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First Prize!

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Today we went to the Moorabbin Dog Obedience Club's first  Fun Day for the year.

I had entered Sasha in CCD and Java is in Pink1 level.

Sasha worked really well. We havent been to many classes this year so i was not really happy with her performance. Me on the other hand.. i kept talking to her, thats a no no... and i just cant walk straight (no suprises there!)

Java on the other hand i had a few issues with. Typically when i train with Java there is a lot of Luring involved. Food in hand and off we go. If she stays in position she knows there will be a treat coming out of that hand she has been focusing on for the past few steps. In the ring there was no food allowed.

I could see as we kept going through the exercises she was getting crancky... no FOOD! Thankfully she waited until the last exercise to totally shutdown.. yes it was the return to heal! She wasnt going to do it at all.

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Pre Puppy Class - First Day

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Today we went to Moorabbin Obedience Dog Club for pre puppy class. The class is for all puppies that have not had all their immunizations so they can be well socialized with other puppies. Typically the puppies are between 10-14 weeks old, but the great thing I found was they had older dogs there also, so there were all different shapes and sizes.

To start with Java was apprehensive and didn’t really want to play with any of the other puppies. She just sat in a corner of the room for a while (not long only 5 minutes or so) and then she was off exploring. The first stop was the office. The pigs ears and liver treats were too much for her to resist! Forget the other puppies she has found gold! Mark kept running after her and bringing her back to the circle of pups but she would just pick herself up and walk right back to the GOLD ROOM! In the end Sue closed the door so she wouldn’t be tempted any longer.

It took her around 30 minutes to get a bit more comfortable with the other pups and larger dogs in the room. There was an Australian bull dog called Slug , a Cavalier called Buddy, Vince the Samoyed and some other breeds that I really couldn’t work out what they were!


Java was milling around playing with the toys and the finally met Vince, the Samoyed. Vince had been to class for a few weeks but was still scared of all the other dogs. But it was like magic! They played and threw each other on the ground for a good 30 minutes! I am sure Java thought Vince was a big white sheep, she rounded him up and kept biting Vince on the rear end; I just smiled and kept it to myself! She has so much energy, and kept motoring through the 2 hours we were there!

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