Puppy plans are still up in the air, as we await the results of Holly's progesterone test. Because her owner is not sure that she caught Holly on the first day(s) of her cycle, and because she will be out of town for a few days, Holly went in for a progesterone test to help determine how far along she is in her season. If she's too far already, it won't work to ship her here next week - it might already be too late by then. Tools like progesterone testing are very helpful in situations like this. If the timing is OK, I've decided to go ahead with this. Holly is lovely, has a pedigree full of beautiful dogs, including some very nice livers, and the temperaments are consistently very good. Fingers all tightly crossed - and I told Argus to cross his paws too!
Puppy class for Fern tonight, her second week. She did well last week and really enjoyed the puppy playtime part - of course! Like Letty did last year, Fern enjoyed leading the pack, then doubling back and jumping over her classmates. Is that a Dalmatian thing? We'd been working on sits at home, so she caught on quickly to that, but lead walking not so much. I've never had a Dal pup who found the treats in my hand more interesting than the other dogs and people in class! No way will Fern learn to walk sedately on a buckle collar. We're walking every evening, using a cloth slip collar and teaching "Walk" as a command, keeping her on my left side. We include a bit of gaiting too - wow, can she fly! I'm sure she will be unable to concentrate on walking nicely at class tonight, with all the distractions, but I'm pleased with how well that is coming along. I'd like to show her a few times in the new 4-6 month class at AKC shows - if I get to any this fall.