We went to training today and it went really well. The only hiccup is that Seppel is not 100% reliable about going around all the blinds. He will do 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. He's been trying to skip 2 lately and also has taken 4 a bit wide looking for Ryan. We are trying to teach him that he gets the bite AFTER he goes around all 6 blinds. He knows what he needs to do, he's just lazy.
We have been going to training since August of 2012. I never thought that one day I could send him around a blind and that I would be able to then send him to ANOTHER one. He can be so one track minded that I just never thought it possible. It is so weird how over time things have developed. It is crazy to look back at videos and see him warbling and leaping at a fence to get Ryan - totally unwilling to bark, where now he will bark without issue and occasionally comes flying in with attitude and wants to get a bite even though it isn't time! He knows enough to do all three IPO routines, and definitely has the IPO I down no problem.
When I got Seppel I thought I was just going to feed him and let him live out his days... I never thought we would do something beyond maybe some OB. That first time taking him up to Washington I felt so lucky and amazed at his willingness to work. I know he had never previously seen a bite sleeve and to see him light up when he saw it was amazing. Pictured below is his first bite:
|Pic Belongs to Diane Jessup|
ALSO in HUGE news, we get to join the Salem IPO club!!!!
I am SOOOOOOOO excited about this. Gotta start scheduling regular tracking days so we aren't total newbs when we join the club. I am also hoping to pick up some good OB tips in training as well. They meet Tuesdays and Saturdays, I can make it every other saturday and I am hoping maybe we can do every other tuesday also. We will see. I still have to fill out paperwork, but I am SOOOOO excited!!!!