My favorite subject! Andy
From the G Wildhaus litter
most all of Andy x Della progeny are into agility, competitive obedience, herding and doing very, very well! Temperamentally they are very balanced(the litter is pretty consistent in the temperament and looks, though somehow Karlo is up by about 20# than the rest of his sibs)
My boy Karlo(Gideon v Wildhaus)is doing IPO and last fall we got the BH out of the way.... hope to do an IPO 1 & 2 along with some SDA(FO, P1 and tracking) trialing this year.
Karlo is slow to mature, and has yet to fill out. Higher threshold for the most part and not reactive to other dogs or people.
But when we go onto the protection field, he is "on" immediately, deep bark and not in prey.
He carried a bit of suspicion last year, but that has waned some with his maturing.
His H&B is genetic/strong and his fight drive is of more value than his prey drive.
He would rather 'man' track than do the SchH style footstep nose to the ground. He is not tunnel visioned on the track but aware of his surroundings. Motivation to find articles isn't a big deal, yet he has strong food drive. He loves to track and popping a ball at the end isn't a big enough reward either, he wants to continue tracking. I'm puzzled by him, because he enjoys tracking, but I think in his brain, finding articles are just silly/waste of time, so we work on motivating him. I've done food jackpots, no jackpot, toy, etc.
I don't have any recent video of his protection but he has a calm deep bite and the sleeve only holds value if he really has to work to get it(blind search exercises have been a challenge).
Looks like Brenna is not a sleeve focused girl either! She looks like Karlo and his siblings
We've worked on a suit a couple few times, and Karlo loves it. We continue to train w/ suit and sleeve, but focus on the control work with both!
Obedience isn't naturally flashy but I can bring it out with a bit of effort. Retrieves are great now, I use the 3 dumbbell for flat retrieves and he gives me great effort and enthusiasm.
Karlo loves to jump and do the A-frame(agility is natural....very graceful even at his 27" and 90#) I don't have a good agility training venue locally or we'd do it in the winter months.
I think with a different handler that didn't bop around from group to group, Karlo would have progressed more! But he goes with the flow and strange training venues don't bother him in the least....he is comfortable/settles in where ever we go to train.
Hopefully MRL will chime in with Glory's story and Lucia will beam about Gryffie! Not many other G people are on here, but we all keep in contact thru a Wildhaus puplist yahoo group.
Here is a pic I took today, his 3 yr anniversary of coming home!
We are a month ahead with the spring growth, look at the difference in the ferns.
His first day home...owning the place: