Takoda (7 weeks old) I had the good fortune to be able to interact with him from the age of 5 weeks old because the entire litter came for visits to meet a bunch of people in our yard. By the time he came to live with us full time at 8 weeks old, we all knew each other well so the transition was smooth.
I decided to celebrate Takoda turning 6 months old with photos vs. text. He has learned and done so many things over the past 4 months, the post would be way too long and boring to read. Here are some highlights:
#1. Takoda continues to be a totally sweet, social, friendly, and biddable puppy with a nice OFF switch. These were the reasons I wanting a puppy from this litter. They were all that way.. and still are.
#2. Takoda and I are beginning training for Search and Rescue (SAR) after being introduced to it at Yellowstone Dog Sports camp a couple of weeks ago. He loves people more than anything, and did really well in SAR classes at camp, so I think its fair to assume that Search and Rescue will be hugely rewarding. For me, I love hiking and being out in nature with my dogs more than anything, plus SAR offers me the opportunity to put my dog obsession to good use while contributing to my community so I think its a good fit for both of us.
#3. Takoda will continue taking herding lessons every few weeks. He did really well in his first lesson. I don’t anticipate getting serious about herding…too much to learn on the part of the handler plus I don’t have plans to buy sheep, which makes practicing easier, but taking lessons will be a fun way to see his hard-wiring in action.
#4. Takoda started performance puppy class a month ago. My main goal for him in class is to learn important life skills like being calm and quiet in his crate while other puppies are running around, to stay focused on me vs. wanting to play with other puppies when more than one puppy is working (very common in this class), and to enter and exit the building with composure vs. acting like a blithering idiot :). He is progressing with these important life skills but we still have a ways to go.
#5. Takoda is doing very well with trained behaviors like SIT, DOWN, WAIT, MARK, heeling on both sides an knows a ton of tricks. But anyone who is into dog training knows this stuff is relatively easy to train. Given my interest in doing Search and Rescue with Takoda, my main focus will be on training a rock solid recall as well as good manners on and off leash.
Just thinking about Takoda makes me feel ridiculously happy.. but then again thinking about Jake and Lil makes me feel ridiculously happy too! I guess that is why I’m so dog obsessed. Its SO rewarding for me.