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Boy it's been busy around here and I haven't been able to reply to posts or update anyone on what's been going on around here. I can't believe summer is almost over, but I'm ready to change things up and get the kids back to school as well as starting the other fall activities, and some cooler weather.

Timmy as done great with the transition between our home base and our shore house. I was worried about the potty department since most of the time he scratches at the back door at home to be let out and our shore house is a town home (no back door). Timmy's beach signal to be let out appears to be scratching on the cocktail table, go figure, but whatever works right? Lot's more walks at the beach then at home but he also gets to meet a lot of new dog/people friends. Just last night during out last potty break of the day we met a Havie friend named Rocky, he's also a black and white parti, they look very cute together. I told Pam, Rocky's mom, about the forum, which she joined since I got a PM from her. I told her to introduce herself and Rocky, we love pictures, right? There are a lot of Havanese at the beach, we've met quite a few, and then there are the others who ask if Timmy's a Shih tzu.

Timmy started his first advanced obedience class a few weeks ago. We have a new trainer, it's interesting to get a different angle after being taught by the same person for the past six months or so. Boy is this class hard! No more "sit", "down", or "stay" stuff. We're working on the three "D's", duration, distraction and distance. Timmy is by far the youngest in the class and most in the class are working towards their therapy test. I'm not sure what I want to do with my little guy yet, but I enjoy the classes. I had the hardest time with changing the side Timmy walks on, it's like a dance move and I kept getting tangled in his leash. The trainer said this command is helpful if you're walking with him and there's a dog approaching the other way and you want to change sides. I'm sure I've done this a thousand times before without thinking about it but there are two specific ways you should be doing it. I guess what I've been doing in the past doesn't look so pretty. We also need to work on some simpler stuff like "stand", which I knew since his groomer says he's always trying to sit down when she's working on him.

I hope everyone else had a good summer and that those in Ivan's path were spared any damage. Just think those of us in the cooler states will be posting snow pictures soon!

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We also need to work on some simpler stuff like "stand", which I knew since his groomer says he's always trying to sit down when she's working on him.
It's funny. Dogs who do conformation showing first have no problem with the stand, but sometimes it takes them a bit to learn the automatic sit while heeling. But for most of us who DON'T start with our dogs in the show ring, we teach sit as almost the very first behavior that we put on cue. For some dogs (like Kodi) this can become SO ingrained that getting (and maintaining!) a stand can be a very difficult concept. (good dogs SIT, don't they?") It took almost 9 months for me to get a RELIABLE stand/stay on cue with Kodi!

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This was a big problem for me with Misty she was shy so some unknown giant standing over her and putting their hands on her, Yiks! Khloe heels nicely but likes to do a pivot and give her profile to the judge. LOL. Hang in there and have fun with it Timmy and you both will get there.

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Hi Jen,
Happy to hear you and Timmy are both doing well. Hope to see you at the playdate in a few weeks!

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