A Great Rally Class Last Night

Got wonderful complements on Misha at rally from both instructors tonight. She is finally starting to settle down a bit and concentrate on working instead of just wanting to play all the time in class.

The best part was that on the 3rd run through, Misha was doing the “back up” station with no luring or Cathy needing to coach with the leash! She is a wonderful, smart puppy.

Misha’s First Show Coming

Misha has been busy taking classes at Leashes and Leads, Rally I and Confirmation classes. Misha is getting ready for her first show, Belle-city Kennel Club, down in Gray Summit, MO.

She completed the first Rally class and mostly did alright. I have come to believe that the Rally classes are more of the owner/handlers than the dogs. The station cards can get fairly complicated to parse out while under the pressure to perform. Misha, pretty much doesn’t care, she does what she is told…. most of the time.

Cathy has been attending confirmation classes to learn how to stack and run the dog, we still have a ways to go. We are under no illusions that we will do well, but will have fun. Though, last week Misha stacked well and placed “2nd” in form behind the Grand Champion that was in the class. So, there is promise.

We will meet up with the breeder and Misha will get a grooming and play with her mommy. Also, 2 of her siblings should be there too, so it will be a family reunion of sorts. Having our first show be so far from home and in the winter may not have been the best idea since the trailer we were going to borrow was frozen into the ground. Nor sure if we can get the kennel, even broke down, into the HHR with out having to put down both seats. Even with the small seat down I am not sure if there will be enough room for Misha in the back seat. 

Does great with “Stay”

I told her to stay in the orchard and I would get her a treat, she sat in the corner and waited for me to go all the way up to the house, get a small pig ear and come back. Didn’t even move when Big the cat came in.
Then she stayed in the corner while I let myself into the orchard and walked over to her. Such a good dog!

Climb on the Grooming Table

Last night Cathy brought up a footstool from the theater to see if it was the right height for Misha’s food and water bowl. She thought that it was too tall, but Misha started to drink from it like it was no problem. And being that Misha is only 5 months, it may turn out to actually be too small. 

Then Cathy was working on Mish getting up on the footstool like a circus elephant, which of course led me to think that it would work for Misha to climb up on the grooming table. So, I set the table up. Sure enough it worked great. Here is the video.

Misha Stays

We have been working with Misha a little more in the last few weeks. Today I was concentrating on her staying. I had her “3” (stay), tossed some treats on the floor, and then left the room twice before releasing her. She was amazing, she didn’t even lean toward the treats. Then I decided to catch a little video of her showing her patience.

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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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Teaching 4 (Heel)

Took Misha on the Douglas Trail to work with her on heeling. A lot of tugging at first, but she seemed to get the idea. The occasional bikers that went by were a great test to keep her by us.  Definitely need to work more on this before she gains much more weight! My shoulder started to ache, so I was glad Terry took over.