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needastrongone Mon 13-May-13 20:52:39

Our 7 month old Springer passed his KC bronze award at the weekend. With flying colours. They mocked up the silver award test for him too afterwards and he passed this too.

After many many hours of work by all of our family but especially myself and DH, we have a fantastic, well behaved dog, who wins over everyone he meets as he's such a softie!!

Sorry, had a wine, been browsing this section tonight about recall and jumping etc etc and just feel proud of him really! And lucky.

Ps - always always put him on lead if another dog on lead approaches but he does that circling, stopping, glancing away thing anyway and has started ignoring most dogs anyway after a quick sniff unless they clearly want to play.

However I have to say I never realised just how much work getting to this stage is and would have thought twice had I really appreciated this, much as I love and adore him and wouldn't swap him for the world.

Can you tell I have had a wine? smile

fanoftheinvisibleman Mon 13-May-13 21:25:26

Aww well done both of you smile

RedwingWinter Mon 13-May-13 21:31:45

That is fantastic! Congratulations, and very well done.

needastrongone Mon 13-May-13 21:39:05

Thank you! I know the Silver isn't that much different to the Bronze really so the trainer has suggested a training course that has a massive emphasis on off lead work but, for the life of me, I can't remember the name of this one.

Really love the training, dogs just love to please don't they?

And they also love liver.... which helps a lot I find smile

Scuttlebutter Mon 13-May-13 21:40:16

Brilliant!! Well done.

RedwingWinter Mon 13-May-13 22:14:07

Yes, dogs definitely love to please when the end result is liver!! smile

PariahHairy Mon 13-May-13 23:17:41

Well done, I have no idea what the award is but you deserve it grin.

We have a puppy atm who doesn't appear to be super bright bless him. He does have good recall though, because atm he is such a wuss he never strays far lol. Although dp let him off lead in a local field and he buggered off and ran the whole way back home hmm.

He adores me for some bizarre reason, and like my children will not let me even have a wee in peace ffs.

needastrongone Tue 14-May-13 07:28:54

Pariah - thanks smile Our puppy has always been wuss too and the breeder told us to let him off lead asap, while he was too scared to leave our side. It works lol!

Puppy adores me too, he sort of watches me wherever I go. Won't play with toys etc, just watches me then plonks himself down at my feet. Rather like a stalker with 4 legs smile

The trainer and others say this is good....he's waiting for his next command...he doesn't do anything without my say so... wish the kids were like this!

How old is your puppy?

ILikeToClean Tue 14-May-13 14:36:50

Congrats! I know how hard you've worked on training so glad it's paid off! Our pup is now 15 weeks and fantastic indoors and on walks as long as no other dogs or people around! As soon as sees anyone or especially a dog, he gets sooo excited that we can't do a thing with him, no chance of him being off-lead ATM unless there's nobody around, BUT every day is slightly better so maybe one day he'll go for his bronze! At puppy training he thinks he's there to play and has no interest in training hmm so not a true reflection of how super he is at home! One day.....I strive for him to be as brilliant as needastrongpup!! Well done!!

needastrongone Tue 14-May-13 16:45:43

Thank you!

But that's what it was like with needastrongpup! He was great indoors and when nobody was around but forgot everything when you added in significant distractions. Slowly, slowly this has improved, with a few bumps along the way. I am more confident too I guess.

I find I am no longer tense when in a very busy area and puppy is off lead. I know he won't jump up or run off.

How's the cleaning going? smile

ILikeToClean Tue 14-May-13 17:33:01

Doesn't help when the lady at puppy training refers to him as "very high energy" and says he's "not an easy dog"! Completely untrue! He is totally chilled out and been really easy, just when he's there with the 2 other pups he thinks why should he train when they can all play (which she lets them do at the beginning, so of course he then wants to carry on!). I'm not too worried as I think this is all normal puppy behaviour and he will calm down, as is shown little by little each day, and reinforced by others such as yourself saying their pups were the same!

As for the cleaning, it's not too bad! Daily hoovering and steaming in the main rooms and opening of windows, but not too much more than I did before!! grin

ThunderboltKid Tue 14-May-13 18:25:30

Congrats...but don't boast in public too much.

At 7 months our springer had been promoted upto the advanced class and was working towards gold...roll on adolescence and it all goes to pot!

She's now 20 months and we're just starting to regain full control again grin

needastrongone Tue 14-May-13 20:28:32

Mmmmm..... Teenage years.

Don't shatter the bubble just yet smile

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