I've been on "pupternity leave"... Took a week off to finally pick up my Standard Poodle puppy in NC. He turned 10 weeks old yesterday.
Last week we made our way to PA, for a stopover in the Amish Country. (Hey, I said last year that I'd need to go back this fall for more oat flour, so it worked out well! LOL) Then it was a long weekend in the Smoky Mountains, to allow time for both visiting the puppies & going over stuff with the breeder, plus a little sightseeing. We checked out a big antiques mall one day, and went gem mining the next. Who knew that the area was one of the richest in rubies? It was pretty neat, and we managed to find a few tiny rubies and sapphires. Most of which I needed help from one of the pros to find, as they mostly looked like rocks to me! No outstanding carats to get excited about, but fun nonetheless. The "loaded" buckets with pre-cleaned gems from around the world were much easier to find things in. I got lots of interesting stones out of mine. My favorite was probably something called a rosebud, which I actually thought was a marble when I first found it. Talk about a dirty job though! And that Carolina red mud - oy! I had to literally scrub my arms in the shower and still didn't get off all the staining. haha I don't envy the breeders trying to keep up white show poodles down there. ;-)
I was tempted to bring home two puppies, as the gorgeous cream boy with awesome temperament had become available, but my willpower held out... after all, one puppy at a time is more than enough work! LOL (Now if the adoptions were a few months apart it might be a different story... ;-) My Parti boy "Tripp" settled in with us nicely. Fast learner - walking pretty well on leash after just a couple days, learned stairs without much trouble, and perfectly comfortable taking the elevator. Very good traveler, esp. for his age. Not much fazes him. (That's just one difference between a well bred & raised pup and unsocialized “backyard-bred” dogs!) He's very friendly and expects every person to come say hi to him. Though he's not over-demonstrative like a Lab might be... just regular Poodley sociability. :-) Loves hugs and kisses from his family. Gets spoiled rotten by Nana & Papa, and okay, a little from Mom too. hehe Typical puppy (twerp!) that needs constant supervision and consistent rules, of course.
Right now we're just working on settling in at home, learning house rules, routines, etc. before we begin any "serious" training. Will wait a week or two, then introduce the clicker, start puppy kindergarten, take a couple swim lessons, all the while continuing socialization. Still taking one day at a time - if I had to think of all that needed doing, my head would be spinning! First thing when he gets bigger will be showing in UKC conformation. We'll obviously have started obedience before then, but won't likely compete till he's well over a year, depending on when he's ready. The more complicated musical freestyle will come even later, though we'll work on those moves from the beginning as well. As for the hopes of skijoring, he'll be introduced to the harness probably this winter, but of course won't do any "real" pulling till after 2 years when fully developed physically. Everything will also revolve around what he enjoys. If he truly hates a certain sport, then I'm not going to force it - it's not that important! Basic manners and obedience (and behaving for grooming) obviously are non-negotiable, but competition sports are supposed to be fun for both human and canine.
So the suspense is over... now comes the sleep deprivation, and just in time for Christmas - the terrible teens! LOL Just guessing. ;-) Puppies sure are cute and fun, but I always look forward to adulthood! hehehe Besides, grown Poos are still cute and funny! :-)