I've been hibernating, but Basil has been busy.
he has passed basic obedience and is training in grade one now. He also graduated from introduction to rally-o despite me not being able to count and losing 10 points on one flag. ....he was a bit special in rally-o as to do it, the dog usually has to have completed at least grade one obedience, preferably grade 2. Basil was accepted into the class prior to sitting his beginners test.
(he went straight from his test to his first rally-o class).
He has been the most improved in all his classes, as he has the potential and ability....just has "small" issues with focus and is a bit ADD. When he's focused...he's dynamite...but maintaining that focus is the biggest challenge I have have ever faced!
He won 2nd prize at the break up party for the waggliest tail. He picked a stuffed squeeky duck as his prize...said duck was de-stuffed this evening, which is not bad, seeing as it has lasted as his favoritist toy for a whole 5 days!
I suspect in the past 2 weeks he has hit that magical milestone of 2 years where the frontal lobes come on line as I have noticed that he is less frenetic and there is more downtime between zoomies. ...plus he's not eating my furniture anymore.
In the new year, we hope to graduate from grade one so that he is eligable to begin introduction to agility (although they prefer grade 2 and above). but first he has to get a full vet check as I am a little worried that his hind patellas might not be up to the sort of running and jumping his mind and drives urge him to do.
This little boy, in the space of little more than 12 weeks has gone from utter delinquent, to scholarship jock at dog training. I am so proud of him. He's the sort of dog everyone says they wish they had....but don't envy me trying to get him there day to day. ie the assessor's comment: "that's the sort of drive you dream of having in a dog....but oh boy, I'm glad it's you and not me who has to live with it and attempt to harness it." That kinda sums Basil up.
He's a working dobe in disguise
One day I will forget how exhausting he has been...and I'll only have my de-stuffed couch to remind me....and believe it or not...I even miss that "utter nutter" already as he settles down.