Wet Noses

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Riggs got the ok from the vet to start to venture out into the doggie world, so I took him to the private off leash park at Wet Noses this morning with Tess. Both dogs had a great time, and it was nice for them to get to hang out together with a little more space to do their own thing.

I wasn’t sure how they’d do in the back of the car together (there isn’t room for Tess & Rigg’s kennel back there). I tried putting Riggs in the passenger seat but he wanted to be with his big sister so I let him choose. He was pretty good not to badger her back there; so it went much better than I expected. Now I have the confidence to take them to a few other places together without worrying so much.

Just some fun pictures from this morning

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Riggs Photo Session

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Riggs and I enjoyed a wonderful photo session with Jennifer Dooley of Heads and Tails Photography a few weeks ago. I loved so many of the photographs that Jennifer captured, it was such a challenge to pick just a few (so I needed to buy a couple more!). After seeing the proofs shortly after the shoot, Jennifer just sent me the final edited versions; and I LOVE THEM!!!

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It would have been too much (for my patience) to try to do this with both dogs, so I hope we can do a “family” shoot later in the year with both of them.

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Thanks so much Jennifer, I will treasure these photographs forever!

 

End of the 8-12 Week Socialization Period

Today marks the official end of the 8-12 week socialization period for little Riggs; which means I survived my first month at home with him. He’s certainly still a troublesome puppy but I’m loving what I’ve seen so far and think he is going to be lots of fun to train in all my various doggie sports. With the end of the critical socialization period we are going to start to do a little more balanced sessions; maybe 50/50 socialization and training now. While it isn’t the “best” time to do the socialization work, it’s still very good, so I will keep dragging him to new places, and get to a few last things on my socialization list that never quite happened. But now (for me) the real fun begins, training! Right now I’ve really done very little, just little sessions here and there when we’ve been out and about. So I’ll start to put a little more forethought into what we want to work on.

We have two weeks left in puppy class, and I’m just trying to pick a night for the next obedience level once that ends. We have signed up for puppy agility which will start at the end of June. We’ve booked a drop in class for disc dog which I’m really looking forward to, and I think he will attend the first class of Tess’s next flyball session when it starts. So lots of fun things to look forward to!

Happy 3 month birthday Riggs!

Sunday Fun Day

Another great day with the pups! I was hoping to take Tess out to Canmore today to do the river walk, but by the time we hit the Stoney Trail overpass it was already wall to wall traffic. Not my idea of a nice weekend drive, so we headed to Baker Park instead. Enjoyed the shady parts by the creek on the Bowness side, and definitely enjoyed the nice weather! I’ve never seen the park so busy; the playground I took Riggs to a while back was absolutely crawling with kids, lots of families having picnics and enjoying the sun in the green space between the playgrounds. Tess and I skirted the busy parts and headed towards the lagoon instead, then back around to Baker Park. Love that walk, and my wonderful dog!

My sister was back from the field so after we enjoyed a great lunch – and a chance to catch up – she helped me walk the dogs. It was much easier walking both of them with a second set of hands! Then it was time to rush off to puppy class with Riggs. He did great in class today, he’s really starting to figure out what all these “commands” mean. He couldn’t wait for play time, was really outgoing and wanted to play! A big change from the first week of class!

Quick Puppy Play Time Video

Now I have a wonderful napping puppy!

Saturday Fun

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I had a great Saturday with the dogs, Tess and I enjoyed my favourite city walk at Griffith Woods in the morning before it got too hot for her. I love this walk, feels like you are out in the mountains without leaving the city. Quite a few dogs off leash though this is an on-leash park. We had a chance to stop by the river midway so she was able to walk in, find a large stick, and cool off a bit before walking back. Loving this sunny weather!

Riggs had his first grooming session in the afternoon, we arrived a little early so while we waited we got to walk out in the ditch near the pastures, and see some cows. He didn’t like those hairy beasts very much but enjoyed the romp in the long grass. He was very good for the groomers, though this was more of a meet and greet than actual grooming session. Just more socialization to get used to being handled and in that environment. They said he did pretty well, wasn’t sure about the clippers, so I’ll do some work on that at home; and keep trying to get him used to the dremel.

I even got out for a little non dog fun, a great bike ride at Nose Hill park!

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Another Socialization Trip

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Another quick socialization trip for Riggs today, I wanted to bring him to this playground yesterday but it looked like there were quite a few rain clouds overhead, so we tried today and lucked out! This was a great playground to go visit. A few kids playing, someone flying a drone, another BBQ, some wood chopping, badminton playing, and lots of playground equipment to get Riggs to interact with to help build up his confidence (not that he needs a lot of help there!).

Since there was a nice green space off to the side with some trees and a nice background I thought I would try to capture some stacking photos. I didn’t do great, but it was a bit of a challenge for my little brain to manage the camera, dog, and treats all at the same time.

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Some quick recall work…

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And a chance to just hang out…

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Tess and I had a training session earlier in the day to work on her reactivity, she was absolutely wonderful. So proud of her and how far she has come, love that dog to death!

Office Visit

Yesterday I had a mountain biking course in the evening, so I decided to take a half day at work so I would have time to walk / work the dogs before the class. Tess and I enjoyed a nice walk in the neighbourhood (since I still ran out of time!). But I took Riggs back into work to meet some of my co-workers and for a little more socialization.

I’m so blessed to work with such wonderful people, who let me bring my pup in. We have quite a few dog people in my group, and everyone has wanted to meet him. So I decided yesterday was a great opportunity.

Lots of new experiences for Riggs, we parked in the underground parkade, and he got to take two elevators up to our floor. He must have met about half of the office! He did so well; probably was a little overwhelmed by everything but took it like a trooper. Had a chance to visit, bite, and play with everyone; plus eat lots of yummy treats. He made quite a few new friends and introduced a few people to the breed.

He pretended to be a very well behaved puppy, and toned down energy. Even trying to have a nap in the hall while we all visited. I am just pleased a punch about how well he did! Perhaps he can do some therapy work down the road…time will tell!

Today we did a quick visit to Edworthy park after work. On the south side of the river there are quite a few playgrounds, more than I knew about. All of which had a few kids playing in them. No one came to visit us, but it was great for him to get more exposure to children. He really seems excited to see them and not concerned about them at all. After the trouble I have had with Tess I am hugely relieved by this, and hope to keep encouraging this positive association. As we did a tour around that side of the park some young guys had a fire pit going, so he also got to see that from a distance. Some more families had the BBQ’s working up a storm, so lots of smoke and good smells for him to experience. Some other young adults playing soccer. There is a river and long bridge to cross, so he had his second bridge experience. Lots of bikes and people on this one. We went down to the river before crossing back over the bridge to get to the car. He had a chance to splash in the water a bit and found a nice big stick (takes after his big sister there!). We ran into a few dogs on leash, which I am still trying to keep him away from for a few more days (until his vaccination sets in). He wants to be very social with them; which again is positive given the trouble I’ve had with Tess; but he’ll have to learn that he can’t visit everyone all the time!

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So as we are winding down the socialization activities, today was another really positive day for him I think. Hard to believe he is at the end of his 12th week already, time fly’s!