Thought I'd update you all - I picked up Rio a little over two weeks ago. He is a stellar puppy and I'm having a blast with him. He has been exposed to a lot already in his young life including - three airports, two plane rides, water, ducks, handling class and rally run-thrus (as an observer), horses, lots of people, lots of dogs (only gets to interact with a couple that I trust), hunt club training, and to our field trial training grounds. He travels really well in the car and tolerates his crate at home.
He's super smart and picks up on things incredibly quickly. He's very food motivated and works for his kibble most of the time. At home he is a wild man, but in new environments he is a silent observer, which I think is fantastic. He's definitely more vocal than my other two, but its mainly when he's playing or if he thinks he's being unfairly crated lol!
For now we are following Connie Cleveland's performance puppy primer and Jackie Merten's Sound Beginnings. I thought it was awesome that the puppy Connie uses in these videos is the same Nate that competed at the NARC last week.
We started puppy training last night at a place my friend teaches at. She knows we are ahead of the game and lets me work on whatever I want and just use the high distraction environment.
He's a big boy too, I thought I'd be getting a smaller field dog but he is tracking with Fisher's growth as a puppy and he ended up at 73lbs. Lastly, he's super handsome