Griffin does not do well with nose-related-activities. It’s been very hard to train him those kinds of tasks and it’s one of the reasons our obedience trials are on hold. We’re part of a group that holds nosework trials through Continue reading UKC Nosework
Last fall we attempted a retriever certificate test. We didn’t pass -but it really truly seemed like bad luck vs a specific training challenge. He did really well despite having very little training for that type of event and it Continue reading Griffin Returns to Hunting Training
The first time we went to Minnesota was in 2014 – with just Griffin and Blaze. Now I’ve made the trip many times, with many different dogs. The initial trip was very stressful – I was worried about getting there Continue reading MN April 2017 :: Dog Adventures
On Monday we had one of our many trips to visit the rehab vet that keeps Griffin and Viktor as well as possible after past health challenges. For both of the dogs it was a recheck and hoping that nothing Continue reading MN April 2017 :: Vet Trip
Recently I read a training article that compared a beginner perspective (try something until you can get it right once or twice) to the perspective of someone more experienced (keep working until you don’t get it wrong). We’ve been talking Continue reading Testing Your Training
Socialization is a frequently misunderstood concept in dog training. It’s more (time) critical with puppies, but even for adult dogs we need to continue to provide good (not bad, and not neutral) experiences with the world. For dogs who are Continue reading Providing Appropriate Dog-Dog Socialization for Adult Dogs
We’ve had some less than stellar trial days in November and December – sometimes fast but poor control, and sometimes great teamwork but Griffin doesn’t seem to be trying hard. As a result – we’ve not be en entering as Continue reading Griffin – USDAA Agility – January 8
Last weekend we hosted what we think is the first Companion Dog Sport Program (CDSP) trial in Ohio. One of our instructors and I (not knowing each other!) went to a seminar about it 9-10 years ago, but it seems Continue reading Bringing CDSP Obedience to Ohio – and Griffin in Open!
We hosted a World Cynosport Rally (WCRL) trial last weekend. It was our first time ever hosting a 2 day trial – and it was easier than we expected! I had all three dogs participate – Griffin did well but Continue reading Viktor’s Rally Level 1!
Viktor is now 24 months old. We have been addressing his ‘valgus deviation of both front limbs’ since he was a young puppy. Our rehab vet in Minnesota wanted to see him to evaluate his elbows and make a plan Continue reading November MN Trip – Good Vet News!