Thursday, October 27, 2011

Phase Report

Halette is in phase 5 out of 8 for the second week in a row.

I hadn't been receiving phase reports for a few weeks but I should be able to keeping you up to date from now on.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Jonquil's Juice Extravaganza

So the title is a little bit of an exaggeration........

If you want to be specific, then this wasn't Jonquil's first outing. She has been to the vet a few times and Guide Dog meetings. Jon's even gone and visited Jarett's work on a training day. But it was the first real, little outing that she has been on with me. 

Jonquil's been fighting an upset stomach for a few weeks. Due to the uncertainty of when an episode may arise, socialization hasn't been happening. You can't have a puppy's stomach suddenly get upset  in the middle of the store. That is a BIG no-no. 

Since the last few days have been going well, I thought a short quick outing would be okay. So I decided to make a quick, but enjoyable, stop at Jamba Juice. 

It was small but she did great. Jonquil walked in and caught the attention of the workers who asked some great questions.  We helped clarify the proper greeting for a service dog, and then ordered and went to our little table. Jonquil slid herself under my chair. That was it. Sweet and short and oh, so good.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October's Monthly Meeting with Jonquil

It was a big night for Jonquil. Tonight was her first meeting with our GD puppy group. We arrived early and were the second people to show up. It was nice to get some one on one time with our group leader to ask some questions and get the updates.

Here is Jonquil

And this photo is a picture of her sister.

Jonquil met Raffi first and the CC'd Laser. She did wonderful and was respectful of the other dogs. Shortly after her first round with new dogs, her sister arrived. We let them play for a moment before everyone else showed up. It suddenly went from a small group to everyone showing up at once.

We didn't waste anytime and got right to work. The older dogs moved to another part of the building while Jonquil and her sister stayed for puppy class.

Puppy class is just going over calming exercises. We first put our thumb through the collar and lay the puppy down. With your thumb and hand you hold the pup to the ground. Some pups disagree for a short time but our little girls were comfortable enough to lay still. The point of this exercise is to get each puppy calm and used to handling they many experience when they are older at the vet or while getting groomed.

While the pup calmly lays down you take your free hand and lightly pet the pup down the back, eventually moving down to the legs.  Once the puppy is relaxed you can examine their ears, eyes and lastly their teeth.

Here I am inspecting at her paws. Tonight I learned that there is spot on 
the paws right above the large pad that if you rub can calm the puppy/dog.

Checking out her eyes.

Here I am massaging Jonquil's ear. 
There is a spot in the ear that relaxes the pup.

Getting Jonquil used to lifting her lip.

Massaging Jonquil's teeth

Eventually you move the dog to their most venerable position 
which is on their back, belly up. Both girls did great.

Once each group of dogs was done with obedience we moved on to the guessing name game! Now we knew Jonquil's name was unique and from what I had just heard, her sister's was just as unique.  So, instead of playing charades we played hangman. Somehow we guessed Jamayla's name first. Once they had filled in Jon__il some people figured out "Jonquil" and each winner received a prize.

Usually for October's meeting we work on distractions each PIT (puppy in training) may encounter during Halloween time. Decorations, odd moving electric hands, electric mice etc... The little pups stayed clear and watched for a distance while the big dogs walked around a course.

Then we went over the business part of our meeting and upcoming outings, which unfortunately, Jonquil is too young to attend. I am bummed about that since this month's is the bus ride to the mall for a scavenger hunt, which is one of my favorites. :/

Jonquil upside down on her back with her ears flapped straight out.

Jonquil is on the left and Jamayla's on the right.

We had a little more time to socialize and chat with Jamayla's raisers. It seems that Jamayla is right along with Jonquil about behaving in their kennels and both have an opinion on things. We joked about how much they looked alike, and that Jamayla would keep her jacket on so we didn't mix them up. I mean, they were the same size, color,... everything. It will be fun to watch them grow together.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jonquil's First Vet Appointment

We had Jonquil's 12 week vet appointment today. She checked out A-Okay, weighting in at a whopping 22.6 pounds at 12 WEEKS old! 

 She was a little wiggly while we held her in the waiting room, but we had to wait quite a while since they squeezed us in.

Jonquil took to the exam table like she had no idea she was 3 feet off the ground. At one point Jonquil even fell asleep. The vet and everyone commented on how well she behaved and what good looks she has. She hardly noticed the shot and was rather calm when other dogs came in and out of the room. 

Tomorrow is another BIG day for this little girl (or should I say big girl?) We are looking forward to her reuniting with her sister Miss "J" at our monthly meeting and we get her jacket!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

First Week with Jonquil

We've had Jonquil for a week now and it is amazing how puppy raising is like riding a bike.
I feel like it has been forever since a puppy ran my schedule, I guess it's really only been a year, but it seems like forever. It also feels like we've had Jonquil for months. For the most part she has our daily rhythm down, likes the crate, has started to dislike her tie-down, loves her nylabones, tug toy, and puppy chews as well as her leash. She has done pretty extraordinary with her potty training (not saying she has this down perfect). She still barks to the other dogs to play or to get attention from me or Jarett.

I feel like we are behind in socializing because she came to us at 11 weeks old. I am really surprised how much this little lady notices. On monday she gets her next set of shots. I am excited for Jonquil's first meeting on Tuesday. She will  be receiving her jacket so I can get this ball rolling!

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I along with Jarett have raised 6 guide dog pups. We are currently raising pup # 7. These are our stories, our adventures, our experiences. Please follow us and watch our pups grow into their paws and from jacket into harness. Feel free to leave a comment. We enjoy hearing what you have to say.