Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Irie Update

I am very remiss in my blogging!! Here’s the big news, Irie had her elbow x-rayed last Tuesday and nothing has changed! As long as we do not see signs of pain, I am not to worry about it.

The other big and surprising news is my puppy wants to be an obedience dog. It’s crazy, and yes I am serious.

We have been taking a competition obedience foundations class with Katrin. I am taking this class primarily to prep for Rally but with the understanding that we are laying the proper foundation in case we do want to do “real” obedience at a later date.

Two weeks ago we starting working on right finishes and, I kid you not, I lured Irie to do “around” twice and then she started offering it. She thinks “right finishes” and “left about turns” are SOOOOO much fun.

This past weekend we also worked on “moving downs,” “stand,” and “sit-or-down walk around your dog.”

Her brain BOGGLES my mind. The speed in which she acquires new skills is fabulous. I suppose, this is the beauty of starting work with a puppy and of course, she is whip smart.

She is not even 7 months old and she can work for a solid hour and still be ready for more.

Given how much she loves obedience, I need to reconsider how much time and attention I am willing to devote to it.

There are a few agility trials coming up and I am planning on taking her to work on being calm and working in a distracting environment. I am thinking Wrentham Outlets might also be a good place to hit up because there will be kids there and kids make her nuts with excitement and “squeee-ness.” My library is also next to a Little League field, so that’s another option. We have to work on proper child greeting. Irie wants to lick them all over and some kids are afraid. This is a fabulous thing to work through, much easier than the opposite. Ike is afraid of kids and Bug would like to herd them!

I have to say, with all of the personal crap that has been going on in my life recently, having a brilliant puppy to work with is more than a bright spot, it is a blessing.


Holly said...

Cardigan girls are so smart and willing!! Have loads of fun with her!

Brenda said...

Irie sure does sound like a special girl and so much fun to work with. I always loved showing in obedience. Keep up the good work and have lots of fun with Irie!

Joanna said...

You're doing such an amazing job with her! I can hardly wait to see her work :).

Kathy said...

Isnt it fantastic how much a fun hobby and a great puppy friend can make everything else look better ;-) I think anyone who trains obedience and keeps their dog happy and with a great attitude is doing something really right, that is so cool. Glad you are having such a good time with her, she seems like such an awesome puppy!

Diana said...

So happy for you!!

Dawn said...

How cool! Isn't it interesting how each dog is so different!

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