I love this dog. He continues to shock me every day, and takes on any challenge thrown at him. Gonna be a super long post, apologies in advance, but we have had a month full of dock diving, lure coursing, barn hunt, passing his CGC, and Temperament Test. So, here it goes!!
Ill start with the Dock Diving competition, last Sunday. This was only his second time dock diving, and wasnt sure how he'd do. He sure did shock me! He beat his personal best by 4 feet, made it to the novice division finals, and placed second
Every time he jumped, he improved by a foot or so. He is now a screaming LUNATIC around the dock, he loves it. We jumped all day 9am-4pm..10 jumps total? and he was still rearing to go..) He earned 3 legs toward his Novice jumping title, which we will have to complete next year, since there are not many Dock Diving events around here.
The dock diving event was held at a dog event, so they were offering the CGC. We had an hour to kill in between his splashes (and it was really crappy and rainy so we were just sitting in the car..) so I figured, why not try it. Didnt know what to expect from him (we havent really trained FOR it specifically) - but he passed!! And there was a crap ton of dogs there.
This morning, we had the GSDCA Temperament Test. Wasnt sure how that would go either, but no way to find out unless trying it, right? He's only 14 months old, so we will be doing the ATTS TT when he is of age. He passed with flying colors! The evaluator said I have a very nice dog on my hands, and that I'm doing a great job with him, and he will mature nicely. His temperament is spot on for a GSD. He told me he doesnt like to give out 3's (the highest score for said test) The dog has to really impress him. Well, Berlin got a couple 3's!
So, it makes me really happy we have the TC and the CGC, cause now we're all prepared for when I start to look at places! (main reason why I did those tests). Minor accomplishments but, it's a start! Not too bad for a 14 month old, intact, obnoxious, goofy, derpy male either.
Very happy to have a GSD with solid nerves and temperament. Very, VERY impressed with my boy and so very proud!!
Video of one of his earlier jumps in the day, by the end of the day - he was running off that dock without any hesitation, excited to figure out which way works best for him improving his jumps.
Some random photos of Ber.
And, we've been lure coursing (at Lauri & the Gang's club!
Berlin and Spike, they were both not too sure of each other
And here is handsome Mauser (hope you dont mind Lauri!) Berlin and Mauser got to meet.
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