Kazee went to his first dog show last weekend. It was an outdoor trial, where I worked out of my car, so it was a perfect first experience. While dealing with a young puppy at 4:30 in the morning was NOT fun, it was not as bad as I had anticipated. After “helping” me get ready, he ate his breakfast in the car and slept the hour and a half drive to the trial site.
My other Springer was entered in both Open and Utility, but I still had plenty of time to work and play with Kazee several times throughout the day. Fortunately, he was able to visit with another puppy on Saturday, so he burned off a little steam with some unstructured play time. He settled nicely in his crate when he wasn’t working, although it helped that he was facing away from the action.
I have introduced a few new concepts to him during training this week (target and pot work), along with continuing to build on existing things. It seems like he is going to be a lefty…which will be a change after having two dogs who turned right on everything. And, he is incredibly smart. When you are playing fetch, you have to continually keep him engaged, or else he turns his back to you (looking the direction where you last threw the toy) and waits for you to throw it. He will literally stand there for MINUTES if you let him. I haven’t decided if that is a good thing or not!!
Our Florida winter has been practically non-existant, so I’m not looking forward to spring and summer. February 2nd and a high of 75 degrees, and when I’m sweating outside at 10:00am, I’m not happy! Today’s training went pretty well, considering Kazee was warm and late for his nap. If you have kids, I’d compare him to a two-year old…temperamental is a nice word for it.
Until next time…train hard, play harder!