Thinking of Dutch this holiday season. Wasn't he a cutie-pie?
ONE AND ALL!
|FLD Dutch, December 2012.|
|Lisette and Marise have fun with the dog toys, too. Gus loves hanging out with them.|
Dutch has passed his vet physical and has been neutered. He has been doing well with his playmates and has been spending time with our dogcare and volunteer team members. One stated that he likes to roll around on his back & stretch and is very talkative. I have attached some pictures of Dutch spending time in the enrichment room with one of our volunteers. He is quite gorgeous; takes great pictures! Hope you enjoy!
Dutch is also scheduled to start phase 1 training on Monday, Nov. 25th.
Thank you for your hard work, time, & dedication to raising Dutch for Leader Dogs for the Blind!
Have a great day!
|FLD Dutch and I pose at the entrance to the Leader Dogs for the Blind kennel on return day.|
|Dutch in the intake room.|
|Dutch's new tag sporting his "dog" number.|
|Leader Dog in-training Dutch relaxes while I finish up some paperwork.|
|One Amber-puppy, just opening his eyes at two-weeks of age.|
|The Chippewa puppy-raisers in August 2013 with their four puppies and FLD Dutch and FLD Harper.|
|My sweet-heart and our pups. Cc'd Gus is on his lap and our old mutt, Gypsy is next to him. FLD Dutch is at his feet. No tissue bits to be found!|
|Cc'd Gus still likes to ride on the passenger seat floor. It's a squeeze.|
|Here is Dutch, in the same spot in the van, when he first came home with us last November.|
|FLD Dutch relaxes on his mat at the dinner under the big tent.|
|FLD Dutch wishes his mom, Indy, a very happy day!|
|FLD Dutch at work with his 2nd-graders.|
|Guster-buster rocket pup!|
|FLD Dutch sniffs out some fungi on an old log. Those aren't morels!|
|Stephanie holds up a nice morel. Her mom, Fran is on the left with her onion bag, and Lilly is to the right. Lilly is an eagle-eyed morel hunter!|
|My first two were a pair!|
|This one stuck out like a sore thumb! (sorry)|
|Here's some perspective for you on its size.|
|A yellow trout lily.|
|Deer-doo hunter* FLD Dutch looks at the camera. "What?" he seems to be saying.|
I was part of a team of over 40 volunteer puppy counselors that act as liaisons between the 450 volunteer puppy raisers and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Our responsibilities are to assist the raisers in the training of their puppies and to organize monthly outings to practice specific skills.This was our yearly training intensive to become better counselors. Deb Donnelly, the new Puppy Development Supervisor that Leader Dogs hired just over a year ago, is a Karen Pryor Academy certified clicker trainer, and she brings the same positive reinforcement techniques to her people training. Deb had asked us for specific issues that she could address during our three days. I was ready--I couldn't get Dutch to settle and suspected that my reinforcement timing was off.
|FLD Dutch looks up for a reward.|
|Here Dutch has turned around and is in his typical "settle" position--just before he vocalizes...|
|FLD Dutch anticipates the treat from Deb.|
|FLD Dutch has rolled over onto his side and is gazing across the room at me. Deb is relaxed and explaining lots of great things to us.|
|Gus approaches like he wants to herd me back onto my skis. I had taken them off so I could shoot a photo.|
|Dutch's pawprint in the last of the snow along the trail.|
|"Come on, keep up!" Dutch seemed to say as he looks back at me at the beginning of our hike.|
|The fishing dock on Grebe Lake.|
|Toward the end of our hike, Dutch looks back at me. What do you suppose he is thinking?|