Returns From Bootcamp
I drove down to Virginia Beach Easter Sunday and walked
all over the place to tire myself out so I could sleep!
it was starting to sprinkle when I got to Carla's place. So, I had
my baseball cap on and my rain jacket with the hood up. Carla brings
out Orion and the dumb dog barks at me! He didn't recognize me! I
pulled my hood off and asked him "Orion, don't you recognize
me?" Oh boy! He went hysterical! Jumping and slamming his body
against me and yipping. It made me so happy! We worked in the rain
that first day and he was doing pretty good heels, sits, downs, and
short sit/stays and down/stays. But, he'd break the long ones. When
I left, he started howling! It just broke my heart to leave him behind.
But, Carla had told me she didn't want me to take him to my hotel
with me in case we ran into other dogs and I didn't know how to handle
him. It turns out it was a very wise move as the beach was full of
people walking dogs. As you can see from my pictures, I was right
on the beach! Too bad it was too cold to swim! LOL
Tuesday and Wednesday
the training went much better. He was holding his long down and sit
stays. The pictures are from the last day. He still sits crooked
and I'm going to have to work on this. He learned as a pup to sit
in front of me, so now, when I ask him to sit next to me, he tries
to move his body so he's trying to face me still. It needs work.
His recalls are pretty good too, but I need to have him get closer
I watched Carla work with other dogs and someone else
work their dog. Carla is working with a GSD from European lines that
is so stubborn she's totally frustrated with that dog. She said she
had a better chance of getting a BH on Orion than on that dog. So,
I asked her about getting a BH on Orion and she said he could do
it. She would want him back in the Fall for another month and then
I would have to come down and train with him as I would put him through
the trials. The BH, and I'm sorry I don't remember what it stands
for, is the first test in obedience for a dog that is going to continue
with Schutzhund competions. But, it's all obedience, no bite work
or tracking. Sounds like something I may want to earn for Orion!
Once I got Orion home, he started trying to slip back
to his old habits. The first walk he was trying to go all over the
place and it got me pretty mad. Once he used the bathroom I told
UH buddy, this stops right now!" Carla bought me a very impressive
prong collar for him and when he tried to get ahead of me, I stepped
back and popped him. I've never, in the 3 years I've had him, heard
him react to a correction. But, he reacted to this one, and he jumped
right back into heeling next to me.
We've yet to come across other
dogs in the neighborhood. I don't know what the people around here
do with their dogs. So, we still have that trial ahead of us. But,
Carla warned me Orion is totally unpredictable with his dog aggression.
You never know when he's going to go off and to be prepared. I already
So, the end of the story is still to be written. Orion
is on probation. I continue to work with him daily. I really would
like to get that BH title on him!
Thank you all for your caring and
thinking of him and me! This story will continue!