Monthly Archives: May 2013

Photos of Ioury this week – 11 weeks old

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Did, dig dig……..

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nothing there, tired, tired, zzzzzzzzzzz

 

Quelques petites nouvelles de Ioury, qui grandit à vue d’oeil, c’est impressionnant . Il fait ses 11 kgs … Il est super gentil, et très malin, pour observer tous mes comportements . Cela se passe très bien,  Je l’ai entrainé plusieurs fois par jours pour ” assis – couché ” qu’il à très vite appris.  il répond à son nom et revient vers moi dans le jardin. La propreté évolue aussi chaque jour .  la semaine passée, il sautait beaucoup en mordant les pantalons et les manches des vêtements, mais il le fait moins maintenant . je le trouve très équilibré dans son caractère, il n’est ni peureux, ni énervé . Nous faisons des promenades à pied chaque jour, il a bien intégré le transport en voiture, et rester seul de petits moments. je suis vraiment très heureuse de l’avoir à mes côtés.

Golden Retrievers can be pretty mouthy, all of them do it to a greater or lesser extent.

Ioury’s owner has been very responsive in discouraging the jumping up and also the nibbling of trouser legs etc.. She has also been doing 10 minute training sessions on basic obedience throughout the day.

Its a lesson better learnt young, rather than when they are 35kg and firmly established in this habit. People forget or perhaps don’t know puppies at the start of their new lives with you are full of joy and mischief and that can equate to hard work for  a short period. Like babies (human) a puppy is natural in its responses to things, they like to play, they like to chew – they don’t realise that the piece of wood they have been left unsupervised with is a precious heirloom – so beware, if you would not leave a toddler in a room unsupervised – don’t leave a Golden Retriever puppy unsupervised without expecting consequences ;-)

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Puppy pictures

A few pictures from last week – puppies in their new homes:

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Look I’m not touching the wires!

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Not IKEA again, driver – take me home!

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IXO – well you did say lie down!

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Beat that – I can read Le Monde any day of the week – who needs training!

 

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Its been a while

The week has passed in a flurry of inactivity and general moans about the weather. At the weekend Isobel departed to her new home – I can’t tell you how much I have missed her. She was a bundle of raw energy and talent – ready to learn and very affectionate. I still find myself calling her in with the other dogs…. my last baby….

I think she is going to be happy with her new owners and their two french bulldogs – I think Isobel might learn some manners from them ;-)

As I was in the area for the meeting, I met up with Izzy’s owners to talk through training techniques and give them some tips on training- puppies are like toddlers immensely rewarding but intensely infuriating if you can’t find  a way to communicate effectively. Izzy is a sweet lively  and very intelligent girl, who is in the process of learning the basics as are her  new owners. Training a puppy isn’t difficult, but it does take perseverance and patience. Keep up the good work…. !

Most new owner underestimate the work needed in the first month, but I promise, the investment  in time/training is worth it, the hard work  will  mean that you will benefit sooner and for the life of the dog from a happy, stable dog that you can take anywhere.

It is why I advocate that all new owners take their dog to puppy school as soon as they can after their vaccinations.

On Monday we had the Regional elevage meet at  Labrugiere. We entered  four dogs: Fig (7 year old male), Jussi (5 year old male), Dolly (1 year old female) and Poppy ( 5 months old).

It was a good meet, there were lots of quality dogs there. The father of our recent litter Cheek to Cheek Blue Dream won Best in Show – well deserved.  All our dogs were marked as excellent and in the case of Poppy in puppy class very promising:

Dolly (Hello Dolly de la Lande d’Argos, grand daughter of Jussi) won the female young (jeune) class: The judge tends towards the lighter coloured Goldens and luckily for us, Dolly was to his taste.

His comments were: Excellent light female, well constructed, good neck, pretty head, excellent pigmentation, good expressive eyes, excellent top line, excellent tail  (ie not too high or low), good angulations front and back, excellent movement, I would like the back to be firmer, excellent presentation and exhibition.

Dolly also beat her brother Hyperion to the title of best Jeune overall. Well done both of them.

Jussi (Dewmist Sails of Satin) was entered in the working class – he was marked as excellent and came second. The judge’s comments were: Excellent light coloured dog of 5 years, with and excellent temperament and disposition ( the dogs had been hanging around for over 5 hours by that time). Excellent construction and proportions. Excellent top line, Very handsome head with excellent masculine expression and sweet. Good neck, I would like to see better angulation at the shoulders, Good rib, Good tail, Excellent fur quality. Excellent movement, joyous and elegant with good impulsion.

Well done  Jussi – he is just starting to mature; Thanks Henrik and  Dewmist!

Fig (Tenfield Border Racer) – entered into open class, Fig is such a good dog, he is a real trooper and an elegant gentleman. He did really well as a dark dog in an ocean of blonde. The judge despite his preference for a different type of dog was very complimentary about Fig and in fairness we cannot argue with some of his comments. Fig gained an excellent and was placed third. The judge’e comments: Very handsome dog of 7 years – Golden. Good substance, well constructed and proportioned. Excellent temperament. Lovely head, Expressive eyes, well sculpted head, I would have preferred a better presentation (Fig was hopping about a little, after being presented last, and losing patience – so fair comment).

I prefer a larger and stronger dog in the open class. Excellent top line and tail. Excellent movement, excellent disposition in the ring, excellent head and tail.

Fig is the ultimate poser, when he is in the zone, he looks superb – but he is a smaller model Golden (totally in proportion, but he isn’t a large chappy). I was  so pleased that he got placed, he is a class act.

Good job  Kim Ellis at Tenfield

Last but not least was our Poppy (Peaches of the Morning Valley) entered into the Baby class. Pops is a big girl for 5 months, between a Spanish judge and Mum’s stress Poppy was recorded as being 4 months old (she is big for 5 months and would be considered giant for 4 months). Poppy was judged as very promising and was placed 3rd. Judge’s comments: Impressive 4 month female with lots of bone and of substance. Very pretty head with magnificent pigmentation and eye colour. Good neck and front angulation. Good top line, I would prefer that the rump was a little higher. Excellent movement, Good impulsion but I would prefer the  movement behind to be more typical (not sure what this means) Shoulders need to be more firm.

Many thanks to her producers (Ans) of  the Morning Valley

Dolly also performed well for her TAN (Test of natural ability) – she did really well and earned her TAN – well done Dolly.

 

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Isabel training

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These little videos show some conditioning exercises with Isabel. The first two show the  recall, sit, down and stand commands. I do these exercises frequently throughout the day, she is doing these from desire to be petted or rewarded with a croquette, I am not pushing her into positions. Her responses become more automatic over time the more these are practiced, and the food rewards are reduced or replaced by praise or strokes.

These are “must do” exercises and are very easy to do with these puppies.

 

Video 3 shows a daily touching exercise – where she gets used to me touching her ears, face, checking her teeth touching her all over, usually I would touch and massage each foot and tickle and massage her belly. This position for a pup is quite stressful, they are very vulnerable, so it builds trust, relaxes them and prepares them for vets visits or for other people touching them.

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Its time for training

Now that the pups are settling into their new homes I am concentrating (as I hope are the new owners) on the very important tasks of training Isabel and Poppy. Poppy at 19 weeks has already got a good command of the basics and is very laid back. She has developed and unfortunate habit of jumping up – which I am working at discouraging by making her sit on command and rewarding that behaviour.

Poppy is great on the lead, she doesn’t pull and meanders behind, we are encouraging her to walk to heel. Poppy will virtually dance on her head if there is a treat involved, so positive reinforcement with Poppy is never a problem. However, our main challenge is getting her to stand, she will be going to first shows soon and we want her prepared ;-)

Isabel, is great. I am lucky that most of the training that new proprietors have to do, is done for me by Effie and Jasper. They play with her and she learns dog behaviour and good manners. They also make sure she knows she is the youngest and least important in the pack. I have had only one instance of testing her status in the first week after Ioury left, that was quickly corrected and she has been very well behaved since. Obviously, I mean, well behaved for a puppy :-)

Since Ioury left I have gently started a daily routine with Isabel. In the morning she is let out of her crate and she is encouraged to go for a pipi. After we humans are fed, I then feed the dogs, they all have to be seated, and are fed in order, Jasper, Effie, Poppy then Isabel. It has only taken Isabel a week to understand that she has to wait for Poppy to start before I will give her the signal to start to eat. Poppy however, is a total nightmare, she understands sit, and wait, but cannot understand that she has to wait for Jasper then Effie before I will give her the signal. I thought Effie was a gannet, but Pops can only be discribed as food motivated and lacking patience. We will get there, she may be truely blonde, but I have faith …….

They all go out for a play whilst I clean up and poop scoop, then throughout the day I do a variety of 10 minute exercises with Poppy or Isabel on some fundamentals. The recall, sit, lie down, heel and stand. Isabel is doing very well on all of these,mainly because she gets treats, which I am now slowly withdrawing. She is pretty reliable on her sit, stand and getting better on her lie down and heel but her recall depends on distractions. I am just starting in the stay command and have had some success, but its not reliable yet. So when her recall is near perfect – we will start some dummy training.

So far, I haven’t had the usual problem of mouthing or nibbling fingers, she knows that I will give her a stroke or a tickle when I ask her to sit, or she will have her belly rubbed if she lies down. She is totally discouraged and distracted with a chew squeaky toy from nibbling or chewing anything human or any  furniture in the house. She has been removed from the house if she ignores the off command, for 10-15 minutes.

It hasn’t stopped her hijacking my boots or Max’s slippers and trying to take them into the garden. When we had visitors today, she forgot herself and got overly excited with someones laces, but the off and sit command put an end to it and she was diverted to another toy.  I guess so far I have been quite lucky. Fingers crossed that it continues.

I have been putting her on the lead and running her around the garden, from time to time she has decided that she would prefer to take herself for a walk and will try and take the lead into her mouth and walk herself around, she does walk nicely next to me or behind me. Well, I will have to work on this tendency, but I hope we will be sorted by the time she can go outside our garden.

Isabel has a very strong retrieve instinct and likes to carry things in her mouth, if a ball is thrown she will go and get it and bring it back. I have great hopes for her as a trialler. Isabel is a very thoughtful girl, she looks, listens, calculates the odds and then takes action – I think she might be a very special girl – but then I am biased.

Ioury and Clancy I know have been doing some training as well – well done with your successes.

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The Pups progress and News

I have been receiving news from the new owners of Effies and Blue’s litter and how they are adapting to their new homes.

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Clancy has been out and about in Switzerland, seen his new Vet, is now a Swiss citizen with passport. He is learning to master the lead, but has perfected the “sit”and apparently the “hurry up and get my food” bark. It seems these pups like their food and I already know that they are strong willed.

Izzy has settled into her new home, and has attached herself to the mistress of the house, here is what her owner says ” sa 1ère nuit Izzie a pleuré à 2 reprises, ma mère est allée la rassurer et elle s’est arrêtée. Son doudou a été très utile!

Elle mange bien.

La 2ème journée s’est très bien passée, elle s’adapte vraiment bien à son nouvel environnement.

Elle suit ma mère partout. Elle est très curieuse, et n’a pas du tout peur.

Elle est aussi très joueuse, et rapporte plein de choses!” et Mercredi ”

Elle a bien grossi!
Elle a des petits moments de folie puis tout d’un coup “tombe par terre” et s’endort:-)
Elle n’est pas du tout peureuse, elle a même son petit caractère et est assez têtue!
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IXO – He is settling in, relaxed on the lead, not scared of anything, cars or big dogs

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Inzo – I don’t have a picture of hime but its seems all is well with him and he has settled well into his new home.

Ioury – “Ioury a bien fait connaissance avec sa nouvelle maison . pendant le transport, il a un peu aboyé, mais il n’était pas effrayé . Je lui parlais, et il s’arrêtait ensuite, je l’ai laissé aboyer, et il s’est arrété tout seul.  pour le reste  aussi, il a été super !!!  ballade dans le jardin, maison …  Le soir, j’avais à donner un cours de yoga, et je l’ai emmené avec moi ( encore un peu de voiture, mais c’était proche ) . IL est resté allongé  ou assis tranquille  à nous regarder pendant tout le cours, comme s’il connaissait çà depuis longtemps.
Et le plus magnifique, c’est que cette nuit, il n’a pas pleuré du tout, dans sa ” chambre “. J’avais fermé un peu les volets, il s’est endormi sur sa couverture et j’étais assise dans un fauteuil pas loin . Puis je suis partie sur la pointe des pieds, fermé la porte …. et il a dormi jusqu’à 8 heures ce matin . Peut être la nuit prochaine sera différente ? Mystère …
Pour faire connaissance avec les chats, quand je suis arrivée avec Ioury, ils étaient dans la maison, ils n’ont pas été très contents, puis ils se sont calmés . je ne les laisse pas avec Iui  pour le moment , car je crains qu’ils ne cherchent à le griffer . Ils sont partis se promener à l’extérieur maintenant, et ont pris de la distance .  Tout est très harmonieux.
Merci à vous de l’avoir déjà bien éduqué, il marche à côté de moi très tranquillement . Ce matin, j’ai essayé aussi avec un collier et la laisse, sur le chemin, il marchait très bien aussi sur le côté” .

Isabel – she missed her siblings straight away, but was comforted by her Mum and the other dogs, she has spent the last few days helping me in the garden, helping me brush the floor (well attacking the brush). She loves chasing Jasper – who loves running away from her. Effie takes great pleasure in playing with her and we have started some individual obedience training with her. She sits nicely, and is learning the down command. I hope by Saturday we can start on the stay command……. This will be useful when trying to feed her. ;-)

 

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Helsy – the sister of Hizzy and Hugo

Its been a few months since we heard about Helsy, but we received some news yesterday from her master. Helsy was quite a calm pup and was selected by her new owner because he was a first time Retriever owner and needed a dog that would be calm, as she would need to be able to go to work with him. These photos were sent in November 2012 when Helsy was about 13/14 weeks old.

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We received a recent up date with pictures of Helsy (who is nearly 9 mths) She looks very like her mother;-)  Her master says “Je vous envoi ce mail pour vous dire qu’ HELSY est magnifique, elle se porte trés bien. Je n’aurai révé mieux. Je vous ai mis quelques photos d’elle en piece jointe. Elle est tré obéissante et sociable, elle me suis partout et ça se passe trés bien.

Well done Frederic for training her so well – Bravo!

 

 

 

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Je vous souhaite une bonne journée et je vous dis a bientot.

 

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Ixo has landed!

Oh joy – I have received some news of Ixo and some photos ;-) It looks like everything is ok and he isn’t too stressed. As his new owners say’s

L’arrivée d’Ixo dans notre maison s’est très bien passée.
Ixo est un petit chien très équilibré, gentil mais aussi avec un caractère
bien affirmé.
Il a beaucoup d’appétit (il dévore), sa nuit s’est bien passée (il a un peu
pleuré au couché mais il a dormi dans sa niche avec son doudou et son jouet)
Il s’est réveillé à 6h00 ce matin et nous lui avons ouvert à 7h00.
Que de joies à notre vue ce matin.

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Four gone and two to go..I’m feeling a bit stressed.

The last two days have been a little full on. The pups need to be prepared for their new homes.

First to go was Clancy, his new parents drove from Switzerland to get him – I just knew that he was going to be cuddled most of the way back (dog cage – what dog cage). Image 1 Image 4

He arrived in his new home – and he got settled in very quickly,. Yes you are seeing a massive bed for a small puppy. Yes, that is  his name stitched on it……visions of diamante collars and doggie boots have just flitted through my mind – she won’t go that far – will she? One happy puppy.

ImageApparently, Clancy did a bark and he did cry a bit, but once settled seems to have sussed that he rules the roust and has his new owners running around after him. He expects his food to be served on time and if it isn’t served to his satisfaction he lets them know………..

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It looks like Clancy is settling in well, and it really lifted my spirits to see him looking so confident.

Three other dogs left yesterday, first was Ixo. He has a placid temperament and simply a very beautiful dog, but he was a little scared – so fingers crossed that he is settling in well.

Then off went Izzie, she was calm and happy and apparently travelled well in the car and arrived at her new home, but was somewhat stressed at the other end when she realised she was in a new home and that her brothers and sisters weren’t there. Its easy to forget that these pups are the equivalent of a 2 year old child when they go to their new homes. I suspect Izzie will take some time and lots of patience and  love to settle in over the next few days. Its stressful for the pup, and the new owners – but it will be worth it.

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and last off was Inzo (The Bis), he was quite laid back and sleepy, happy to be cuddled – so again we hope to hear how he is soon. I have to say Mum out Natalied Nathalie (Clancy’s owner), apparently she has a hidden stash of dog nappies – yep, dog nappies (just like baby ones but with a hole for the tail). She kept very quiet about them, I had never seen them before and until Inzo departed I had never seen a dog in one!

 

 

 

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Isobel my little punk rocker is waiting for her new home

 

 

 

Isabel is a lovely young girl , she has a lovely joyful nature, she loves to play and is very affectionate. She is a sociable girl and is usually the first to greet me, she is curious and an intelligent girl. She will be a Golden girl when she matures, probably not as dark as her mother, but not as light as her father – somewhere in between.

She has a good strong body, nice head and pretty face.

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Well, its getting near that time when some people are going to be very happy – and I might be a little sad…

At the end of the week, some of Effie’s and Blue’s puppies are going to go to their new homes. They have all been vaccinated, prodded and poked by the veto and given their health certificates and electronic tags. I can’t believe its gone so quickly.

So here are a few pictures of them at my mothers house in Cauhape.

Ixo on a mission

Ixo on a mission

Clancy

Clancy

Inzo looking at the other fighting for the ball.

Inzo looking at the other fighting for the ball.

 

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Clancy

Ioury and Ixo

Ioury and Ixo

Clancy and Izzie

Clancy and Izzie

Clancy and Ioury

Clancy and Ioury

Clancy - you cutie

Clancy – you cutie

Ixo, Clancy and Isobel do battle for the ball.... and the best girl wins!

Ixo, Clancy and Isobel do battle for the ball…. and the best girl wins!

Isabel - I got more balls than them ;-)

Isabel – I got more balls than them ;-)

Izzie watches from a safe distance

Izzie watches from a safe distance

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Izzie loves jumping as Inzo watches

Izzie loves jumping as Inzo watches

Isobel has found an old bone, Ixo and Clancy decide to investigate

Isobel has found an old bone, Ixo and Clancy decide to investigate

Ixo has won the bone!

Ixo has won the bone!

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Ixo copying the others

Ixo copying the others

Inzo (Bismarck) hiding under a rock

Inzo (Bismarck) hiding under a rock

Ioury being chased by Izzie

Ioury being chased by Izzie

Clancy guarding Ixo

Clancy guarding Ixo

Clancy and his best playmate Izzie

Clancy and his best playmate Izzie

Ioury

Ioury

Izzie being silly

Izzie being silly

Izzie,Ixo,Clancy and Ioury at the back

Izzie,Ixo,Clancy and Ioury at the back

Oh dear Izzie - you might really be a true blonde

Oh dear Izzie – you might really be a true blonde

Ixo - the dirt searcher

Ixo – the dirt searcher

 

Clancy is the KIng of all he surveys

Clancy is the KIng of all he surveys

 

Inzo (The Bismarck) walking the walk.

Inzo (The Bismarck) walking the walk.


Video of Inzo (Bismarck) with my son and Cosi (Effie’s mum)

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