Our basic obedience training ended in November. I will continue to do more obedience with her but the next level doesn't start till February so I looked for agility. I had to search hard for daytime agility training but I found one up near Yorkdale. The format is the teacher tells us all what the next exercise is and what to do to reward the dog in incremental steps as it approaches the desired behaviour (shaping). During her instruction we have our dogs quietly next to us and when she's finished we get to try the exercise. Every time we try something new (go through a tunnel, go up and down a ramp, have paws on a specific target pad etc etc) Yuki needs no shaping, no luring, nothing - she just does it. The instructor initially asked "has she done this before?" - now she just says Yuki is a natural. It's almost like Yuki listens to the instructions and understands. The instructor told me that if Yuki wasn't so young, she would have thought I was being disingenuous about not having any agility training experience. So yeah, Yuki is super smart but you guys KNOW that already!! Thank you again for entrusting her to me.
Wishing you and your family the very best of the Christmas season ￼￼and a very happy new year.
As for the training she has been very easy to train overall, especially potty training which must have been practiced on your farm because she was sitting at the door waiting to be escorted to her washroom within the first few days of having her home (No accidents in the house). Ahri also loves to spend time with my other dog (Zelda) who is a 3.5 year old female boxer who can be excitable at times, but they seem to play for most of the day and then cuddle together at night. I believe Ahri to be a mostly submissive puppy so training with that in mind has been fairly simple in general and it's been even simpler with Zelda's influence who is as submissive/obedient as dogs get. I've got her to respond to "sit", "come", "paw", "no", "hey" (tonal differences), "cage/crate", "Ahri", and various body language cues. Another thing to mention about training is she has never barked other than when she is playing with Zelda and it is a playful bark, otherwise she is extremely quiet. Which was something I didn't have to train, she is just really quiet borderline silent. Last thing I wanted to mention about training is the puppy biting stage of growth, Ahri has shown tremendous mental growth on this stage in particular. When I first brought her home she was biting everything from shoes to cords. Within a week of diligent watching and training she no longer bites things other than toys and that extends to her now sleeping on our shoes and sometimes she puts her face inside my shoes rather than chew them. The biting may have been prevented due to her and Zelda playing and play biting each other. She may have just gained the bite inhibition much sooner than I initially expected.
She is already turning out to be a wonderful puppy, and it's only really going to get better as the weeks pass by. I wanted to thank you for allowing me the chance to come by your farm myself and witness the lifestyle they lived. I'm really happy I chose you Gabe over closer breeders.
My name is Tara and 3 years ago I purchased my first white German Shepherd for my father. He turned out to be the biggest blessing and best dog we have ever owned! Now I am looking for another for myself and my husband. Would love to reserve a male if possible?
You should know Blizzard is the most perfect dog we have ever owned!!!!!! Perfect straight back, strong legs and hips, beautiful face and sweet as can be! I would definitely be willing to wait for your next litter knowing that I would be getting a good blood line such as Blizzard's!
I've attached a few pictures for you to see. Believe it or not, I found my husband at the dog park. Blizzard and my husband's German Shepherd clicked first, and played cupid. We were married at the dog park where we met this past July with the dogs included!! Haha
Although Blizzard is my dad and brother's dog, and I don't live with him, Blizzard has always treated me differently. I think he knows I was the one who picked him up and brought him to the place he now calls home. We have a very special bond, and I have been taking him to the dog park almost every day since he was only 5 or 6 months old.
We're impressed of his knowledge already. You sure did a great job during his first two months!
He has an amazing character, is not nervous, he LOVES kids (and everybody actually). We could't have asked for a better dog.
He's very popular wherever we go. Oh! And it took a while but we found he's name: Kuma
Thanks again to you and your family.