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Old 12-13-2012, 05:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Way to go basil Sounds like he's really growing into his brain...for the most part
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How nice of him to allow you a break in his shenanigans! LOL

You've worked hard with him. Congratulations on all your successes and progress together.

Also, I don't know about Australia, but in the states we have "preferred" courses in agility, meaning that even if the dog measures in to a higher jump class, you can choose to show them at the height class below.

A lot of people do that for older dogs or dogs with injuries who have to be more careful. I trial Fiona at her measured class of 24" but we train at 20". I do that just to try to preserve her joints in some small way because she's a big girl and I worry about all that stress on her body. I also don't always close the weaves on her. 80% of the time we run them opened a bit in training to put less strain on her spine and just close them up every now and then. So you can adjust some things to make it easier on him if you are concerned.
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Nice post. He is really coming along. Good mama!!
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I don't have any photos of him training yet...and am just uploading some more of him sleeping...it's the only time he's still enough to photograph!
sorry they're just thumbnails...my photobucket is stuffed.

The first photo is him helping to cut the grass....or maybe he was playing explorer of the amazon.... the second is him and his 2nd prize, both completely pooped after a big day at the training break up, and the third is of him with his favorite toy (apart from bully sticks, the tug rope, and the *insert past tense adult term/concept here* duck) ...Mr Stuffy! (who still retains all his stuffing despite months of lovin...although he had been through the wash, thanks to being peed on. )
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oh...he's got really short legs, so probably will be jumping a LOT lower than what he can actually jump (this dog has springs for feet), so that's not really an issue. I've just noticed that every now and then when he's running, he will give a hop or two with a back leg...which supposedly is an indication his patella might be slipping. It doesn't slow him down at all...or even seem to cause him to notice it, so I can only assume it doesn't hurt either. It's very intermittant, although more frequent after he's being lying down for any length of time. I just want the vet to check it out before I ask too much of him.
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I can't remember if I've posted this photo here before. I call it Basil's shredding service, but for the past 2 weeks my carpet has stayed pretty clear of shredded debris, so perhaps he is on holiday from this business....or maybe retired (although I doubt that!)
and the other two are just some old ones sharing the expressive nature of his ears (he sure knows how to work it)

oh poop....my quota has been exceeded

lets try this then.... shredder:

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