Saturday, October 26, 2013

Summer's Weekend at Dog Camp

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My family affectionately calls it "Dog Camp" when Andy and I dogsit for their dogs, and we had our first opportunity to run a mini dog camp for Summer when my parents had to attend a memorial service in Maine.

I headed out to a local favorite hiking spot, Guilford Timberlands, and let Summer rip. My mom has been working painstakingly with Summer on her recalls, and that work was highly evident in her time with us. Summer really knows how rewarding and fun it is to come back to the human, and I held up my end of the bargain with tiny pieces of fresh baked chicken.

She got to romp around with Comet and Jax, and all three are truly fast friends. Summer has come along stunningly fast in her social skills and her basic training in a short time. She's a credit to the skill and attention my parents have brought to bear in her early training.

Stay, however, is something they haven't worked on much yet. So when we headed over to the Guilford Green, Summer was great at staying near us, but she didn't yet know how to hold in one spot despite all the distractions, and she kept wandering over to check me and the camera out.

She's a gorgeous, sweet pup, and it's a bit startling to see such strong foundation skills in such a young puppy.

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