Puppy Barn Hunt


Riggs and I headed out to Crane Acres Dog Sports this evening for an intro to barn hunt. He certainly had puppy attention span and brain, but did very well. Showed some interest in the gerbil (more in the people – NOT complaining!), and did all the components. Went through the tunnel no problem, and had no concerns with climbing the bails.

Thanks Megan for helping me introduce him to this wonderful sport, and letting us all come out and take advantage of your beautiful facility! And of course for sharing your knowledge and passion for the sport as well.


We both thoroughly enjoyed it, and are looking forward to more!



Graduation Day


Riggs graduated puppy kindergarten today, really enjoyed this class and all the puppy’s Riggs got to play with. Hopefully his first of many ribbons!

Took a photo of him in the kennel today before class, can’t believe how much he has grown since I brought him home…what happened to my tiny lap dog?

Tess had a great time at Barn Hunt practice, really got into it! So nice to see!


Now I’m ready for a nap!


Still Going


I am continuing to pick away at some socialization items that I missed earlier. Have a few more on my hit list I would like to do soon, but time keeps sailing by.

I enjoyed taking the dogs to Wet Noses last Saturday to play off leash. So far I have only taken them out together on leash, which is a bit of a gong show for all involved! So I wanted them to have a chance off leash to figure things out on their own. Mostly Tess ignored Riggs and enjoyed trying to catch gophers. Riggs tried to chase her and play a bit at first, but then got hot and tired and settled for exploring within about a 5 foot radius of me. All in all it was a great walk and they did better in the car together than I expected. Nice to get good surprises!

Sunday I took Riggs to check out the lagoon area of Bowness park; I had Tess there last weekend – I think – and it seemed like there was lots of people and the train had started up for the season. So I thought it would be good exposure for Riggs. He did pretty well; great with the people and dogs. It’s still a bit of a struggle with the dogs, I don’t particularly want him to visit other dogs while on leash (just my preference after dealing with some issues with Tess), but I also want to be mindful of not causing him frustration because I do want to encourage him to be friendly and enjoy their company. So it’s a bit of a balance on my part to encourage him to look at – and be friendly towards – the other dogs, but also teach him to focus on me when around them. More work to do on my part! We are also working on sitting when people or bikes go by us. He’s not too focused right now, but is getting better and better. He struggled a bit with the weird train thing at Bowness, I should have had a little more distance from it to start. It came at us side on, and he was a little scared of the noise it made. He seemed to warm up to it a bit and didn’t mind following it from a distance, so we’ll work on that a bit more.


I’ll do anything for treats mom!


I have no idea what we got up to Monday night, but I’m continuing to try to take Riggs to new places, just to experience different locations and the weird things people do. Sometime this week I took him to the east side of Confederation Park. He got to see some skateboarders, more than I would have liked and closer and noisy-er. But he handled it really well. More work on sitting while people pass, and focusing on me when dogs go by. We also had a fun game of tug back at the car!

Tuesday Riggs had another Show Confidence handling class. He did pretty well. There were a lot more dogs than the last drop in class we attended, so that was good for him to experience. It was hotter than heck in the room so all the dogs got pretty tired and lazy as class went on. He’s such a goofball when doing his jog around the ring!


Wednesday I took the afternoon off so I could attend an evening mountain biking course, so I took advantage of the time to book another nail trim with Riggs. Originally Tess was supposed to go for a haircut, but her allergies have been very bad lately and I didn’t want to introduce anything new, or stress her any further than she already was. So Riggs took over. He was very good for them. They are slowly starting to do a little more, trimmed his nails, worked a little with getting him used to the sound of the clippers (which I have been working on as well), trimmed the hair under this feet, and just having different people handle him. He was a champ! Tess got a good walk in as well, can’t remember where we went either!

Thursday was Tess’ flyball class, we had a great time! Love our trainer! Tess is doing pretty well at all the pieces individually, but we are still struggling putting them all together; so we’re just plugging away at it.


For the summer work gives us Friday afternoons off, which is so nice to have! Some of my coworkers arranged a mountain biking trip, so it was a spoil ME day! Took Tess for a walk around the neighbourhood since it was a little late after I made Tess’ dinner and my own. I took Riggs to a new park, Canmore park, which can be a great place to train. But last night we just did the quick (15/20 minute) loop walk and headed home. I’m really happy with how his leash walking is (when he’s by himself), it’s certainly not a formal heel and still requires my full attention…making sure I don’t let him pull me, don’t trip on him, give him time to stop and sniff if he wants to. We also walked right next to a busy-ish road, which is the closest he’s been to traffic. He was a little unsure about a few of the cars whizzing by but got more comfortable as time went on.


This morning Riggs got to attend his first day care visit. The girls said he did very well, looks like he got two individual play sessions with different dogs, and was in a bigger play group with the little dogs when I picked him up. They had glowing reports on how well he did so I was pretty pleased with that! Since Tess isn’t too thrilled to play with him yet (I think she will come around more once he stops hanging off her neck and jumping on her head) it was nice for him to get a chance to play with some dogs who have good doggie manners and who want to play with him. All in all a good day for him, I’ll have to book some more. I think the morning was a good test and good length of time for him, I’ll probably do a few more half days before sending him for the full day. Tess got a manicure at home after I dropped Riggs off at daycare, then we headed off to check out a new walk at Glenmore park. Really enjoyed some of the dirt trails in the Weaselhead, definitely have to go back! Hope to take the dogs out to a lake to swim tonight; hoping it’ll be a little less busy this evening, and give me a chance to get a few things done at home first!

At this point most of my training seems to be on walks, or when I visit them at lunch during the work week. We work on little things during everyday life – like sitting before exiting the car – but really I’m not doing too much with him training wise. Still trying to take him new places and work on things in many different environments. Nothing earth shattering training wise, just simple things like sit, touch, down, hand targeting, OFF, or leave it.

I think Riggs is ready to take his novice trick dog test, so I might see if I can get my sister to test us this week. Fingers crossed it goes well!

A Day In The Life – 1 Adult & 1 Pup

Here’s pretty much my life in a nutshell at the moment, this part does pass right?

5:15 am Riggs: BREAKFAST TIME!!!!!! *Jumpy jumpy* Can’t you hurry up?

Me: Ok, Riggs Kennel

Tess: Oh don’t mind me I’m just sitting here…

Me: Oh, right sorry Tess. Extra goodies for you. I love my good dog!

6:00-6:30am Me: Maybe I can have some breakfast too

Tess: I’ll go have a nap on the couch I think

Riggs: This seems like a good idea to go jump on Tess’s head. I mean look how bored she must be just laying up there. Maybe if I bite her neck she’ll play with me!

6:45am Riggs: Well that didn’t work, how did I end up in this wire contraption again? At least I have my Busy Buddy Barnacle toy to keep me occupied

Me: Maybe I can get ready for work now

7:00am Me: Running late, again!!!

Curlies: Yay! Bathroom walk!!!

Riggs: This seems like a good time to tackle Tess

Me: How did I get so tied up? I think we are providing free entertainment for the neighbourhood.

Me: Whew, made it back home, Riggs do you have to go?

Riggs: NO! But these bugs look edible…

7:15 am Me: Kong ready for Tess, Squirrel Dude ready for Riggs, anything else I’m forgetting…

Me: Riggs are you sure you don’t have to go out?

Riggs: No, I don’t have to go

Me: Ok, I’ll just start the wash machine before I leave

Riggs: Oops…I was so distracted by my Squirrel Dude just sitting up there on the counter, I forgot I had to go…sorry mom

Me: Cleaning up

Me: Ok Curlies, kennel for your goodies

7:30 am Me: Bye guys

Riggs: Tess did you hear something?

Tess: Huh?

8:00 am Curlies: Think I’ll just have quick a nap…zzz
12:00 pm Curlies: Mom’s home!

Riggs: Let me out I gotta pee!

12:30 pm Me: Ok guys, play time’s over time to get in your kennels for your…

Riggs: ME FIRST!!!

Tess: Me too!

Me: Ok, here you go, see you tonight!

2:00 pm Tess: Wake up, protect the house from the mailman

Riggs: Huh? I was sleeping

6:00 pm Tess: Mom’s home!

Riggs: Mom is that you? I’m sleepy

Me: Sorry bud you gotta go outside

Riggs: Ok, but just let me stretch first…

Riggs: Ok, business done, play time???

Me: Nope, dinner!

Curlies: Yay!!!

6:30 pm Me: Alright Riggs time for your walk before I head out with Tess

Riggs: Ok, I love walking!

7:00 pm Me: Ok, Tess time for Flyball class! Riggs get in your kennel for your Squirrel Dude!

Riggs: I’m in Mom! Hurry, faster, faster!

Me: Ok, here you are

Me: Tess, leash up and lets go!

7:30 pm Flyball class – Fun fun!
9:30 pm Me & Tess: Hi Riggs

Riggs: Huh? Who’s there? You interrupted my sleep

Me: Outside?

Riggs: Ok

Riggs: Oh, that feels better!

Riggs: Maybe if I go steal Tess’ toy she’ll play with me?

Tess: Can’t I just nap on the couch?

Riggs: NEVER!!!

Me: I need a glass of wine!

10:00 pm Me: Ok guys, bed time – kennel & Kongs!

Curlies: Yay, night Mom!