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Core strength, handling, & muzzle

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A few sessions from today covering some core strengthening exercises, handling exercises and muzzle training progress.

Release and retrieve

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Here is some video of the “release” cue (drop it) practice and some retrieve practice.

We’re also working on getting his nails filed, but I barely have enough hands to do that and deliver treats. The counter where I’m working isn’t big enough to set the phone on the tiny tripod and my camera (with the full size tripod) needs a new camera card. So no video for now.

It’s been going slow, but after some practice with his front feet, I was able to get one back foot done while my husband held a bully stick for Voodoo. I got all his nails trimmed early last week when he was really tired and mostly slept through it 🙂 But they are getting long again so we’re going to do a little at a time each day. I know patience and practice now will pay off for his entire life. But I’m wishing I had started on it earlier.

Some bad storms rolled through, and Voodoo slept through them. Yea!!

He got an ice cube that Dazzle dropped and had a blast pawing and biting at it and carrying it around and rolling on it. Tried to get video, but it didn’t turn out very well.

He and Dazzle have been having short bouts of play. But Dazzle is kind of like a cat in that it’s all friendly till he decides he’s done and then he snarks.  Not bad, but it’s seemingly without warning like a cat enjoying a good scratch that suddenly nails you with teeth and claws. Voodoo is still being very respectful and will back off when Dazzle tell him to back off.  Hopefully he will start to pick up on dazzle’s subtle signals that I’m missing so he can back off before Dazzle barks.

Going well

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We have been practicing stuff, but I haven’t been getting video (bad mommy). I’ll try to do better, but his training is going very well! We’ve been working on retrieve, walking on leash, sit/down/stand, sit target, nail trims and more.

Here are a few photos to hold you over 🙂

Extra relaxed in his crate. He whines, flops, moans and goes through so many positions to find the most uncomfortable looking position to sleep in. This one actually looks pretty comfortable compared to some that he gets in. Still sleeping through the night, though he seems to think 7 hours is enough. We took a nap together this afternoon 🙂

6-13-16 comfy Sm

“What?  I’m not chewing on the chair. I’m just resting my upper jaw here”

6-13-16 Im not chewing Sm

Puppy belly!

6-13-16 puppy belly Sm

Look who is on the same couch together!  Dazzle was up there first and he didn’t do anything but look when Voodoo climbed up and laid down next to him!

6-13-16 sitting together Sm

He found this sunny spot after his swim/dunk in the pool.

6-13-16 sun spot Sm

He’s not swimming in the big pool just yet, but he did copy Dazzle and climbed up on the pause table that is next to the pool and stretched over the side of the pool to get a drink!  I only put the most minimal amount of chlorine in the water to keep the algae out, so it’s safe to drink occasionally. When it’s really hot, I hold him in the water and let him mock swim just to cool off. I ordered some float vests (a small and a medium) that I found on deep discount, so hopefully they will help him love to swim in the pool.

In other news- he is starting to use the dog door on his own!  Mostly to come in at this point, but I’m taking him to the dog door each morning and usually when he needs to go out, so hopefully he will get the idea that he can go out whenever he wants to also.

He is getting better about staying in a crate when I’m present and when I’m not, though he did have a howl fest with Dazzle yesterday when I was cutting grass and I left him in a crate. He watched my neighbor cutting grass today and gave a few barks to his little white dog that was barking at him and Dazzle almost non-stop.

Wooden Food Puzzle

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Voodoo and the wooden puzzle toy:
The pegs on this wooden disk lift off while the other three parts have to slide to open. He has not seen this before. I was hoping it would keep him busy for several minutes, but I got less than 2 before it was empty!

Lightning Bugs

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Voodoo saw lightning bugs for the first time tonight.  And we had LOTS of them all over the yard!  He went out to potty, but got rather distracted by the little flashes of light flying near him. He stalked, chased and even caught a few.  But they must taste bad considering how fast he spit them out. 🙂

Italian Festival

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From 6-13-16

Voodoo did FANTASTIC at the Italian Festival today! It was really hot (near 90), so we mostly went from shady spot to shady spot. He got lots of practice with just chilling and watching the world go by. I kept him well hydrated and his fur wet. Rather than having him do a lot of walking or me having to hold him, I had him ride on my scooter (which also kept him from getting stepped on).

I got us there early, before it technically opened so that the crowds wouldn’t be as heavy. And we stopped a distance away from anything I thought might be scary so I could judge his reaction before we got close and I took video. He took all the strange sights, sounds and smells in stride. Like he saw the carnival rides and crowds all the time 🙂 The thing that most got his attention was the leaves blowing along the walkway! He about jumped off the scooter to get one. And when he did a potty stop, he picked up and carried a leaf with him till he was done, which got a couple “awwww, look at him” type comments.

He met LOTS of people including some police officers in uniform and almost met a guy all in silver, acting like a statue. But he would only wave at Voodoo, not make contact. Voodoo was ignoring him anyway 🙂

Food puzzle toy

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Playing with a new food dispensing toy from his Aunt Julie:

He definitely wasn’t gentle with it 🙂 I’ll need to try it on a solid surface and see if it will stay upright better.

Wrestling the stuffed dog

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Video from last night of Voodoo playing with the stuffed dog. He loves to wrestle with it and sleep on it. Till he notices me taking video 🙂

Lab Club Fun Day

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From June 11th: (Last one I’ll update for today, but this one has some excellent photos) 🙂

Voodoo had a BLAST at the Lab Cub’s Fun Day today.  He played for 3.5 hours straight!


And some of the photos I took:

(Click on any photo to make it bigger)

More Retrieves

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Some retrieve practice we did yesterday.

We have also been working on whistle recall, the sit target and laying on his side (which will progress to nail trimming) but I didn’t get those sessions on video. His recall is excellent, the sit target is still a work in progress but it seems like the light bulb was starting to come on near the end of the session. And the lay on your side is still in the very beginning stages.