Archive for the ‘Wilder’ Categoryby Northernmost on July 17, 2013 in Socialisation, Wilder with No Comments
Last week it was premiere for Wilder at puppy class. We have been looking around for puppy classes since May but apparently Skellefteå (our nearest city) is a black hole when it comes to puppy classes. Finally, we found a class in Umeå, about 1.5h from home. It is fair distance to travel each week but going to class is so important for a Malamute that we think it’s worth it. The class is led by Hanna Vernerlund who runs Hanna’s Hundsupport. We have been to Hanna’s classes before and really appreciate her methods which are based on positive reinforcement and a good understanding of the behaviour of different breeds. She also has really good technical skills as a trainer, which means that we get lots of tools that we can use at home. Wilder has been to two classes so far and is really doing well on every level. He’s an outgoing and relaxed puppy who is happy to explore new environments and try new things. He is also very food oriented, which makes him easy to train and reward. Sue and Roy have done a wonderful job socializing Wilder before he travelled to Sweden and it is a real luxury to receive such a well-adjusted pup 🙂
There is quite a mix of breeds at the class; Alaskan Malamute, Schapendoes, Greyhound, Beagle, White Swiss Shepherd Dog, Coton de Tuléar, Irish Setter and a Saluki. The age range is 10 weeks to 6 months, which means that Wilder is one of the oldest (and largest) pups in the class. We actually think this is a good thing, as it gives him an opportunity to socialize with breeds that are smaller than him, and learn to play with younger pups – something which he rarely gets a chance to do at home.
To the first class we were asked to bring an interactive toy along for playtime and reward but it was a bit hard to get Wilder interested in the toy when there were so many interesting puppies to look at instead…
At this point in his development, Wilder is definitely more interested in treats than he is in toys.
At yesterday’s class we trained nose work both on the ground and on tarp. None of the pups hesitated to explore the tarp that was blowing in the wind but from experience I know that these things can change quickly if the puppy enters into a fear stage. So far we haven’t noticed Wilder going through any obvious fear stages but the second fear stage can occur quite late during adolescence (approx. 6-14 months) so it’s still possible that we will see some of that apprehensiveness later.
We also had a couple of timeout sessions during class and all the pups did much better relaxing yesterday than they did at their first class. As you can see – Wilder rested on top of my legs, that way he made sure he wouldn’t miss any activities if he happened to fall asleep.
Wilder is very friendly and gentle with the other pups – here together with a young Beagle boy.
Fredrik and Wilder said hello to Mischa, a pretty 4-month-old White Swiss Shepherd girl.
Plenty of treats are consumed at every class and since Wilder eats dog food from Orijen, we were excited to see that this brand now also offers its own range of freeze dried treats. I will write a full review about these treats when we have had the chance to try some more of the different flavours available. To yesterday’s class we brought along a bag of Orijen Brome Lake Duck Singles that are made from 100% pure boneless duck and duck liver. What I particularly like about these treats is that they are made from free-run (cage-free) duck. Since dogs are carnivores who need to eat meat it feels good knowing that the animals they are eating have at least had a good and natural life.
This is what the Orijen Treats look like. They are lightweight and very different from any other treats we have tried in terms of texture. The lovely smell makes me (almost) want to try one myself 😉
Yummy treats equal a very focused pup 😉
Wilder and our other seven Mals really love these treats and when Mischa sniffed Fredrik’s hand after class she went wild too – can I have some of that?!!
Wilder’s puppy class will be going on for another 4 weeks so I’m sure he will be learning a lot this summer and have plenty of positive experiences (which is our main reason for attending classes). To next week’s class we are instructed to bring a tracking lead – I guess that means more nose work, or maybe we’ll be working on improving our recall using a long lead?
Our beautiful boys Tuisku and Wilder are celebrating their birthdays this week; Wilder turns 6 months old today and Tuisku turns 8 years old on Wednesday. Below are some recent pics of the two 🙂
The weeks are flying by right now and we’re busy from sunrise to sunset. I haven’t been able to keep up with my email lately due to a busy schedule at work, but I promise to get back to each and everyone as soon as my summer holiday starts. Below are some pics from this weekend’s agility fun with the gang. All dogs took part except for Thunder, who spent the day being pampered at Grandma’s. Our best jumpers are definitely Leia and Hilary who have great technique and fly effortlessly through the obstacles. But everyone did their best and had FUN! And that’s all that matters 🙂
Sunday is funday here in Nedre Bäck and yesterday was a perfect day to train agility in the garden. After a cloudy morning the sun came out in the afternoon and for the first time in weeks there wasn’t a single mosquito in sight! Yay!! We have a handful of very basic agility obstacles that we bring out just for fun in the weekends. Our goal is not to become competitive but to keep our Malamutes active and happy during the summer months. Like most dogs, our Mals love agility!
Who is there??
Wilder started off by watching the others, then he tried some of the obstacles himself.
The closed chute was a bit strange at first…
Agility is a great way to build a dog’s attention and contact. We only train each dog for short sessions at a time, making sure it never becomes boring or too hard. This is especially important when training puppies. We strive to always end the training on a high note!
And the obstacles are of course adjusted to suit puppies 😉
Hilary was third out and was whining a little in her dog pen when she had to wait for her turn. Hilary is normally a very quiet dog but she loves agility so much that waiting around wasn’t easy.
We finally let her out so that she could show Wilder how to jump through the ring…
…and after we had adjusted the height a little, Wilder completed the jump too 🙂
Tuisku also did some agility but he still has a lot of coat so yesterday was a bit too warm for him. Hopefully, after his next bath what’s left of his undercoat will be gone.
We have taken so many pics of Wilder since he arrived in May that I have had to create a second album for him to have room for all. You can see all his recent photos in his new gallery Wilder in Sweden. Below are two pics of this beautiful boy at around 5 months of age.
Wilder is an adorable puppy, we are super pleased with how he is developing! 🙂
We went on a small hike today up to a cabin that sits on a hill in the forest. Titan and Hilary carried our picnic in their backpacks while Wilder came along just for fun. It’s too warm and humid right now for the dogs to carry out any real work but we nevertheless try to keep them exercised and happy with smaller activities each day. Wilder still gets most of his exercise from playing at home but at this age we also introduce “working walks”, i.e. shorter walks where the focus is on going forward, rather than on stopping to smell everywhere. Today we trained On by, Left/Right and Whoa, and Wilder did really well following these commands – with a little help from his friends 😉
Fredrik with Wilder, Hilary and Titan.
Preventing tangling when walking with three dogs on long lines is not an easy task…
Going up the hill with synchronised steps.
Wilder fell asleep on a soft tuft of moss. For a young puppy even a short hike is a big adventure 😉
Hilary and Wilder had a playdate with Fredrik’s mother’s 2-year-old Labrador Retriever James yesterday. James is a great dog, playful and uncomplicated (like most Labs are) and ready to invite other friendly dogs into play straight away. Since James and Hilary already know each other we figured it would be a good idea to introduce Wilder too. Wilder has had a great start in life at Mountain Home and we aim to continue building on that foundation by making sure he has as many positive experiences as possible, with dogs of different breeds, new people, new places etc. We’re still waiting for a puppy class to become available anywhere within 1h of where we live, but for some reason there are very few classes available during summer. If nothing comes up soon, maybe we should organize a puppy class ourselves?
A brief break from playing to recieve treats from Fredrik’s mum – happy pups 🙂
When all the chores are done in the evening we usually take a couple of dogs and head for the beach. Last night it was Titan and Wilder’s turn to come along for a swim. We stayed on the beach until the sun set in the ocean, like a blazing ball of fire. ♥ Magic moments of summer ♥
It has now been a week since Wilder arrived in Sweden and what a great week it has been! Wilder has settled into his new home in no time and much is thanks to Hilary, who has been a great “play nanny” to Wilder, keeping him busy and loved all week. Apart from a visit to the beach with Tuisku, a forest walk with Titan, and a visit to town today, Wilder has spent his first week in Sweden mostly in our home and garden, getting used to our daily routines. I’m glad I bought a big supply of toys before he arrived, as he and Hilary have had a blast playing with these KONG and rope toys all week 🙂
The Five Knot Rope Toy is great for sharing.The only downside is that it quickly gets grubby when left out in the garden. We pop ours in the washing machine and let them air dry. And if they get too grubby we replace them with new ones, as these toys are luckily among the more affordable.
Quality rope toys are great for itchy gums.Wilder lost two of his baby teeth today 😉
This was the biggest rope toy we could find – it’s very popular with our Mals but not 100% durable. After each play session there are pieces of blue yarn left in the grass.
The KONG Stuff-A-Ball is Hilary’s favourite, she picks it up and makes Wilder chase her around. Since this toy has two rope ends it is good for two dogs sharing.The ridges are designed to clean the dog’s teeth and the toy can be stuffed with yummy snacks to make it even more appealing.
The KONG Extreme Goodie Bone made from ultra-tough black rubber is a big favourite with most of our dogs but so far Wilder hasn’t shown any interest in this toy. Right now he doesn’t like the smell of it but I don’t think it will take long before he realises that this toy is FUN 🙂
Wilder hasn’t shown any interest in the KONG Dental yet either. Maybe this toy
is still a bit too big for him?
The KONG Tails is popular with our Mals but if a heavy chewer is left unsupervised with this toy for too long, the blue “tails” will start to break off. Instead of being available to the dogs on a daily basis, the KONG Tails is better used as a treat during training, or as a toy to bring along to puppy class.
Hilary is a great teacher, she gets most pleasure out of sharing her toys with her friends.
It’s been a good first week 🙂
With a new puppy at home we spend a lot of time on establishing good relationships between the new pack member and our older dogs. Hilary has done a wonderful job of welcoming Wilder and they are already the best of friends. On Monday we introduced Wilder to Titan during an evening walk in the woods and yesterday it was eight-year-old Tuisku’s turn to spend some one-on-one time with our new boy. Wilder is a cool kid who doesn’t get overly excited about things. He is keen to make friends but at the same time has a streak of independence about him. When he meets new people he is curious and likes to give kisses, but in a calm and polite sort of way. I think he’ll have many different pet names as he grows up, but right now we call him Mr Cool 😉
Hello, what’s your name?
Maybe we’ll just sit here for a while and smell the dandelions together.
We’re having an early summer here on Sweden’s northern coast. 25ºC (77º F) and hardly no wind.
Tuisku is more comfortable now when most of his underocat is gone. It took two baths and lots and lots of brushing, as his winter coat was really thick!
As always, Tuisku got the zoomies as he just looves being near water.
Looks like Wilder is a Water-Mal too. Hopefully he’ll be equally happy about having a bath at home. Tuisku has always loved to swim in lakes, rivers and the ocean – but for some reason he loathes the bathtub!
We stayed at the beach till sunset. The world is so incredibly beautiful this time of the year. I’m having “press pause moments” at least once every day ♥
Wilder has arrived and brought summer with him from America! We met our new boy at the airport in Stockholm on Friday, where he arrived safe and sound after a “quick” 11h flight from Seattle via Iceland. From Stockholm we travelled home by car along Sweden’s beautiful northern coast. Our trip coincided with the warmest weather we have had so far this summer so we had to make plenty of breaks to cool down and get some fresh air along the way. We had brought Hilary along with us and, as expected, she and Wilder hit it off right away. They played pretty much non-stop during our many rest stops and at the hotel room in Sundsvall on Friday night. During the last part of our journey they were both pretty tired from all the excitement. Below are some photos from Wilder’s first two days in Sweden. I will write more about our new member of the family next week 🙂
Mtn Home’s NM A Touch Of The Wild, aka Wilder, on his first day in Sweden.
Come play with me!
Wrestling games to get to know each another.
We stopped by a pretty lake where Hilary enjoyed her first swim of the season.
Wilder was happy just getting his feet and belly wet in the cool water.
Two new buddies – Hilary and Wilder 🙂