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8/4 Lake Mills
8/12 CCSDA Training

January 11, 2012

Down Resistant

Last night we officially, unofficially began Cooper's transition to Mac and family. The family patriarch, Russ, attended session one of Teenager Class at the Dog Den to prepare for his role as pack leader. It was a brand new group of puppies, so our charge was highly distracted. Other canines trigger his crying game and he exhibited a higher than usual Down Resistance. Russ worked through it and eventually Cooper quickened his response.

Just to be clear, Cooper is no where near ready for placement. He still has a lot of work to do in order to pass the Canine Good Citizen and Public Access tests. Our plan is to engage his future family in the training process to establish a bond and facilitate the transition. There is a huge risk in employing this approach; if an issue develops, we could all get our hearts broken. All we can do is keep working hard, cross your fingers, and pray.

We would like to thank Griff for the picture of Cooper that decorates our refrigerator.


Lexy said...

Hi Jeff!
Russ had so much fun! Can't wait to see you all this week!

Griff loves having his art work adorn refrigerators!! Thanks for posting!!

Cooper's busy social calendar cracks me up!! :)

Marlene said...

What a nice pic of Cooper, well done Griff :)