Manchego - 2
Satchmo - 6
This week we met downtown on Basque Block to work in the lovely weather on some food distraction! We worked with dropped kibble, placed kibble, and walking over kibble all with the smell of paella and the sounds of Basque music in the air. The dogs were great and focused even in the high sensory environment.
Two things of note from last night's meeting:
1) We were joined by Tom, his wife (Andrea), and his working guide (Dynamo). They just moved to the area from California and are very excited to be an active part of our Puppy Raising experience!
2) Last night was Manchego's last meeting with us!! He and Rachel are headed home to Washington on Sunday. Rachel has been a great part of our club while she's been here and we will miss her a lot. Happy trails to you, Manchego, and Kimmy!
This weekend I had the pleasure of heading to the Oregon campus for a Leader's Meeting. Manchego was my travel companion for the weekend and he got a bunch of fun, Portland/Gresham experiences! We had a bunch of fun getting together with other leaders from the area and doing a four hour workshop with our new CFR, Linda, as well as Pat Cook.
The whole meeting was about the Puppy Raising department moving more and more in a positive training direction and we learned a lot of new techniques! The things that we learned aren't being rolled out for all raisers just yet, but I'm very excited to get started with practicing so that, when the time comes, I'll have experience behind me to teach you all these cool new training methods.
One thing that I will tell you is that Paw Pads are hugely important moving forward! Keep working on your Paw Pad Games 1 & 2 with your pups (especially when you get new babies) and check out our Facebook page for my examples of updated Paw Pads.
This week we worked on "Stay" with our pups. Remember, the key to success is not being afraid to praise your pup when they are doing the right thing!
Some important announcements were also shared:
- From now on, if you need extra Heartguard, you will need to contact the vet and order it through them.
- We need a raiser home with a large, totally fenced yard for the evening of June 19. Let me know if you can help us out!
- We discussed the use of some club funds to reserve a picnic shelter for a picnic on July 6th where we will be inviting Career Changed dogs from around the valley. It proves to be a good time!
We've received word that the lovely Declan has been placed as a K-9 Buddy in San Francisco! The K-9 Buddy program with Guide Dogs for the Blind is a great opportunity for children with visual impairments who are not old enough to have a working guide to be matched with a dog who will help prepare them for the responsibility of dog ownership while, at the same time, helping them with companionship and self-confidence. We are thrilled that Declan has been given the chance to change the life of a young person in this way.
This week we had an outing to PoJo's! Our pups worked on focus in a loud, busy arcade setting while our raisers got a chance to play some games and have fun.
This week we met outside the Eagle Public Library and we worked on some obedience commands. The main focus was how to introduce the "Stand" command and how to show our pups to go from one position to another. Our raisers swapped pups between them and we worked on puppies staying in position while another raiser with pup was walking amongst them.
Since the last update, wonderful things have happened!
Anders is graduating as a working Guide Dog for the Blind!
He will be going to the east coast for in home training, so there will be no graduation ceremony, but all of the raisers involved in raising this boy should be proud!
Anders was kind of a club project. Kate started him, then he went to Alina, then to Beth and Diane and, finally, to Morgan and Tricia. As I said, he was a club project.
This is just one example of how Mission: Pawsible raisers go above and beyond when it comes to working together as a team to accomplish a goal.
Congrats to Anders and congrats to all of his raisers as well!