Riot was at the vet today to get his rabies shot — earlier than I wanted him to have it, but I needed the certificate to send in with his class registrations on Monday.
He weighed in at 30 pounds and was quite the charmer. We got lots of chances to work on being polite when being petted. The best was after he got his rabies shot Dr. Wright was standing there with him kind of in his arms petting him while we talked about how big he might be fully grown (somewhere between 50 and 55 pounds is the guess). Dr. Wright said I guess I should let you go, and looked at Riot and said this would probably be the best part of his day. I looked at Riot perfectly content with being petted and thought he might actually make a good therapy dog.
We shouldn’t have to go back to the vet until we get our preliminary OFA x-rays done between 7 and 8 months.
Week 3 of obedience concluded with a rousing game of musical downs. Riot came out on top after a couple of close matches. He has a quick down from a stand or slow movement. He hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it moving at speed and sometimes it’s faster than others.
I’m getting better at keeping his attention in class. He still likes to go off and sniff, but I’m getting him back pretty easily. I’m finding if I mix up the exercises more, he focuses better.
We’re making progress. Tonight he started something new. He started barking at me if I didn’t give him a treat soon enough when asking for attention. He’s always sat there so nicely giving me attention. But tonight I had about a minute or so before he would start barking. Excuse me? He’s also started to get the treat for the behavior and immediately going off sniffing. Like hey thanks now I got better things to do.
My other favorite was his eyes light up when he saw the aframe. He was so ready to tackle it again. I hated having to keep him off of it. But he’ll see it again on Monday.
Riot had his first agility class tonight. Overall he’s getting better about not spending quite as much time trying to find every little morsel of food on the floor.
We did a bunch of stuff in class. We worked on stays — very important, started circle work, worked with foundation obstacles (ladders, mats, blocks, flat boards), and got to run over a lowered aframe and go through the tire too.
The first attempt at the a frame was a bit scary, but after that he couldn’t wait to go and would start pulling me toward it when it was his turn.
Riot got weighed at the vet this morning and was 27 pounds.
Today Riot went to hang out at the CCCC Agility Trial while Cisco ran. He did really well in his crate and only barked a bit towards the end of the day when I took Cisco out to potty and for his last run. It had been a really long day at that point and I was ready to go too.
He got some time for socializing and was very polite with all the dogs and people he met. We even worked on some obedience. I think we need to lay off the puppy push-ups though because a lot of times a down is ending with a quick pop up to a sit.