Many people mailed me and asked to regularly update on what we're working on with Bi. It's a hard one as, as always, I don't really have a plan - and, I'm always working on different things at the same time, I guess I have never trained a behaviour from start to finish without starting with some other things in between - so that all the time, I have many things that were started, but are not finished just yet - especially with a puppy! But well, I'll try to write every week or two what was our major focus. Here are the links and topics of the updates:
Bi, choosing me (choosing a puppy at 7 weeks)
8 to 11 weeks (playing, socialization, tricks)
3 to 4 months (shaping games, attitude, fear period)
4 to 5 months (starting with running contacts)
5 to 6 months (running contacts - adding angle&turns, heeling)
6 to 7 months (first three weaving sessions, tricks)
7 to 9 months (heeling, tricks, contacts with turns)
9 to 10 months (heeling, tricks, agility, hiking)
12 to 14 months (tricks, weaves, A-frame)
Presenting Bi (7 to 10 weeks)
More Tricks (4.5 months)
Running Contacts - adding angle&turns (6 months)
Contacts with Turns (8 months)
Winter Tricks (8 months)
Summer Tricks (12 months)
First agility competition videos (18 months)
LaBuBi Cleaning Team (19 months)
Guess it's time for some more updates on my puppy who is not really a puppy anymore, but still behaves like one, people never believe she is 22 months.
She is still not a very well behaved
dog, but well, I guess we get what we deserve:). Yeah, I still
think that a muddy BC with a stick in her month, jumping up to
my head is incredibly funny. It is a little dangerous when you
try to jog (yeah, just opened our jogging season!), but it's
still amusing! She thinks it's very amusing too, will find
anything (shoes, slippers and sticks are her favourite) to
almost hit you in your head with it. Growling monster with a
shoe on her head, she is just too funny! Her favourite toy is
still her bowl, she thinks it's cool that she can get so much
sound out of it (my boyfriend doesn't agree about that part,
though!). She attacks it with her front feet like a cat, pushes
it around with her nose, throws it around... Somewhat loud, but
just too funny.
She still loves the tricks too, but I'm in creative crisis lately, so we don't do as many tricks lately. She simply learns them all too fast. It's really funny how fast she learns, she doesn't look very intelligent with those big ears and long tongue flying all around, but she never cease to amaze me, her conclusions are brilliant. Beginnings are somewhat harder as she has too many ideas of her own and is having too much fun with them, so the process is somewhat longer as with Bu, but it's just so much fun. And after first results, she can do it, she is still a master of generalization. She is terrible when it comes to putting things on verbal cue, though. She is really not much of a listener. Those are not best photos, but they illustrate nicely how little she listens. I wanted a "show teeth" trick here, look how many different things she tried and what faces she was doing while dong so:
She sure makes me laugh all the time!
This summer was so far more about hiking and swimming as any real training, so I don't have much to report about our training progress. I'm very happy with her dog-walk, A-frame (yes, it did get better on its own!), weaves and turns, but her jumping skills still need some improvement. Our major problem is that when she is really running, her stride is so long that it's just easier for her to go around as over jumps and well - that's exactly what she does when in a hurry! She took it somewhat too seriously that it's about having the fastest and smoothest line possible:). With her length of a stride, she will need to learn to sometimes collect in straight lines too.
But working with her is really so much fun, I love her clown attitude towards everything and her unique way of thinking. I'll try to do agility video of her soon and we also have some new tricks to show off! For now, just some Hiking Photos.
No matter how much I love their puppyhood, they all grow up
eventually... But she is still very much a puppy, just somewhat
bigger:). And at her first birthday, I have to conclude that my
mission to make her like the water (mentioned already in the
first update on her) is most certainly accomplished.