He's a pretty boy, Tippy<: Sounds like you'll be doing trials this summer?
We did sensible pet-dog training today...
I'm dealing with bronchitis (just in time for Christmas!) that better not go to my lungs! So needless to say I'm short on energy and still have to get a lot done for Christmas!
Bertie has black and blue gums and is VERY chewy right now. The sad thing is when I tell them to "go settle", Jacks immediately listens and tries to lay down and be quiet... but pup is climbing all over him and biting and chewing and pulling at fur.
Putting up the baby gate doesn't work because I don't trust Bertie out of my sight. And then Jacks refuses to leave my side in the evening, especially when I'm sick.
I had enough and pulled out the big wire crate and put Bertie in. He's been crated in his little plastic crate in the car, but never at home or in the big 42" crate. I put the crate right next to my chair so he was close by, but still he's never been in there before.
He was outraged, but settled down nicely in there when I completely ignored his squawlling.
Later on just so he didn't connect the crate with being locked away while I snoozed with Jacks sprawling all over my feet - I played a few "go crate" games with the door open. My opportunist Jacks was diving into the crate and planting himself so he'd get treats. I fed pups in there (door open) and tossed some ice cubes in there too for him to eat. <- So positive reinforcement after his imprisonment earlier.
Then later on I pulled out the scissors and toenail clippers and did feet on both dogs. I stand by my belief that when they don't snip dewclaws off, the dogs don't fight the clippers. That, and when you talk about those foot-tests where they pinch the puppy's feet to gauge the level of sensitivity? Or something like that? You can pinch Bertie's feet all you want and he doesn't care.
I still gave treats after every 2-3 toenails just so he knows this is all positive.