Eight Weeks With Nimble

She’s 15 weeks old, and she weighed in at 15.45kg on the vet’s scale this morning, a 1.3kg gain on last week.
When we went to the vet for our weekly weigh-in, she had to practice her patience ‘coz we had to have our one cat, Twister, seen by the vet as well, and we had to wait because the vet was already busy with another dog.

Our car work has already improved her apparent fear of some overhead shadows. She still gives me the whale eye on occasion, but she’s no longer shying away from the window.
She’s now staying put in the footwell when I get out of the car, but as soon as I walk around to the passenger side she’s up on the seat! I do bench her, but to keep her off the seat I have to bench her with too short a lead to even move around.
*thinking* maybe I can bench her on a very short lead just before I get out the car…

She is SO clever! And such a live wire!
GDA has asked us to start preparing our pups for the possible use of a Gentle Leader, either during training or with their owner.

Eating her lunch with her practice-Gentle Leader, so that if she needs one during training, or with her owner, she will be used the wearing something on her face. She doesn’t like it, but she’s getting used to wearing it for short periods of time.

Puppy class this week was at a little, kiddies farmyard, so the puppies could meet sheep, goats, donkeys, ducks, bunnies, chickens and so on. Many Guide Dogs go to work in rural areas and they can’t be spooked by animals. Nimble was a little nervous of the big animals at first, but with treats and praise she was sniffing them very quickly. Then the pups had time for a game of wrestle-and-chase as Labs love to do, and all went home filthy and exhausted.
In the evening, we went along with a GDA representative to a golf day prize giving and dinner, where SA Guide-dogs was a beneficiary. Nimble got lots of attention, and got to experience a few new things – a big eagle statue in a fountain, people carrying golf bags, golf carts, and a HUGE open space.

The ducks didn’t want to say hello…

Puppy Development Supervisor Ane helped with Nimble while I took photos.

Bored by the bunnies… 😛

Labrador wrestle-and-chase 😛

On the balcony of the Eagle Canyon Golf Club.

Speeches and auctions and prizes and lucky draws… So much applause and noise!

Using the puppy bag as a pillow at the dinner.

Being cute!

And now, for your enjoyment, here is some Nimble cuteness!


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Posted on August 25, 2015, in behavioural conditioning, GDApupNimble, puppies, Puppy Raising, SA Guide-dogs, training. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Eight Weeks With Nimble.

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