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.
…and group heeling from week 5
Recall from week 5
O’Connor passed all of the elements and graduated!
I had promised Ziva I would never take her in the ring again for an obedience sit/stay lineup after she was attacked 2 x in Novice, Since there was a 3 minute out of sight sit and 5 minute out of sight down in open, that meant we would never try to get her CDX. The AKC eliminated that exercise and replaced it with a command discrimination exercise, so it is game on for us again:) She carried over the fear of the other dogs into all aspects of being in an OB ring, so we have been working on that anyway since I would like to show her in Rally. We had the chance to enter a fun match over the weekend & I have never seen her happier in this type of setting. There is still some worry, but she would work for food & toys which she never would do before AND she did not shut down. Some snippets of some of the Open A exercises are below
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”
DOTCORNY training club held their annual awards banquet last night. Recognition and Title bars are given to members and their dogs for titles earned during the year. Our members and their furry partners earned 278 titles across multiple venues! Each year we have a nice dinner, time with our friends, a game of dog trivia and one of our members puts together a movie of the members and their dogs throughout the year. I have attached a link to that movie.
I knew the girls and I had been busy and in 2017 Libby and Ziva earned a total of 16 titles! Thank you Julie for my smart, versatile girls who are willing to try whatever I ask. They are always eager for any adventure even if it is just a trip to the park or riding shotgun while I run errands.
Ziva lead the way with 11 new titles. She became an AKC Champion, earning her Tracking Champion Title (CT), Variable Surface Tracking Title (VST), Trick Dog Novice Title (TKN), Trick Dog Intermediate Title (TKI), Trick Dog Advanced Title (TKA)and her German Shepherd Dog Club of America Temperament Certificate (TC). In the Preferred Agility classes she earned her Open Agility (OAP), Open Jumpers with Weaves (OJP), Excellent Agility (AXP), Excellent Jumpers with Weaves (AJP) and Master Jumpers with Weaves(MJP). She also continues to hold the record and possession of the trophy she earned last year for most titles earned by a member’s novice dog.
Libby not wanting to be left out earned 5 new titles; Companion Dog Title (CD), Farm Dog Certified Title (FDC) , Trick Dog Novice Title (TKN), Trick Dog Intermediate Title (TKI) and her German Shepherd Dog Club of America Temperament Certificate (TC).
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:
Jody with Tori:
Alta-Tollhaus Icon, aka Viktor (Schumann x Bailey)