After a whirl wind couple of months, Quinn the smooth blue merle collie puppy has joined our family!
Quinn is adorable. I’ve been so busy with agility in the last couple months, in May I had 3 weekends of trials out of four weekends. I could have done the fourth but opted not to. In June I also have done 3 weekends of agility. Last weekend was 3 days in Albuquerque before I picked up Quinn. The weekend before that was 4 days in Blackfoot, Idaho. So I’ve been traveling like a maniac and have hardly had any time at home. Ugh! I’m glad to be home again and may not go on another trip until the end of August.
So Quinn is a doll. He’s from Kayloma Collies in Taos, New Mexico. I will try to write more about him on his page that I’ve created. His lines come from performance dogs, agility, herding, obedience. He got fabulous scores on his temperament test. He’s very sweet and loving.
He also has some behaviors that I believe need some modification. 🙂 He is a foot and shoe chewer. Which, at first, is kinda cute, his little teeth hurt! So I think he’s going to get some sort of no for that behavior, to let him know it’s wrong. Though today when I tried he just kinda bounced around like it was all good fun.
Today we also worked on some toenail trimming. He did not like being held on his back in my lap, so I asked him where that good little puppy went that did so well on his temperament test? 🙂 I got one foot of toenails trimmed, so we’ll have to work on that. He’s going to be a big boy, and I’ll need to be able to trim his silly toes!
We also worked a little clicker charging, where I’d click and give him a treat, so he realizes that the click means a treat is coming. And he did seem to understand the hand touch with his nose. The breeder worked that a little with the puppies. So that’s very cool.
So puppy stuff is what we are doing, for little baby Quinn! He is very sweet, though none of the other dogs really like him much! He is goofy and silly and floppy and wants to play. But it’ll all work out, they will get used to each other. 🙂