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)