We had about six inches of snow here in North Carolina on Saturday! An amazing amount of snow. Perfect for sledding! And when you have two draft dogs, two harnesses, what do you do? Well, you hook sleds up to them and have them pull kids around!
Loki also passed his therapy dog test the other night. I will more than likely wait till he is a little older. He just turned 2 and is still quite bouncy. He is a very sweet dog, but he is still apt to be a spazz!
Now, if I could get the vaccination stuff worked out, I can send in the paperwork. They want receipts or labels for the vaccines that both breeders and I did ourselves, and have done only titers, no boosters. I am hoping to get a more knowledgable person when I call Therapy Dogs International today. We follow the Dodd’s vaccine protocol, which is very very limited vaccinations. We did parvo/distemper, then titers. And rabies. That is it.
Mr. Blue is now a Canine Good Citizen and can now be a Therapy Dog. I am going to pursue therapy work with him. He is a nice, calm and gentle dog. I think he would enjoy it. He is also very easy to manage because he is nice and calm. I am very proud of him! Last time we did this test, he marked the wheelchair, and failed!!!
We had our first draft trials Halloween weekend in Atlanta. Unfortunatley, we did not pass either day. The first day, during the manuevering course, our change of pace from slow to normal was not good enough…..so we did not pass. The test is pass/fail. Sunday, there was no transition at all….it was hot and sunny by time it was our turn, and Loki tends to shut down and not listen. He did not listen to me on the freight haul either. By this point, he was very mad at me I am sure for doing this to him 2 days in a row, he loves drafting, but the waiting around all day mostly in a crate he does not care for. I am sure that the 3 minute sit stay attached to a cart in full bright hot sunlight did not help, after that, he would not even look at me.
We had our first Open obedience trial on Thursday. Loki qualified with a score of 188 1/2, and took first place. It was very exciting, and Open A has an extremely high failure rate, especailly for first time dogs. That particular day, 2/5 passed. On Saturday, 4/20 qualified. On Sunday, we went back for our 2nd trial….Loki did a wonderful job, but he did not drop for the drop on recall…I think I messed him up by focusing on the judge rather than Loki…the judge gives signals, and we were second dog in, so I did not have time with only the one dog before us to study the judges signal, so that left me watching the dog….this has thrown Loki off before in practice when the trainer acted as judge.
We will not be showing again until January shows. There are a few shows that we will enter, so I suspect we will earn our title in January. We will also take this two months to clean up his heeling. We consistently lose 3 points on heeling…which I am generally fine with, but there is no reason for him to not heel in the ring as he does in practice, which is quite nicely.
Blue will be showing in early February in his first Novice trial. It is being held at the training club where Blue trains. This should give him a huge advantage in being very comfortable in the building. So I am excited for big Blue’s first trials….
Loki and I went to the Duke Power Engergy Explorium trails today and he pulled his cart totally off lead through the woods. He did awesome! He seems to know that he is to stay right by me while in the cart….usually we go here and the dogs run free. There were not too many distractions, other than a squirrel that ran across our path! Fortunatley Loki just stopped, and was ready to continue on.