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Born on Friday 26 April 2019 to mom Zebula and dad Vito (AI, USA stud dog), yellow Labrador Chuck has six “c” litter siblings, 4 yellow brothers, 1 yellow sister, and 2 black sisters.
We fetched him from GDA on Thursday 27 June 2019 when he was 9 weeks old, and we named Chuck after the Chuck Bartowski character of the TV show “Chuck”, played by Zachary Levi.

A Year With Chuck

Chuck is now 14 months old, and he has been with us for a whole year!

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The changes in how he handles his training are clear – he’s so grown up and focused.
He still loves nothing more than to cuddle on the floor with me, and he’s wonderfully affectionate and loving. A handling session on the floor will inevitably turn into a nap for Chuck. ❤

During lockdown, from late March to late June, we didn’t go anywhere at all, working on obedience, loose leash walking, and behavioural work at home, using puzzle toys, obstacle courses made of improvised items from in and around the house, and Zoom classes with our Puppy Raising Supervisor.


He knows all his obedience cues – SIT, DOWN, STOP, STAY, and STAND, and now that the lockdown restrictions have eased we have been able to start going out shopping and working in public places again. What the lockdown did affect is Chuck’s getting distracted by dogs and people, so we’re focusing on that now. People having to maintain a distance in the shops has helped with that! 🙂

Chuck had his 12 month x-rays at 13 months old (OP was also on a type of lockdown) and he has been cleared as healthy with no hip or elbow issues. I must be honest in that I was a little worried because he’s such a big chunky dog! He was also neutered just before the Christmas break, so physically, he is ready for training! He has now moved from the Vet’s Choice Large Breed kibble to a new sponsored food – Olympic, also for the larger dogs, and he’s looking amazing after GDA told me he had to lose at least three kilos. You woulda never said he was overweight to look at him, but I realised you had to push quite hard to find a rib when he was 44.6kg at 12 months old. 😛 He’s now 42.4kg at 14 months, with about 2kg to go.
GDA starts their dogs’ formal training at between 14 and 16 months old, so Chuck will have an “intake day” some time in the next weeks – but because of the Corona lockdown, all the usual schedules are a bit up in the air. 😛

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Twenty Eight Weeks With Chuck #GDApupChuck

Chuck is 37 weeks old!

Last Friday, Chuck weighed 37.8kg, and he’s now quite comfortable with his weekly visit to our vet to get on the scale, walk around the vet’s reception, and – if there are no patients – check out the examination room.

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Our weekly puppy classes with Chuck’s littermates are now complete, and our last open puppy class for 2019, with older GDA pups, was at a park, a nice relaxed walk around the perimeter and a free run for the dogs, which included splashing in some black mud! Our puppy classes with his litter mates included a trip on the Gautrain, a visit to Montecasino’s bird park, the Gardens of St Christopher, the Lipizzaners, gg’s Café, and classes at GDA.

On our own walks and outings we’ve visited a number of different shopping centres and malls, doctor’s rooms, the optometrist, gone shopping all over the place, and he confidently responds to SIT, DOWN, LET’S GO, DROP IT, TOUCH, and STAND, and we continue to work on LOOSE LEASH WALKING all the time.

Chuck LOVES going on an outing of any kind! He loves riding in the car, especially with a frozen water bottle or the aircon on full blast, typically going to sleep as soon as the car starts moving. 🙂

And just ‘coz he’s so gorgeous, here are some more pictures of our Chuck!

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Twelve Weeks With Chuck #GDApupChuck

Chuck is 21 weeks old!

Last Friday, Chuck weighed 26.3kg, and he’s getting very used to his weekly visit to our vet to get on the scale.
While we’re there, we walk around the vet’s reception, and if there are no patients yet we check out the examination room too. The sounds and smells at a vet can be very strange and frightening for a puppy, so visiting often with lots of treats and creating a positive association is important for a working dog.

Our last puppy class was at BVH – the pups had blood drawn to do titre tests, but they also practised being in close proximity to each other in the reception area. GDA pups frequently visit the vet as part of their socialisation, to give them a positive association with a place that smells and sounds scary, and strange. They get treats from the vet too, and when Chuck was done having blood drawn he asked the vet for more cookies, so he wasn’t bothered by the experience at all! 😀

Chuck confidently responds to SIT, DOWN, LET’S GO, DROP IT, TOUCH, and we’re working on STAND and LOOSE LEASH WALKING. We go on regular outings, and classes with his siblings include the GDA doggy obstacle course, spending time in GDA’s kennels, and just sitting watching cars and people go by.

Chuck’s baby canine teeth have fallen out, and his “big boy” canines are growing fast, but there’s nothing holding his tongue in place at the moment and his tongue lolls all over the place!

And just ‘coz he’s so gorgeous, here are some more pictures of our Chuck!

Chuck loves his food! He’s really easy to train, and he loves jumping into the car when we’re heading out and about!

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Meet Guide Dog Puppy Chuck #GDApupChuck

Chuck was born on Friday 26 April 2019 to mom Zebula and dad Vito (AI, USA stud dog). He’s a yellow Labrador with six “C” litter siblings – 4 yellow brothers, 1 yellow sister, and 2 black sisters.


We fetched him from GDA on Thursday 27 June 2019 when he was 9 weeks old, and we named him after the “Chuck Bartowski” character of the TV show “Chuck”, played by Zachary Levi – continuing our trend to try and name our pups after movie or TV characters 🙂

At 10 weeks old, Chuck weighed a whopping 10.4kg – by far our biggest puppy ever! He has huge feet and long ears, the tips of which are always dirty because they hang in his food and water bowls! 😛

 

Baby Chuck has slept through for 2 nights now, 10pm to about 5am, and thats pretty cool! He is sleeping in a dog bed next to me, as his “big brother” Jake is still sleeping in the crate, and most mornings he goes back to sleep for an hour after having a busy!


He already knows SIT, he’s quickly learning DROP IT, and we’re working on DOWN. He goes to the door to ask to go outside, he’s learning to sit quietly in order to be given his food bowl at meal times, and he LOVES his food, which makes him really easy to train!

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