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Old 04-23-2014, 09:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Happy Birthday, Warden!

Warden turns 1 year old today! He is 28" tall and 85lbs.

For those who don't know his story, he was an owner surrender that we found on Craigslist. He was loved, but untrained, unsocialized, and wasn't getting enough exercise in his apartment home. He's had so many "firsts" with us, and here are some highlights of his journey with us so far:
  • Graduated the advanced practical obedience training at our training club (in record time!)
  • Learned to play with other dogs, which he loves to do
  • Discovered his love of water and swimming
  • Made lots of new friends, and went to lots of new places!

He still has things to work on, but he's made great progress and turned into an amazing dog. He's my constant companion and I love him dearly.
I'll be having him evaluated by an IPO trainer this summer, and plan on beginning that or another sport this year to further his training

Wish I had baby pics, but here are some "then and now" photos:

Oct 2013 (6 months)




April 2014 (1 year)






Thanks for looking!
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looking good!! Happy birthday warden.Bill

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Happy 1st Birthday handsome Warden. Wishing you lots of fun and many more firsts.
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Happy Birthday Warden!
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Hes a beauty! Happy Birthday!
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Love his coloring. Glad he found a good home. Happy Birthday Warden!
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Happy birthday! I see you're in Michigan- we have a ton of UAD opportunities... if he loves water, why not start dock diving!?
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Happy 1st Birthday and many, many more!!
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Happy birthday! I see you're in Michigan- we have a ton of UAD opportunities... if he loves water, why not start dock diving!?
How do I start?! LOL it might be something he would like!

I'm at a point right now where I know he needs and can do more but not sure what to pick or how to find a good place for it!!! I would rather join a group or club instead of "8 once-a-week sessions" type thing!!!
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How do I start?! LOL it might be something he would like!

I'm at a point right now where I know he needs and can do more but not sure what to pick or how to find a good place for it!!! I would rather join a group or club instead of "8 once-a-week sessions" type thing!!!
Well, you can head over to an event and check it out, many that are outdoors have "practice" fees and you can get the dog used to the ramp, jumping into the pool from the ramp, then get them used to the dock and try some jumping, but you don't compete for points. I would probably email them about a specific event to ask if there will be practice for people interested in trying it out. Or if you're pretty confident he'll do it, you can just sign up through that event page and enter a splash and hope for the best!

eta; not sure what part of Michigan you're in, but the next MI event is in Kalamazoo on May 2nd/3rd. It's a really fun dog event, too!
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