Monday, June 15, 2009
Clicker training continued, repeating the commands of come (paired with the pup's name), sit, down and touch. We've started them on holding a spoon in their mouths, to get them used to metal (which some pups do not like) and as a precursor to "get it". We also started brushing their teeth with a finger brush and chicken flavor toothpaste. Good taste, but with a strange motion!
Roadtrips continued. One was just a ride through a thunderstorm, which mostly induced sleepiness! More exciting was the trip to an agility training course. They went in pairs to explore the tunnel, try out jumps, see if they could make it through the tire ring, walk through the weave poles, and check their sea legs on the seesaw. Part of the time they ran free, so we tried out some long distance "come" exercises, which they approached with glee!
Dealing with dominance
Clanging metal pans
Relaxed while hanging
Curious about towel dragged across the room
Checking out the umbrella
Putting mouth on spoon
Visit to the agility course
We love this place!
Watch me go!
Running the tunnel
Trying out the jumps
Trying out the tire ring
This thing moves!
Monday, June 1, 2009
We spent some time meeting new dogs, and visiting through the fence with some older pups. So many folks to meet and greet!
Every week includes grooming and nail trims, but this week was our first official bath! It was a great opportunity to check out the mirror and try to figure out who that pup is looking back at me!
It was also our first week for a roadtrip in the car. We rode about 20 minutes to a local park, driving with the windows down to gather in smells and sounds of traffic. There were lots of new experiences, like the sounds of motorcycles, a lawn mower and an ambulance siren. We found a patch of shade on some freshly mown grass. The aroma got the pups feeling frisky, checking it out, and then wrestling with glee. We had a snack and then of course a few bites of the green grass. Everyone napped hard on the way home- not a peep!
We are working on some basic civilization skills, like potty training with pee pads and using the doggy door to go outside. We curb play-biting and barking with gentle reprimands, tapping them on the nose. Part of their play area includes a wire crate for familiarization before we crate train for overnight potty training.
We played the "come game" this week, calling each pup between two people to teach them their names. "Perry, come" is shown in the photos, going both directions. All now respond and recognize their name when called.
Clicker training is underway, both on an individual basis, and in groups to work on focusing through distraction. They are working on "sit" using the command rather than a lure. Without using the command yet, they are also working on "watch me."
We still spend plenty of time sitting with them for socialization. And playtime now includes toys that move, like the crazy battery-operated bumble ball that bounces around erratically. They are working on being calm, brave, and interested around something unpredictable!
In the outside pens, they have been playing in water to cool off from our temps in the 80s and 90s. They also discovered some of the bigger pups in the neighboring pen, and got brave enough to visit through the chain link.
Some students from a class we teach at a local middle school visited, and we sat one of the teen boys right in the middle of the pups. The smell of testosterone is an important desensitization exposure. Other boys, who were shy about being "stinky", contributed shirts and t-shirts they'd worn so that the smell exposure was repeated several times.
We continue to turn the pups on their backs to be comfortable in that vulnerable position. We clipped nails, and used a brush to familiarize them with the sensations of grooming. Clicker training began, as we encouraged a "sit" with peanut butter on the trainer's finger ( an easy treat while before they learn to chew).
Monday, May 11, 2009
This is fun!
Check it out
At Day 25, they are at or just under 5 pounds. They zip around the whelping box, checking things out. They make noises (squeaks, little barks, little howls), trying out their voices and sometimes startling themselves (looking around or rocking back on their haunches as if to say, "was that me?")! They are also working on sniffing, touching, play biting and other non-vocal canine communication skills.
Splashing & lapping water
Monday, April 27, 2009
Nogal, located in southeast New Mexico, is home to Laughing Eyes Kennels (LEK).
LEK is a non profit organization that focuses on breeding golden and Labrador retrievers for service work. Canine Partners will receive 4 puppies from the newest LEK litter. The sire, Fisher, and dam, Jessie, produced six golden retriever puppies (4 girls and 2 boys) born on April 12.
Here are pictures of the Dam Jessie - Golden Retriever