Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I have some good pictures of Zap in his album on my facebook, thought I'd post the link here.


Monday, February 8, 2010

The Weekend

Had a good weekend! Zap got to meet new people at the superbowl party and work on focus/eye contact with tons of distractions around!

I wrote out his agility training schedule based on my trial and error method with raising poor Li. haha. No actual agility for awhile of course but we are starting to work on the stuff that will lead up to it such as tricks, body awareness, directionals, jump wraps [no bars!], table games, tunnels, etc.

All for now! Zap is going with me tomorrow to meet tons of new people so we will see how that goes!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Day 3/4

Didn't update yesterday because we didn't do much. Just shaping and manners.

Today we are taking it easy. He is being such a goof. He was fetching an empty water bottle before and now he is running around the living room in circles with it. He doesn't touch the floor though, he jumps from one couch to another, then runs along the long fireplace, then back onto the couch, haha.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 2

This is the first entry for day two. I'll probably end up with 4 or 5 today but I'll keep them in the same blog post.
First session. I put down a box. We are getting good at putting our front feet on the box, but it isn't solid yet. After a minute or two, I took away the box and we just free shaped. I can see the beginning of 3 separate behaviors. They all start in the "down" position. One is crawling backwards, which he offered himself spontaneously. The other is scratching the ground with a back paw, which is probably the first thing he ever offered for me. And the last one is a variation of the second, but instead of scratching the ground, he moves his back paw out really far behind him [one leg at a time]. I'm excited because hopefully that will help with rear foot targeting when we get to it.
Second session went almost the same as the first.
I had Driver's Ed 4-6 but when mom came to pick me up to take me to my grandma's house [she was having a valentine's party for the grandkids] she brought Zap! So he got to meet my grandparents, my aunt, and my 2 year old cousin. I took him for a walk around the block but he wasn't too impressed with the two vehicles that passed. us. Li was like this at first but I just kept walking and ignored him when he threw a fit and he eventually grew out of it. But I would rather have a dog that is wary of cars instead of a no-fear dog that wants to chase them. It is more safe for a dog to jump to the side of the road and respect the vehicle's space then put himself in danger by chasing it or jumping in front of it. He is not afraid of stationary vehicles so parking lots should be no problem, lol. I made the mistake of letting him sleep for 2 hours [8-10] last night while I was on the computer so the little bugger was up until midnight playing until I could get him to go to sleep in his crate without screaming. My parents have a zero tolerance whining policy so gotta keep those pups entertained and tired out!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day 1

Yesterday his was fairly quiet on the ride home. He sat on my lap for a while then slept in his crate. Everyone loved him! When we got home he instantly took up he job of official havoc creator. Tipping over the garbage, chewing stuff, stealing food and paper and leashes and socks and blankets....haha. First thing we worked on was eye contact. I had his chew toy and held it with my arm fully extended to the side. He laid down instantly [good boy!] and stared at the toy for a second or two then looked at me! I gave him the toy. Now, when he wants food or a toy, he looks at my eyes. Today we were just free shaping with a box. He hasn't got the hang of it completely but he was putting feet on the box, even his hind feet. Watching him crawl under chairs and desks, jump unto the couch, weave through furniture to get to where he wants to, etc, he obviously knows how to use his body! Great puppy! At first I was freaked out because he would not respond to my voice and was being insane. But after I got some treats and toys out and started showing him my expectations for his behaviour in the house, he was an apt pupil. =]
I'm over all very pleased with this puppy. He will sleep within 10 minutes of being crated. He was screaming a little at first last night, but I put a towel over his crate and he stopped, haha. Flick loves him and Li is kinda miffed.....I think it is a PyreShep thing. Li is very possessive of me and isn't going to share until he and the puppy have a relationship.
Anyway, I'm very happy with this dog! Mom, Dad, Grandpa, siblings, everyone loves him!