It's been almost 8 months since Nyx the Black Labrador went to her forever home in Washington state. She graduated our Elite training program in December of '16 and has been making her family happy ever since. She's actually turning a year old on the 27th so happy early birthday Nyxie! We love you lots!
"We love our Nyx!!! She has been such a wonderful addition to our family. She's fabulous with the kids and all people. Nyx has the sweetest disposition, is so smart, and is so well behaved. Everyone who meets her loves her and asks where we got her and wants to take her home! She is one much loved puppy!" ~ The Peterson's
We all know dogs can swim. Some breeds, like Labrador Retrievers, and the Portuguese Water Dog have a natural affinity and love of water, and are very quick to become enthralled with splashing and paddling about. Others, like Greyhounds and Maltese, don't especially like the sensation of getting wet, and are much less likely to enjoy a dip in the pond. While most dogs take to it like a duck, some need a bit of coaching, and sometimes they need to be taught how to swim.
Willow, our newest Goldendoodle, has never experienced water before so was understandably a bit hesitant. She's had bathes with her breeder but the water has always been warm and shallow, so being faced with a large expanse of deep, blue, COLD water, Willow didn't quite know what to think. We brought her to a large reservoir with a black tarp liner where we laid down towels as a barrier against the heat for her sensitive paws. We wasted no time getting in the water, allowing Willow to watch on the side lines as we enjoyed ourselves and immersed in the sun-warmed pond.
This little rocket wasted no time hopping on in after us, bold as ever, and attempted to swim out to me on her first try! I decided to stay with her in the shallows while she got used to the cold and grew more confident in her new abilities. Willow enjoyed getting her paws wet as it was a huge relief from the black tarp, and ventured a bit further into the water with a bit of coaxing.
It's very important not to force a puppy to swim as this can install fear and mistrust in you around water. Instead let it be their idea to get wet! Coax and encourage them out with a bit of cheese or hotdog to make the experience fun and enjoyable for both you and your puppy. If they're having trouble staying afloat consider purchasing a puppy life jacket, found at most pet stores and on Amazon, to help them along until they're more skilled.
Not all dogs are going to like water. If they'd rather sit on the sidelines and watch you have fun, that's fine, too.
Our beautiful boy Percy died this morning. He left the yard after the kids when they left for school, and was hit by a four-wheeler on the road. The driver swerved and tried to miss him, but it was too late. Percy died instantly and we found him an hour later. We buried him in his favorite corner among the Virginia Creeper and shady cottonwood.
This video is of the day before, when from above, fell snow in the middle of a smoldering May. Percy spent his morning frolicking with his best doggy friends, thoroughly enjoying his last day with us. I think someone up there knew what was going to happen, so in order to ease my heartache they gave Percy his favorite thing in all the world, and let me watch him be so happy. Goodbye Percy, you will be remembered.
Would you look at that? We have a new trained puppy! Bentley the Brittany will be the perfect family and person companion animal, with his adorable sleepy face, calm temperament, and willingness to please. He and Percy are already great friends.
Copper is back home! These past two weeks just flew by! Copper has been great to train and work with and he picked up on the training so fast! He was enrolled in our 2-3 week Essentials course and now he knows how to "sit", "down", "up", come to his name, notify when he needs to go potty, and his mouthiness is almost non-existent! We wish his family the best of luck with this sweet puppy!
We've made the decision to keep Percy as a demo dog! He's going to be a mentor to future trained puppies, an example dog to board-and-train puppies, and a walking resume for potential clients! He absolutely adores huge dogs, plays great with little puppies, is gentle and respectful to kids, and affectionate to anyone and everyone he meets! We know he's going to be amazing and we can't wait to see where he goes!
Copper is in for training! This sweet Chocolate Lab is just adorable and we love him already! He has the same body structure that Polar Bear did, with his big head, floppy limbs, and rolly-polly movements. He's here for our 2-3 week Puppy Essentials board and train to take care of some issues he's having, like jumping, mouthing, pottying inside, and not coming when called.
In 2-3 weeks, he's going to "sit", "down", "up", come to his name, "wait", wait for food and water, enter his crate and exit on cue, and his mouthiness should be almost gone! We're excited to get going!
Sadie finished her Puppy Essentials training! She's been here for 2 weeks and she's come so far! She used to bite and growl whenever someone picked her up, she had constant accidents inside, and she didn't know how to do anything! Now she knows how to tell her mom when she wants to go outside, she can "sit", "down", "up", enter a crate, dance, come to her name, potty in an area, and she's learned how to control her bite! She enjoys cuddling and being held and scratched behind the ear.
Be good Sadie girl! Be nice for Mom!
Tick-a-Boo is now at home! She finished our 2-3 week Puppy Essentials with flying colors and we're excited to see where she goes in life! She's got tons more confidence, knows how to go in and come out of a crate on cue, knows how to "sit", "down", "up", come to her name, ring bells to go outside, and potty in an area! She's been one the smartest puppies we've had in our board-and-train programs and she soaks up new information like a sponge! We wish her and her mom a happy future together!
This adorable Parti Schnauzer is in for training! Sadie is driving her family up the wall with her nipping, biting, and potty accidients. She's going to be taught a few new cues, find out how to play nicely with kids, learn how to control her biting and be comfortable with touch, and she's going to find out how much more fun and relaxing life can be with a few manners!
Percy has really taken to her and he enjoys sharing his favorite bone!