Dash is now 20 weeks and I’m loving every minute of her journey. I hope to have some more video clips of her training progress, but so far we are learning to walk nicely on a loose leash, pay attention and focus on me, perch/pivot work, as well as sit to whistle and wait for her dinner and at thresholds. As she is quite a lively little girl I am doing quite a lot of work on impulse control and her “Leave” game is coming on very nicely. We have also started her Sit and Stay.
She just loves to retrieve and is learning to sit quietly and wait her turn when the other dogs are working. In the beginning she was very noisy and demanding “me, me, me!!!” but we are getting better. Waiting at the water is still a problem though.
Although she is very quick onto a thrown dummy and will go out on a sight line she is becoming a bit hesitant about carrying the dummy for any distance, although she most often will bring it right back to me and put it into my hand. I suspect her mouth is a little tender as she is cutting her permanent teeth so I will hold off on the deliveries until she has all her teeth. To help with the deliveries I’m doing quite a bit of work on nose targeting my palm which she is getting very good at.