Archive for May, 2010

Back to school

May 25, 2010

Professor and I went to the first session of his repeat of the S.T.A.R. puppy class last night. He’s much more grown up now! Very interested in all the other puppies, of course. Professor is the only recidivist, so they’re all new to him. He’s no longer the youngest, at 5-1/2 months, and his attention span has increased a bit. We only took a couple of short mat breaks, and he was interested in going back into class very quickly.

I actually got a down! On the floor! He’s been willing to down on his fluffy mat, but not on the rubber flooring. But last night, he suddenly decided that he really could lay his delicate little self down onto the floor. What a concept!

He continues to lover the tunnel beyond anything else. Anytime we got into that quadrant of the ring, he was pulling toward it. I tried out my new hands-free leash, and it seemed to work fairly well. But he does want to go through that tunnel, over and over!

We tried a recall where I was standing still; up to now, I’ve been running when I call him. He came barreling in to me just the same, and got treats and a tuggy play session. What a good boy!

And I got his buddy Joe and instructor Joyce to handle him and do mouth exams. He’s getting used to it. He doesn’t really understand why everyone he meets wants to look at his teeth, but it’s paying well so he’s sort of ok with it.


Professor Update

May 18, 2010

Aside from playing with his Nina Ottosson toys, Professor has been a busy bee. He graduated from his S.T.A.R. Puppy Class, and has received a medallion and certificate from AKC.

Professor and his S.T.A.R. puppy medallion

He also stalked the wild dog hairs at the training center:

Stalking the wild fluff

He also played with Amelia; isn’t he getting to be a big boy!

Amelia on left, the big boy on right

At home, we found out why it’s a bad idea to sneak up and try to dig Joey out from under his comforter:

Sneaking up on Joey

Getting closer...


Must be naptime

The Tornado Arrives

May 2, 2010

Not a weather tornado, the Nina Ottosson toy. I think I like this one better than Casino.

Amelia and Professor worked at it:

Hmmmmm, it's in there somewhere

Turning the Tornado

Amelia uses some muscle

Amelia’s a great believer in using force when guile’s too slow.

Professor gets a chance

Professor shows off his footwork

Then watches Amelia snaffle the treat

Amelia reminds the Professor that his puppy license has expired

Professor is now 4 months old, and Amelia is whipping him into shape. The first time she said “no” to him, he was astounded. But it’s good for a little dog to find out that, contrary to what he believes, the universe really doesn’t revolve around him.