Hello! It has been too long since I posted. My only excuse is that Beau and I have been training! Up until this week, we’ve been training weekly with nose work one night, off-leash class another night, and Companion Dog obedience class a third night. Add in my day job (which I love) and my executive coaching recertification class, and time to eat and sleep, and maybe you’ll forgive me. 😁
Beau finished his off-leash class tonight. Yay! The completion of class was a combination of observable bond with the dog, proper handling, dog‘s responsiveness to commands (hand or verbal) and a “final” exam – off leash playtime with recall. Beau got to play with a Border Collie for his first score and a Doodle for his second. He was a bit too happy with the Border Collie and needed 3 requests for recall but did great with his 2nd time, recalling immediately. Likely, I will never have him off leash in an urban setting without a long-line on him but he did so well and I was so proud.
We start intermediate nose work class on Dec 2 after Beau did so well in the 6-week beginner class.
We are about 5 or 6 classes in to our CD prep class and, despite not being a super warm or friendly atmosphere, we are doing well. I’ve spent so much time ensuring that Beau likes people, his ”stand for exam” is a bit sloppy but we are working on it.
I was thinking about heading to York, PA for the MBDPCA AKC temperament testing event of Dec 3rd but the drive is over 2 hours and I can’t be away from client work that day given that I am out for a large part of the month. I think Beau may be ready and plan to work him within sight of the dog park to see where our rough edges are. TonIshtar, while we were waiting for class to begin, a few “issue” dogs came into the training center for evaluation and each one attacked the fence of our ring. I was suprised and thrilled that Beau was one of two dogs from our class of 8 dogs that remained in a down stay and showed no more interest than alert ear set AND looked at me when asked. Maybe he is ready for CGC? Maybe not.
He and his friend, Huck, have been having some great walks together. Huck does really well with Beau’s puppy energy and 5 minutes into our walks, Beau is content to walk next to Huck and share sniffing spots.
Beau will be 16 months at Thanksgiving and we have a way to go until he is where I want him to be, BUT but but but but but, I am so thrilled with his progress. I am excited to see where we go next. I would love to get him opportunities to explore other events like barn hunt and agility after he is 18 months or so. At his size, I doubt he will be fast, but he may really enjoy it given his love of climbing and perching on things.
If you aren’t following Beau on Instagram, here are a few recent shots of my boy!