Apples are Better than Tennis Balls

Misha really enjoys our orchard for some off leash time. She can run like crazy, but her favorite activity is chasing apples like a ball that you can eat. As the summer moves into fall and the Haralson get a sweeter she enjoys them more. So far she hasn’t been too interested in eating the whole thing, but seems to enjoy them. This weekend I took some video or our play time outdoors. 



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First Day at Puppy 1

Last week we took Misha to the Leashes and Leads dog park and stopped in to talk with one of the instructors about skipping Puppy 1 or not. It was decided that we all could use the class, mostly the handlers (Cathy and I). In Puppy 1 they cover how to train the dogs (and trainers) how to get the dog to: name, sit, down, stay, loose leash walking foundations, place, leave it, eye contact, and greeting exercises while providing important socialization for your puppy.

While some of these Misha is pretty good at others we have never had her learn. Most these behaviors are foundational to showing her in the AKC Rally.

We also need to work on her focus, but then again she is not quite 5 months old yet….

Oh, during social/play time she lost 2 of her puppy teeth. 🙂

Misha is 16 Weeks Old

At 16 weeks Misha she has really grown. She is now 20 inches at the shoulder (+6.5″) and 25 inches at the head (+7″) and she weighs 38.6 lbs (+21.6 pounds) since we brought her home 7 weeks ago. Wow!

Here estimated adult weight will only be about 81.6 pounds according the form.

Here is a video from to day where we were working on staying (3).

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Puppy Preschool

In tonight’s class the dogs were socialized with humans and dogs. We passed each dog around the the whole class. On the first dog we were to examine their feet, next it was teeth, next was a hug, next it was the ears and so on until we go our own puppies back. Misha was enjoying all the attention.

Ollie was sitting next to us tonight, he is a pit bull puppy that was probably the shiest of the bunch. During the evening we kept petting him and gave hims some treats. By the time they were passed around he was letting us pet him, his owner was very surprised and delighted by the end of the exercise that he had came out of his shell.

The last thing of the evening the trainer instructed us to unleash our animals and not to acknowledge them at all. We hoped that Misha, being the second largest, and probably the strongest dog there, wouldn’t kill anyone’s dog. Louie, the dog to our left, a black and white spaniel-type dog became playmates. Louie just kept coming back for more and more, tail wagging the whole time. Ollie even started to run with them. His owner was so proud that he came out of his shell. 

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Misha Playing Today

Misha had some good outside playtime today while we did some work on the chicken’s nesting boxes. This is the end of 13th week and she is up to 33 lbs!