Friday, October 28, 2011


Resting with Ron
Good night at puppy class.  Letty was certainly the life of the party, and seems to have totally gotten over her apprehension concerning dogs.  She played with everyone during the puppy play time, and demonstrated how fast & agile Dal puppies are.  When she was chased by the Goldendoodle, Berner, Dane & Bullmastiff, she would turn on a dime, run back at them, and leap over whichever ones were in her way.  Amazing how fast she can corner, and so nice to have the large ring with excellent matting for the pups to play on for a few minutes.

Letty is doing very well on her sits, comes, and even on leash walking.  Thought her tendency to get out in front and PULL would be a problem, but she's catching on.  Much of last night's class was spent on greeting people without jumping up, and pups were rewarded for standing their ground with four feet on the floor, or sitting to greet strangers.  Letty does not jump up on strangers (although the same can not be said for friends!) and is still apprehensive about people leaning over her, but is much better now, thanks to class.  If people stand up straight she is quite comfortable, but if they hover over her she backs up - obviously something we need to get resolved before she is old enough to show.  It's a different personality than I am used to dealing with, and much different than her father Argus who always mugged every person he met (and sometimes still does).

Letty needs to go camping again - any volunteers?

Had a scare last night when the owner of the dog we want to breed Lucy to indicated that he wanted to neuter the dog.  Because Indie is a competition Agility dog, it would be easier if he were neutered - less chance of distraction, but I did not want to do a frozen semen breeding with Lucy.  Although frozen can be successful, and Indie has been "collected", it can get quite expensive, and the success rate is not as good as with natural breedings.  I'd rather take my chances on the weather this winter, and drive her down to Lincoln to do a "dog on dog" breeding, so to speak.  Indie's owner agreed to wait until after Lucy was bred, which is MUCH appreciated!  Now we need to get the plans in place for getting this accomplished.  You can be sure it will happen during the worst weather!

You've seen pictures of lovely Lucy, so here's a video of her intended, running Agility at the National,

1 comment:

Jody said...

Wow she is exactly like Audrey at that age...