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) 🙁