Nicknames: Copee, Copes, Shum, Ogoshum, Tummy, Tummy Shummy, Podine, BoBoGoshums, and about a thousand other nicknames that I have no idea how he received, lol!
Gotcha Date: November 12th 2008
Birthday: September 7th 2008
Likes: Being with his mommy, chewing on raw bones
Pet-Peeves: Babies crying, people in his personal space, and his arch nemesis, the vacuum cleaner!
Favorite Toy: His rubber squeaky frog
Favorite Food: Raw food/Whole Prey and VitaLife Duck Tender Treats, oh and bacon from the drive through window at McDonalds lol
Favorite Walk: Through the woods at Laumier Sculpture Park
Best Tricks: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Wait, Go to Bed, Go Potty, Bin, Load Up, Roll Out, Rollover, Spin, Crawl, Jump, Dance, Shake, High Five, Gimmie Ten, Praire Dog, Leave it, Drop it, Up, Off, Okay, Kiss, Enough, Place, Bow, and Wave
Arrival Story: I was looking for a Papillon and had applied to adopt from a Papillon rescue but my application was declined. I had no idea why. I was a pre-vet student, who worked in a vet clinic and would be bringing my new pap to work with me. I planned to feed a healthy, natural diet, and was a caring, responsible pet owner with good vet references. Anywho, I saw an add on craigslist for a papillon for adoption. He was 9 weeks old and needed a new home. Copernicus was given as a gift to a woman by her boss. He was a suprise. This woman didn't want or have the time for a dog, so she found him a new home. I drove all the way to Windyville, MO from my home in St. Louis to go and get him. I brought him home and he's been my best buddy ever since. :)
Bio: Copernicus is a raw fed dog. I have raised him on a raw diet since he was 9 weeks old. He is now 3 years old. As he's gotten older, I've become a little more flexible about his diet. I am now allowing him to have occasional home cooked meals, and table scraps in addition to his raw diet.
For the first 2 years of his life, Copernicus accompanied me every night I went to work (as a receptionist in a vet clinic). I also would take him with me every where I go. I now work at an all natural pet food store on the weekends and as a vet assistant in a different hospital. Copernicus still accompanies me to work every day. I can't imagine not having him by my side.
Copernicus is a very bright dog, who knows a wide variety of tricks. I am hoping to compete with him in competitive AKC obedience, AKC tracking, and now that the AKC allows it for non-sighthounds breeds, lure coursing! I originally had high hopes for Copee as my first agility dog, but having double knee surgery at the tender age of 11 months for bi-lateral medial luxating patellas kind of crushed that dream. His joints are fine now, but I dint want to risk damaging them.
. Copernicus is active and loves to be outdoors. He greatly enjoys going to the park and going on hikes through the woods while wearing his backpack. He has accompanied me on vacation to the Grand Canyon and has even hiked 3,500 feet up in only 4 miles up the side of a mountain! Humphrie's peak in Flagstaff, AZ.
Copernicus is a bit wary of strangers, which really saddens me. He is my first dog and I really thought I did a good job socializing him. But I guess not. He most likely never be the pet therapy dog I was hoping to make him. Regardless I love him and cherish him and can't imagine my life without him. He is my best friend.
Tomorrow Copee and I start on an exciting new journey! We begin our first Pre-Trial Novice Obedience Class! It's been a long time coming, and I am very excited to prepare for our first trial! I have dreamed of training for competition obedience with Copee since before I ever got him as a 9 week old pup. He is 2.5 years old now. Due to time, money, and other constraints, we were unable to train and compete, but now things are different and I can't wait to get started!
We have been working on the items that will be covered in the novice obedience trial at home, but it will be good to get some outside instruction in a group setting. My first goal is to get Copee his three legs at the novice level so he can get his first title, CD (Companion Dog-Novice level obedience). My plan is to complete this six week course (with list of in-home practice in between sessions), then do a practice trial (show and go), and enter our first competition in April!
Here is some info on the CD title from http://www.canismajor.com/dog/cdtitle.html
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The first in a progression of obedience titles awarded by the American Kennel Club is the Companion dog title. When a dog has achieved this title, his owner can place the letters CD after his registered name.
To earn a CD, the dog must score at least 170 out of a possible 200 points, must get at least half the points awarded for each exercise, and must do so under three separate judges at three separate shows. Each qualifying score is called a leg, so three legs equals a title.
Obedience trial classes are divided into sections A and B. Dogs working towards a CD compete at the Novice level. Novice A is for owners who have never owned or co-owned a dog that has earned a CD. Once a person owns or co-owns any CD dog (or if he is handling a dog owned by someone else) he must enter Novice B.
Novice classes consist of six exercises worth a total of 200 points. Each handler and dog team enters the ring with 200 points; the judge then deducts points based on errors made by either the dog or the handler. A zero is scored if the dog fouls the ring or leaves the handler.
The first exercise is the “heel on leash and figure eight” worth 40 points. The rules require that the dog walk, on a loose leash, with the area between the dog's head and shoulders in line with the handler's left hip. The dog must remain in position as the handler goes fast, slow, left, and right and executes the figure eight on the judge's commands. Each time the judge says “halt,” the dog must sit straight by the handler's side. A zero is scored if the dog is unmanageable.
The second exercise is the “stand for examination,” worth 30 points. The dog must stand in position and stay while being examined by the judge while the handler stands six feet away. A zero is scored if the dog moves away or shows shyness or resentment, growls, snaps, or sits.
The third exercise is the “heel free,” which is 40 points. This exercise is performed and scored the same as the “heel on leash” except that the dog is off-leash and there is no figure eight.
Exercise four is the “recall,” worth 30 points. The dog must sit and stay where left by the handler until it is called, then go directly to the handler and sit in front. A zero is scored if the dog does not stay, does not come on the first call, or does not sit close enough for the handler to reach the its head. The dog must then return to heel position on command, either by walking around the handler or swinging into place.
Exercise five and six are done as a group. The “long sit” is for one minute; the “long down” for three minutes, both done off-leash with the handler standing across the ring. A zero is scored if the dog moves away from its place, visits another dog, or repeatedly barks or whines.