Brito update

Go ahead and admit it; you’ve never seen such a cute little dog in your entire life:). Here we are working on some heeling, fronts, and the very beginnings of sit in heel position.  He is just beginning to hand me the metal scent article; separately he has...

Brito – starting Scent Discrimination

I started Brito’s scent work a few days ago. I chose not to use the Altoids Tin method that I used with Lyra (you can see that method here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj8ownH511o). Brito doesn’t like to make mistakes so I wanted to avoid having him...

Brito’s first ring prep

Ring prep class is what I call the process of acclimating a dog to the competition ring.  From my perspective, this can never start too early. Here is a video of Brito’s very first ring preparation training day.  He really doesn’t have to “do”...

Brito

When I get a dog, it’s a well thought out decision. I research the breed.  I research the breeders.  I research the parents, pedigree and puppy.  I do informal puppy testing and track the litter from birth.  It’s normally a multi year process. This weekend...

Lyra 4.75 months

Lyra is the wierdest puppy I’ve ever raised.  Certainly she is helping me understand what is meant by a “fear period,” because her ups and downs are much more pronounced than what I’ve seen in my other dogs. In a two week span, she’s gone...

Lyra – Working Through Fear

Today’s blog post was supposed to be a video illustration on teaching a dog to “out” (let go) of a toy. Lyra had other ideas.  She decided that my video assistant, Katie, was a potentially scary person, and playing with me and my silly toys was not as important as...

Lyra – Blending Behaviors at 12 weeks 6 days

When Lyra showed some proficiency at a series of small behaviors, I wanted to string a few together.  I am starting by teaching her to pick the dumbbell up from the floor, climb on the platform, and return the dumbbell to me. Lyra has a pretty good understanding of...

Lyra – Week 3, Day 1

I outsourced today’s lesson.  You’ll understand after you see it. Here’s a video showing extremely good play skills.  Four specific techniques are demonstrated; running away without holding the end of the toy (chase), “tagging” the dog...

Lyra – Week 1, Day 5

If you take a conservative approach to raising puppies, you may not wish to read this post.  You have been warned. Today Lyra was introduced to the top step of the swimming pool.  I placed her on the step and helped her out.  She can’t quite climb out on her own...

Lrya – Week 1 Day 3

  We’ve had an overnight transformation. Lyra decided she won’t die in her crate after all.  So…we’re down to about 10 minutes of complaining when crated and then she falls asleep.  As a benefit, she’s a heck of a lot better natured...

Lyra – Week 1 Day 2

Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing. It can make a hardened trainer do things they will later regret, like placing a puppy in their bed at 1am in the morning.  Then again, with the three blissful hours of sleep that followed, maybe it was a good idea after all. She...

Lyra – Week 1

Her lungs won’t stop and her bladder wont’ start. Well, that’s not exactly true.  But last night…that was a long night.  As far as pee, she goes several hours between.  I’ve never had a puppy like that, but it’s only day 2. She can...

Introducing Lyra

Her registered name will be Sprite-Fanfare’s Lyra.   My husband named her. Lyra likes to be held; she licks my face and is cuddly cute.  She has a lovely expression.  When you call to her she smiles right up at your eyes. She handled the Portland airport as if it were...