Arrival Story: Hi! My name is Northern Lights Kenai Penninsula and I'm not even born yet! I'm a flat coated retriever and I'm due to be born on May 21st 2009!
Bio: My Father was imported to the US from Denmark. His name is Ch Huntlover's Jumping Star Of Bristol and My Mom is a US bred liver colored Flat Coated Retriever named Ch Flashback Crazy For Loving You.
My human Mom & Dad are eagerly anticipating my arrival though they won't know whether I'm a boy or girl, black or liver colored until very shortly before Dad drives out from Wisconsin to Washington state to get me and bring me home!
I'm going to be their very first show puppy, I'm going to learn to hunt, and I'm going to learn obedience and compete in all of these events as long as Mom & Dad know that I'm having fun and enjoying my life!
Northern Lights Flatcoated Retrievers is requesting that all pups are named with an "Alaska" theme so Mom & Dad chose one of the suggested names "Northern Lights Kenai Penninsula". Dad had looked up the word "Kenai" and in the Dena'ina Athabascan Indian language (natives of Alaska) it loosely translates to "Big Flat". Since a Flat Coated Retriever is what I am going to be, he thought that was a great name for me! Mom loves it too!
Mom & Dad are reading the book Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar. This is a free book available online just click on the name if you'd like to read it too.
They also have the book After You Get Your Puppy which you have to purchase. They're also in the process of reading that book as well.
I haven't updated my diary in awhile. I've been going to quite a few dog shows over the year. So far I have 7 points and 1 major! That makes me about half way toward my championship.
This weekend I took Winner's Dog on Saturday for a point and on Sunday I took Best of Winners for two points. :)
Dad and I are working on Rally O, we did two trials this weekend but clearly neither of us are ready and we NQ'd in both trials. So we're going to work on that all winter and hopefully by spring we'll be ready to trial again! We need to be over prepared to compensate for nerves!
Dad and I enrolled in agility! We had our first class and boy did we have fun! We learned five obstacles and almost all of the training was using the method called "Shaping". That's my favorite way to train! I get lots of treats an I get to use my brain trying to figure out what Dad wants from me that will earn me the next one! I would much rather learn like that than have them tell me what to do without explaining why first. I'd rather find out why on my own!
So we had a great time and Mom & Dad think I'm really smart! Mom posted a video of my first class and each obstacle as I learned them. We had a great time and can't wait until the next class!
This weekend March 5th & 6th I have a dog show to go to. Then the next day, Monday is agility! I'm a busy pup!!
Today I graduated from puppy 3 class at Proper Paws University where Me, Mom & Dad train. I had to perform all the elements of a CGC test and though I wouldn't have passed a test I got to learn what we need to work on. I am just WAY too friendly and I can't seem to stay seated when someone comes to greet me. I have to jump on them!! After all shouldn't they know how happy I am to see them?? And I want to play with other dogs not sit next to dad while they walk by... oh no! Not me!!
So... I guess that is where Mom & Dad need to focus. I'm good at loose leash walking, I'm good an pretty much all the other elements but I just have to learn some self control before I'm ready for that CGC test. We'll get there!
As for now, its fun to have passed another class. March 1st 2010 I start an agility foundations class!!! How fun is that???