming off the dog walk there was a severe turn to the tunnel under the dog walk. Aiden did not wait for me and jumped off before he touched the yellow contact zone. There were a lot of tricky spots on the course that resulted in some yelling but Aiden was clean the rest of the course. Unfortunately no Double Q.

Aiden only qualified in 1 out of 6 runs this weekend but we had a good time and Aiden ALWAYS enjoys himself.

Father (Alta-Tollhaus Aiden) and son (Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 7th, 2018 by Lynda

O’Connor starts IPO Training

Last week was typical Spring time weather on Cape Cod. We had snow, rain, hail and even a thunder storm. On Thursday it was quite cold and windy but the sun was shining. After work Jack and I took all three dogs for a short walk and romp on a soccer field.

Just before Connor came to live with us we found out that Mario, the IPO Instructor Aiden and I trained with, moved to Indiana. We were devastated. Fortunately for us and Connor, and many other handlers and dogs, Mario has decided to return to Massachusetts weekly for training.

This morning we met Mario to start Connor’s IPO Training.

Phase 1 – Puppy tracking

Phase 2 – Puppy Obedience

Phase 3 – Puppy Protection

On the way to meet Mario on the field Connor stopped to check out the “big boy” sleeve.

This is Aiden in August 2012 at 4 months old at his first day of IPO training.

This is his son, Connor, at 11 weeks old at his first day of IPO training.

We had a great time reconnecting with Mario and many friends. Connor took right to it and had a lot of fun.

Aiden even got some bite work in but Jack did not have the camera with him then. I need to get better “Kennel Help”

 

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May 4th, 2017 by Carole

Alta-Tollhaus Rocks CGC, CGCA, CGCU and AKC Tricks!

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Three Alta-Tollhaus German Shepherd Dogs and one who thinks he is: one CGC; three CGCA and four CGCU! And while we were at it: four AKC Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Trick Dog Titles. Congratulations to Alta-Tollhaus Prada, Mersey’s Maniac Mitch, Alta-Tollhaus Icon and Alta-Tollhaus Emoji. Great handlers and awesome dogs!

Here are a few pix of Fred & Jody’s FL training trip.
Fred with Viktor:

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Jody with Tori:
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Alta-Tollhaus Icon, aka Viktor (Schumann x Bailey)
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Alta-Tollhaus Emoji, aka Tori (Hunter x Hedi)
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