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.
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
Well done, I have no idea what the award is but you deserve it .
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 .
He adores me for some bizarre reason, and like my children will not let me even have a wee in peace ffs.
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 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!!
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.
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!!