Monday, November 28, 2011

Ocho's First Photo Shoot

 On Friday Mom made me do a photo shoot......Seriously, Just because you have a cool camera and an ADORABLE puppy does not mean you always need to abuse the two together...right??? Who's with me??? Anyone, Anyone???

 I tried to tell her I didn't want to. (Seriously I barked at John. That did not go over well! I kind of got in trouble. SO MANY RULES!)

Then I tried eating things off the ground. My FAVORITE thing to do in the whole world. No one was real happy with me for doing that either....

Red even tried to help me out by running through the photos too! But Mom was persistent..

So I took some pictures. I guess they came out ok.  I AM pretty darn cute after all!

But they weren't satisfied with just a cute shot of me! Then they started messing with my ears!!!!
I look so SILLY!!!! ARRRGGGG MOM!!!!

And then of course they took pictures of Rembrandt. He must know better than me that there is no point in fighting it.  He sat right down and took great photos. Sigh....I'm just a puppy! I don't know any better!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

 Today they told me it was Thanksgiving. And then we got in the car and drove FOREVER. When we got to a place called Coarsegold (pretty neat place....they have real dear in the backyard) they made me pose with the scarecrow (this scarecrow didn't have teeth...for those of you that know the significance of that)... Silly humans!

Mom tried to dress me up.....but I would have none of it.....I gave her my demon dog face!

Did someone say TURKEY?!?!?!

 Guess not because all they gave me was a bone to chew on. Bummer. It was fun going to a new place and meeting all those new people. Time for bed!

 And for the Levi Report!!! Dun Dun DUN!!
Levi is in Phase 5!!!!!!
(the little phase skipper)

She blew through phase 4......
Phase 4—Intelligent disobedience

The dogs are expected to make decisions when necessary and to work past distractions. Dogs are
exposed to traffic work and learn stop, hold line, and back up on their line. New handlers come
and make sure the dogs accept their body being handled by strangers. Extra socialization is given
to the dogs that need it.

And now she's in 5.....
Phase 5—Traffic training and city work

The dog starts advanced guide work and is exposed to different buildings. The dogs are
introduced to escalators and have formal traffic training. They are taught responsibility in
making emergency decisions with traffic problems. Dogs are taught how to handle total
barricades in paths. The vets have a meeting about the dog and review his or her health.

Yay Levi.....Keep up the good work!!!!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm a BIG boy now!!!

 Today Mom told me I had to go get more shots!

 I said NO NO NO!!!!

But Mom told me that if I went to get my shot today I could go EVERYWHERE!

So I talked it over with my buddy Rembrandt.....And decided maybe it was a good idea. The world might be a fun place!

I was a little scared......

But I did it! I got my big boy shots! Now I can go anywhere right?

I think they played a trick on me. Mom says I still have to wait a few days until the shots takes effect... So here I am....still stuck behind the gate.... Sigh......

Now for the Levi Report!
Levi is in Phase 3!!!!!
She's moving right along!
 Phase 3—Preliminary testing
Dogs are obedience tested for sit, down, heel, come, and stay with distractions. Dogs are tested
for food refusal and general ease of body handling. The dogs go through their preliminary
blindfold testing over approximately ten blocks.

Yay Levi! Keep up the good work! We are looking forward to graduation!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

31 pounds!!!!!!

 I'm running and playing and getting SOOOOOOOO BIG!!!!!
This is me at 11 Weeks

This is me at 12 weeks.

And this is me today at 14 weeks and 31 pounds!!!!! Mom says I better get my shots soon or her arms are going to fall off!
(Mom forgot to take my photo at three months but thats ok)

I want to go out for a walk in the world but Mom says I have to wait one more week! She says I will be a big boy next Saturday and then I can walk everywhere! YAY!!!! (although I do like being carried)
And now for the Levi Report!!!!
Levi is in Phase 2!!!!!

Phase 2—In town
In Phase 2 ...
The dog gets to go in town. By now, the dog is comfortable with his harness and has adjusted
to the kennel. The dog is taken on a planned distraction route. Remember watching the movie
Up? The dog needs to be able to walk and not scream SQUIRREL. The dog also gets to see the
obstacle course.
Yay Levi!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bath Time in Puppy Land

So a crazy thing happened to me this weekend! I was running around and playing (getting all smelly and stuff, It was GREAT!) and Mom decided because of that,  I needed a bath....YUCK!

 I tried to give her the sad eyes so she would let me out of the tub....

 That didn't work so I got reaaaaaaally pitiful!

Still didn't work so I started looking for an escape... 

 Then I heard Rembrandt laughing at me from outside the door. (Don't worry I got him back later by curling up with him to keep warm!)

Finally I just gave up and closed my life is so hard!

 Now for the Levi Report
Levi is in Phase 1!!!!!! 

In Phase 1
Formal training begins and the dog re-discovers food rewards and learns about clickers. Sit,
down, and stay is reintroduced in a very precise way. Dogs learn to refuse offers of hamburgers
from strangers and to not pick up strange food off the floor. Dogs are introduced to the harness,
get their teeth and ears cleaned, and get petted and massaged. The dogs learn to walk on a
treadmill. They learn the commands forward, halt, and hop-up. The dogs tend to LOVE the
Mom says "Yay Baby Girl! Keep up the good work!"

- Ocho