Beau July 3rd, 2007
Well the “pup” is growing bigger everyday… where’s the little puppy I brought home?! He’s about 71 pounds now… amazing. Last time I weighed him he was only 57 pounds- I think at 7 months. He’s not going to get a lot bigger- his sire was about 85 pounds. The “English” style Labrador Retrievers tend to be smaller than the “American” type of labs, but also a little more blocky and full-bodied. He’s a charmer… and so full of energy now it’s incredible. I took a week off from training retrieves in the pond. Yesterday we started again when I launched a decoy across the pond. I didn’t intend for it to go that far- probably close to 100 yards. He charged right in and swam almost to the other side, picked it up, and swam all the way back. First time to swim that far! I wondered if he would see the shoreline a few yards away on the other side, and get out of the water- maybe even run back on land. But he didn’t even think about it… at least not yet! It’s not all cake and roses however… he’s getting more rambunctious, and testing me at every step. He listens and does pretty well overall, but I need to be more consistent with his obedience training. We have two other dogs, and when I let him run around he just goes nuts playing with them. It’s important for him to run and get the exercise though. My goals for the rest of the summer include dedicated training sessions with introducing decoys and multiple retrieves. If all goes well, I should be able to take him on his first duck hunt in late fall. He’s such a loving dog though, and very smart. He’s got me pretty well figured out!