We met Penny at the local off-lead park yesterday afternoon to give the dogs a run. I left Mallei at home because lots of dogs + us not moving away from them is worrying for him and there’s always plenty of big dogs at the park that he would find scary.
So it was Penny’s three, Lu and Loki, and boy my little pup loves to run. I remember seeing/hearing in Silvia’s Speed/Motivation DVD that some dogs just don’t know HOW to run full-speed because they didn’t get to as puppies. Well, my little guy knows how to run. He just adores blazing after the big dogs as fast as his little legs will carry him. Lu is in big trouble once he gets older and longer legs. Look out, girly, you’re going to have to work on your sprints!
So here’s just some photos of them on a log, because I figure that teaching him a stay by posing him on a log is as good a way as any, right? I’ve actually been very slack with him so far- he doesn’t know how to sit or drop on cue, he can’t get his 4 feet reliably in a shoe-box, he doesn’t have much of an idea of a stay (except sometimes on a log), although he does have an amazing recall (I actually called him off chasing a magpie the other day- MID CHASE. I knew I shouldn’t have tried, but I did, and I’m glad I did. We had a huge party after, it was amazing). But I’m not fussed about all that stuff, really. His focus is fantastic, his recall is great, he has awesome body awareness already and isn’t fearful about things moving under his feet. He’ll give anything a go, and seems to pick up on basic concepts pretty quickly so – eh, whatever. We’ll just play around and if he learns stuff, cool.
It’s funny, here’s something I wrote back in Feb when Lu was 5 months old: “We also ran into a cat today, and getting her to ‘leave it’ or look away AT ALL (even when I stood right in her field of vision) was SO not happening. “
Yet I bet, little Loki? I could say “uh uh” in my warning tone, and he’d snap around to me like: “Yep! Here I am! Food now!?”
Such different dogs already. Maybe he’ll be like that in 2 months time though. Who knows!
Oh, and my dogs love to play. (Mal doesn’t understand the “3’s a crowd’ concept)