Archive for the ‘Showing’ Categoryby Northernmost on January 2, 2014 in Showing, Wilder with No Comments
Our sweet boy Wilder turned 1 year old today!! Many thanks to his breeders, Sue and Roy Fuller, for trusting us with him. We couldn’t ask for a better dog! We wish all the Super Pups – Indy, Gale, Zing and Ryder – a very Happy Birthday!!
Wilder celebrated with a yummy pupcake 🙂
Below are some update photos from a recent match show. Wilder received a nice critique from judge Nils-Arne Törnlöv and was awarded an Honour Prize (HP).
This brief video is from December, he’s grown quite a lot during the end of last year and is developing into a very handsome youngster ♥
It’s been a busy couple of week here and the blog has not been updated for a while. To bring the blog up to speed I have published a post retroactively about a nice Dayhike to Pahtajärvi that we went on during our brief holiday in Lapland this month.
Last weekend Wilder took part in his first official event at the Arctic Circle Dog Show in Överkalix. This national show is situated about 259 km (160 miles) to the north of us but is actually one of the shows that are closest to where we live. Since we have very few shows in northern Sweden during winter, we try to grab every chance we have for ring training during summer. The judge at this event was Erna-Britt Nordin who awarded Wilder a 1st, but without HP this time, as she felt that his head needs to mature a bit. Overall the critique was very nice and she was very pleased with his temperament.
So far, Wilder seems to enjoy showing and is happy and alert in the ring,
Standing for the exam – there’s not much coat on Wilder at the moment.
…on the move.
BOB at the Arctic Circle Dog Show, and Best in Group-4, was FI MVA Neatut Kadluk, aka “Jyry”, who is a son of our boy Thunder. Jyry performed beautifully in the ring with his breeder Anne Korhonen and seems to have exactly the same sweet personality as his daddy. In fact, they even share the same name; kadluk means thunder in one of the Inuit languages.
Jyry, who is now also a Swedish Champion, showed off his balanced movements in the group final.
BIG congratulations to his owners Anne Korhonen and Jouku Mikkonen!!
Straight from the forest in Lapland to the show ring – our puppy Wilder has a busy schedule this summer! The opportunities for ring training are few and far between in our part of the country so whenever there is a class or match show available we try to go there, just for the sake of training. Sunday’s match show was Wilder’s second and he did really well and was shortlisted among the top five for BIS Puppy. It’s always nice to bring home some ribbons but the real reward is to see how well he behaves in a busy show environment. He’s a really sweet boy, excellent with other dogs and with people and kids of all ages. The fear period from a month ago seems to have passed and he had his tail up at all times and looked very relaxed and happy.
Mtn Home’s NM A Touch Of The Wild at 7 months of age. Breeders: Sue & Roy Fuller.
A special thanks to judge Tommy Danielsson who was very patient with all the inexperienced puppies (and handlers!) and gave Wilder a nice critique: “Excellent type, well-shaped and marked head, well set ears, correct bite, good coat in summer condition, well angulated front and back, well set tail, well developed chest for his age, strong topline, well presented.”
Hanging out with Fredrik during the long wait for the finals.
A kid we met at ring side decided that Wilder needed some extra grooming and he was happy to oblige – although he is in his summer suit now and there really isn’t much coat left to brush.
This girl clearly has a natural flair with dogs.
Wilder made some doggy friends too – here with a 4-month old Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen puppy.
It was a long drive to get to the show but well worth it!
Wilder attended his first match show yesterday and was BIS-2 Puppy! We are very proud of him, especially since he just entered a fear period this weekend. The timing is pretty uncanny, since I said in my previous blog post that so far Wilder hasn’t shown any fears! Fear periods often start overnight and for us the change became very apparent as all big and dark items, such as loud speakers, bin bags, baby buggies etc. were suddenly really scary. It’s pretty amazing how much a fear stage can affect a puppy – going from absolutely bomb proof to suddenly being apprehensive about new things. The Second Fear Period (6-14 months) is believed to be tied to the dog’s sexual maturity and that makes sense in Wilder’s case, as he has just recently started lifting his leg. The judge was really nice and gentle and got us through the show and hopefully the fear period won’t last too long. If you are interested in learning more about Fear Periods in dogs, dog trainer and behaviour consultant Adrienne Janet Farricelli has written a good article on the topic.
It was really cold up in Southern Lapland, I wore jeans and a jacket but wished I had brought my down parka and woolly hat! Perfect weather for showing Mals though.
Handsome Wilder with his pretty ribbon – good boy!
As you may have noticed, right now this blog is focusing a lot on our puppy Wilder. He’s at that age when a lot is happening in his life and I’m using this blog mainly as a diary for myself – to keep track of things. Our adult dogs are of course keeping busy too, since the summer in northern Sweden came and went in May, and left us with cold weather during most of June and July, our fall training has already started and Fredrik has been taking out the dogs with the bike or cart for a few weeks now. I will write more about our working activities later in the fall, right now I’m pretending it is still summer, even though the thermometer reads depressing 12 degrees (54 F) 🙁