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 27. 09. 2015 Heidi and Chessy competed individually in bikejoring women in Stražun forest in Maribor, Slovenia. Heidi competed 1st, Chessy last. Barbara got to know the trail with Heidi, so with Chessy she could go a bit more relaxed knowing the trail a little bit more. Chessy was at the end 2.5 min faster from Heidi.
Heidi usually stops immediately when she want to poo, so there is hardly any time to stop the bike behind her. This time happened what we were always afraid off, i.e. there was not enough time to stop the bike, so Barbara hit Heidi's hind leg with the bike. Heidi moved a bit and pooped on. But from here on it was obvious that Heidi had fear and was not relaxed.
With Chessy it was obvious that we train a little bit wrong, i.e. she stopped every time when we passed certain length of trail - the length of stops was there there with our short training trail. When getting closer to finish line, she blocked a bit (like last time), but we managed to get through the finish line a bit better than last time.
We still need to train more and on longer trails with more turns, but the progress, especially with Chessy, was amazing.
Along with Chessy and Heidi we took also Haru, who was amazed by bikejoring starts. He met new people, new dogs, tried vegetarian meal which he did not like much, had fun and came home tired.
Photos from the event are in the slideshow below. Thank you to all the photographers for the photos, organizers for such a nice event, trail on a such a lovely day, and all for the help. It was very nice to meet old faces after a long time.
aunt Pretty and nephew Dylan
There are just 4 toller puppies from the D-litter (Gea x Orion) living with us at the moment, some of them still looking for an active owner/coowner (for more info you can contact us on +386 51 359 348).
Today, at the vet, they met one black cute lab-mix puppy, about 3 months old, with a new owner. It was very sad to see, that the puppy did not get the proper "mental development" and training from the "breeder". We heard it screaming from one of the rooms when veterinarians, which are very good, tried to make puppy to lie on the back, to be able to check it. There will be so much work for the owner... There will be even much work for the owner, if she will not start socializing, raising, teaching and training the puppy immediately. We do not envy owners that kind of dogs and we do not envy any dogs that kind of "breeders". Poor dog and poor owner!
This will not happen with our puppies, because we had them in our hands, on the lap... on the back and every other position from the beginning on. You can see that on the video after 1:40 where they were checked from the stranger, the tester at their 1st test, the puppy test, performed by Katja Poljšak. They are used to touch and know that it is very nice. Even more, puppies many times search for our attention, for the touch, by themselves. Very cute.
We are still working on with socializing them. Today we noticed that it is high time to take them to the dog school or to the place, where there are other dogs, which our puppies do not know; one by one. At the vet they were behaving like a courageous and powerful pack, barked at the poor lab-mix they heard screaming and made our puppies confused, nervous... They never heard any other dog to cry in that way.
We absolutely adore that they are not afraid of the people, but we would also like, that they will either ignore other dogs completely, or that they will see in other dogs a possibility to play, but only after our approval.
One of the wishes is that they would behave to other animals in need like our adult dogs do: they want to check what was going on with that animal like they would feel compassion. We like that. We do not mind if they are just "nosy parkers", this behaviour just help us to determine quicker who is in need and if anybody is in need. With that kind of behaviour from Heidi, we noticed that the puppy that got injured was Daisy (see the "2012 news"). Thank you Heidi!
It is really high time to take time for them individually! We noticed the problem, we know the goal, now we just have to make the plan and stick on it.