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!
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!
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.
Some quick recall work…
And a chance to just hang out…
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!
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!
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!
Riggs and I attended our first “Show Confidence” handling class. I’m a complete newbie to showing dogs so I found it very interesting. I learnt a tonne, and we both really enjoyed it.
The instructor had lots of lovely things to say about Riggs’ conformation and how easy he is to handle (thanks to all of Cathy’s hard work). I still don’t know if I will show him; but I do hope he can show in some puppy classes, and perhaps some other shows down the road if he does well. I’ll have to attempt to take some conformation photos of him, he sure looks lovely right now.
I’m looking forward to learning some more and continuing to work on my handling skills through more of these classes. These dogs are keeping me busy!
Just a few photos to share
Tess had had enough playing, but Riggs wanted her to be extra sure!
I Don’t Want To Play!
Tess: I don’t really want to play right now
Riggs: Are you sure?
Tess: Yes, not now
Tess: Yeah, not now
Riggs: OH YES YOU DO!!!