On 29. 07. 2016 few of our H-puppies and father of the litter already came to the meeting's location, so we drove there to go for a walk and a swim with dogs.
Hideo (Ozzy) was happy to meet his Chessy again, who just ignored him, Hera was happy of Hideo, who ignored her, while mother Heidi and Hideo just greeted each other for few seconds, than they went to do their business further on, i.e. Hideo had to follow the water crazy Chessy and Heidi had to go back into the bushes to collect more seeds with her coat and to dig out the treasure. This was in her opinion the best Birthday party ever, because although she was with the dogs, she was playing alone (she is like her mother Ama).
Heidi did not even notice H-puppies father Eliott and his "sibling" the dalmatian Luke, who joined us later. None of the dogs were interested in other people, they just loved to play in the water and with each other.
On 30. 07. 2016 the official part of the 1st curly meeting in Slovenia, with parents and friends of our H-puppies, started in the morning at Ribniško lake in Kočevje with father Eliott, mum Heidi (left in the morning), sons Haru (left in the morning) and Ozzy (Hideo), daughters Hera (left in the morning), Halma and Hope, father's friend dalmatian Luke and toller helper Daisy.
We did basic behaviour test that can be done once per year (results for the litter is below), discussed it comparing to the parents and among siblings.
After the basic instinctual behaviour test we started with land exercises for SUP with the dog (Daisy was the helper): body awareness exercises, balance exercises, exercises for building muscles and target exercises (towel). After the land exercises we tried how dogs are ready to stay calmly on the surf with the owner.
After the SUP training we did a small break to cool down the dogs in the water and to let the puppies, that did not have the opportunity to swim since they left their nest, remember how to swim (they are all perfect swimmers). With help of happy dummies and Daisy (social learning) some of the puppies and the dalmatian Luke learned how to jump from the dock into the water. All the successful ones had also a short individual training.
At the end we trained things that make problems to new owners, did smaller part of personality test for juniors (average of the tested H-puppies is presented below) and gave to all of the dog-handler teams the SUP diplomas for the memory.
It was really nice to meet you and looking forward to see you all next year, when the puppies will be learning how to search for truffles.
The meeting of our D and L tollers was planned on 03. 07. 2016, but was due to really bad weather postponed to the next day, 04. 07. 2016.
However, all our tollers went to the location of meeting also on 03. 07. 2016, where we met Lola and well behaved German pointer Beni from Croatia. Lola is still bigger from Lira (and will probably always be), the only thing that changed from the last time they were together is that now they both have the same red colour (Lira lost all the puppy coat). All dogs were swimming, jumping into the pond, retrieving happy dummies and had fun.
On the next day afternoon father and half-brother of the L-litter came with their "sibling" Jack, so the number of dogs went from 9 to 11. We had a short walk followed by swimming and dock-jumping training with help of happy dummies and social learning from parents, older half-brother and cousins.
We did basic behaviour test that can be done once per year (results for both litters are below), tested behaviour at shot (all tollers are gun-calm) and trained things that make problems to new owners before we went for a lunch.
It was really nice to meet you all and looking forward to see you next year.
More amazing photos of the 2nd day by Yulia Titovets you can find in the fb album.
On 30. 03. 2014 DŠPS organised 2nd memorial of Henrik Sečnik, i.e. dryland sleddog competition. This year there were more categories and also we participated in more categories than last year.
Heidi (CCR) competed in bikejoring open as the 1st retriever breed in Slovenia (1st time with Barbara, with hardly any training), Kala in canicross open, and Daisy (NSDTR) in dogging as the 4th "Slovene" retriever breed (this was her 1st time ever). Heidi has shown big improvement in all aspects (she was even 5 minutes faster than last year), for Kala it was too hot, so we went really slow to be on the safe side, and little Daisy, well, she still does not know that she was supposed to pull.
The organisation of the event was absolutely perfect, food was good, sponsor gave to every competitor usefull things: from dog food, to natural creams and rare seeds. Last are already "underground".
23. 03. 2013 we went to a workshop for working test to Sokoliči. The instructors were Riccardo Raccanelli (labrador) and Raffaele Navone (flatcoated retriever). This was 1st working test workshop for Pretty, Duffy, Kala and Heidi. Heidi participated the whole time, Duffy and Pretty for a bit shorter time, Kala was just watching. But in the break she practised alone with Barbara (also Pretty and Heidi did).
This was a very good workshop, where we learned a lot of new things. The best was of course the trick with the tennis ball to teach the whistle command stop when the dog is running away from the handler. A brilliant trick!
24. 03. 2013 we participated for the 1st time in working test, which was also the 1st working test in Slovenia that counts for Zlata raca, the 1st with international participation, the 1st with proper judges. We participated with 3 girls: with Kala in out of competition class (0, 0, 4, 0; she did not pass the WT, but she won the class that does not count for Zlata raca trophy), Pretty in beginners class (5/30, 10/30, 4/20, 0; she almost passed the WT) and Heidi in open class (9/20, 17/30, 13/20, 6/20; she passed the WT).
Kala had lots of fun, met her "boyfriend" flatcoat Šejk, did the exercises in Kala's way constantly wagging with her "toller-tail", usually running full speed (just on the memory, which she did not see or which she forgot, she went so slow and in zig-zag, that Barbara just recalled her). She barked, pied, pooped and had a nice time.
Heidi performed better than expected i.e. she worked as she was told too even if there were people around. That was a huge success. She even understands the directions she should go. At the end, she was 5th.
But she went off course with the curly speed i.e. rather slow than fast. One problem appeared, that was not seen for ages i.e. Barbara did not get the dummy into her hand all the times. Till now we thought that Heidi had very good "hold".
Pretty was also nice, but she needs even more training than Heidi and Kala. But Pretty marks better than other two girls, can run much faster i.e. she is perspective young girl.
Results of the 1st WT for Zlata raca, results for Zlata raca after 1st WT, photos of the winners, photos from the workshop, photos from the WT (step 1 and 2), photos and more photos.