We received Haddie's Second Report Card last week. I have mixed emotions - one of those pinch-me-I-can't-believe-it-is-happening moments. One the one hand, I think Haddie is amazing. On the other hand, I think I just can't believe that she is still in the program. Not from anything specific, and not because she is not capable, but just because I know how demanding the training is and to keep any dog around is simply speechless-worthy.
The written comments read:
Haddie has recently been transferred to my string and we are just getting to know one another. We have been reviewing her basic commands and have introduced the Push and Get commands. Haddie has displayed an enthusiastic work ethic and is making good progress during training sessions. She has been barking in the kennels during feeding and exercise times, but she has been quiet and well behaved when crated in the training room. She has also been well mannered during grooming sessions.
I am happy to read that she is getting herself under control in the grooming sessions as that was a negative written comment on her last progress report. Haddie making noise during kennel time doesn't seem to be an issue, but for a non-speaking dog, glad to know she does have a voice and opinion after 18 months of silence with us. Ha!
Haddie's Overall Performance check marks show Low in the Fear, Distractibility, and Energy Catagories, and a Moderate in Response to Motivation, Response to Correction, and Learning Rate. All good signs.
If Haddie continues at this rate ~ we will be making another trek to California in Mid-August. Trying not to get my hopes up, but also so excited she has made it this far.