Today we had a puppy meeting, but I'm short on time today so I'll talk about that later. On to the question- so, after the meeting I was walking Don through the outdoor shopping mall when I noticed another Guide Dog pup (from the Contra Costa club, headed to a GDB graduation). His name was Avis. We talked for a bit and Don was very excited. Then, Don BARKED! I've only heard him bark once, when he was 8 wks old. He just let out one, loud, bark then stopped. But now I'm really worried. Is this going to develop into a problem? What should I do if he does it again? I've been walking him by the dog park lately, where a lot of dogs bark, is this a bad influence? Any advice would be much appreciated.
We practiced go to bed today at the meeting, but Don was too distracted by the smells and other dogs. Our puppy club has gotten REALLY big, new puppies and raisers seem to be flooding in. Today, we welcomed Nougat (who actually is nougat colored), Honeydew (love the name!), and Janet (an adorable black lab starter pup). There were also a couple of CCI dogs and GDB breeders. There was one person there, I am blanking on her name at the moment, but she was fostering a very cute black lab pup about 9 wks old. The puppy was headed for a service dog organization in Canada. She said that she was a breeder keeper to a dog named Holly, and I recognized this name from one of the blogs I follow. Not sure though. Has anyone heard of Holly?
Sorry I don't have any pictures of the meeting, but here are a couple of Digby, a dog that just went back to Guide Dogs for formal training. I puppy sat him when he was 10 wks old. He has such a soft personality and when he's happy he wiggles his whole body and wags his tail so hard it slaps him in the face.
Digby at 10 wks. He's a golden/lab mix, though you can't really tell in this photo. When he got older though, he got this beautiful long coat and golden retriever like ears. He was one of the puppies in the home litter that my leader had. The mom was Petal. Go Digby- I'm sure he'll do great in training.