Jet and Agility

So I’m very happy to say that Jet seems to love agility! Well we didn’t do much.  🙂  I took him over the dog walk slowly, with it loaded with treats, and he seemed to really like that.  He also ran up the teeter. We held the tipping end so it wouldn’t go down.  We’ll do that slowly too. Heck, he’s still a baby.  He’s only 18 weeks old!  But he’s so smart and he learns so fast. I think I am totally, completely, and utterly sold on this breed.  Wow. He’s like an old soul.  He’s so smart and calm and he loves to do everything.

He also went through a tunnel and he loved that too. My trainer and friend are developing a wonderful puppy training plan for him. I need to go read over Nancy Gyes blog too, she has a 5 month old puppy she is training.

Jet already knows off (hop off me), boost (jump on me), sit, down, stand… and lots of other things! He also is learning how to stretch on cue… he’s so cute. When he wakes up or comes out of his crate when we are training he stretches, so I tell him ‘Stretch!’ and he does it again right away for a treat!

I just adore him. My other dogs are, I will admit, a bit jealous. But Jet is a puppy and does need more attention than the older dogs. They will be okay, and they still get lots of exercise and time too. Maybe they need some orlando vacations to make them happy… or heck, maybe I need one!

Jet and Layla

Jet and Layla
Jet and Layla

Jet has found a new tugging friend. 🙂 This is Layla and Jet.. Layla belongs to my friend Marie. She’s almost a year old and she’s a great tugger!

I love to see Jet playing tug with another dog. Actually, Chase has played a little bit of tug with him too! But Chase isn’t too sure about it yet. Hopefully none of them will need a Plano dentist for their teeth after tugging! Jet’s puppy teeth will be coming out pretty soon, too.

Jet is doing really well with training.  I’m even starting to get him walking through 2 upright weave polls. Why not… it is not going to stress his little body at all to get him walking through 2 upright polls. 🙂  He love it, too!  He is such a good boy and so amazingly smart!

He’s been getting to go out to lots of places, too. I need to post up the video of him playing with kids at Idaho Falls. I love that he loves to play with kids! Since we don’t have any kids I like to borrow all the kids I can!

Every Day I’m Amazed

Jet and his Toy
Jet and his Toy
Every single day I live with this boy, I’m amazed. Jet is such a great pup. He is so sweet and loving, he loves to snuggle, and… well, I’m not sure if I can really describe how wonderful he is.

He loves to learn. He knows sit, stand and down now. Boost and Off (to jump on me and off me). He lets me look at his teeth and dremel his toenails. He goes potty outside all the time. And he has a very bright and cheerful spirit that makes everyone laugh.

I know I’ve been around rescue dogs for too long. Jet makes eye contact, something the rescue dogs have a hard time doing. He chases me and comes to me all the time… another thing the rescue dogs don’t usually do, becuase they have had bad starts with mean people so coming was a bad thing, not good. He peacefully chews bones. He sleeps on the couch and the bed with me. He is just so sweet and amazing. And he’s so flexible too!

He does chew on a lot of things. He doesn’t quite reach the ceiling fans though, which is good. 😉 But he has lots of toys and chew bones that I put in his mouth if he gets something he is not supposed to have. He does love chewing on our wicker foot stool in the basement… but we might just let him chew on that one. LOL It’s expendable. So we don’t worry about it.

I’m going to take him to Chicago in October for the Danish Swedish Farmdog Club of America National Specialty with ARBA. That’ll be fun! I haven’t gotten his ARBA registration yet though… I really need to get that. Or else I probably can’t even enter him. LOL… details! I’m sure it’ll work out though, we still have some time!

How To Get an ARBA Championship

Okay so I’m trying to read up online and understand how the ARBA championship program works.  ARBA is the American Rare Breed Association.  Jet, being a Danish Swedish Farmdog, is a registrable breed in ARBA.  And he’s pure bred so I’d really like to see if I can get an ARBA Championship on him. And I also hope to take him back to Sweden sometime and show him there, as well.

Jet
Jet

So I’ve been Googling and reading the ARBA website to try to understand how it works. AKC is pretty straight forward… you need 15 points to get your championship. And you have to have 2 major wins. A Major is.. errr.. I think 3 or 4 points in the show. I forget, it’s been a while. Levi got all his points by the time he was 18 months old. Including the majors. He is a good lookin’ boy. 🙂

So instead of Green shopping I’m looking for ARBA CH information. From what the ARBA website says, the dog needs to accumulate CAC-US Certificates.  The dog can get one by being awarded an ‘Excellent’  rating at an ARBA show. I wonder if more than one dog can get this rating at the same show… or if only one can win like in AKC?  Anyway, so it seems like if your dog gets 9 CAC-US certificates from 6 different judges, you can apply for, and get, the ARBA CH. Which is the American Rare Breed Association Championship.
From the ARBA Website:

To become an ARBA Champion, the following is required:

1. As of 1/1/98, Nine(9) CAC-US (Certificate of Aptitude for Championship in the United States) must be given from 6 different Judges to a dog whose breed is fully recognized by ARBA.

2. Classes that are divided by sex which a dog may be eligible to compete for CAC-US: 6-9 Months, 9-15 Months, Bred by Exhibitor, American Bred & Open.

3. Effectively July 1, 1999, the American Rare Breed Association will no longer offer the Breed Club Class as one of its classes for its shows.

4. Only ARBA Champions will be eligible for Best of Breed Class ARBA Jr. Champions are not eligible for the Best of Breed Class.

5. The first, second, third and fourth place dog in each class will receive a Rating. The dogs/bitches will be rated as one of the following: Excellent, Very Good, Satisfactory or Good. A first place dog or bitch must receive a rating of excellent to be eligible for a CAC-US and to compete in the winners class. In other words, if the first place dog is not rated by the Judge as excellent, it will not be able to compete in the winners class and won’t be eligible to receive a CAC-US. The CAC-US will be indicated on the judges sheet and accounted for by ARBA.

6. ARBA will notify you when you have attained all the requirements which qualifies your dog as an American Rare Breed Champion. You must then follow all the rules and regulations to receive your championship certificate. No dog will be officially an American Rare Breed Champion until the certificate of championship is issued.

I have heard it said that the ARBA DSF judges don’t really know the Danish Swedish Farmdog breed standard very well… so I don’t know how many Excellent they give out. If any. Unless they bring in a judge from over seas. So… as I live, I will learn, and find out how it all works! Took me a long time to understand AKC CH… and I still don’t really understand what goes beyond Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. 🙂

Stolta Ebbas Einride – Jet

Jet
Jet

So I’m glad to say I’ve been accepted to the Danish Swedish Farmdog Club of America! The people are really nice and helpful. I hope I can show Jet in conformation. Apparently the only club that does DSF conformation is ARBA.. the American Rare Breed Association. From their calendar, I’ve seen some shows listed in California and Colorado. I can do those… the drives would be long, but maybe I can fly. I really want Jet to be comfortable flying. Especially since it’s my hope to take him back to Sweden in a couple of years to show him in conformation there, and to meet his breeder and all his relatives!

I am hoping he will be a good kong chewer. I’ve been giving him kongs when I go off to work in the mornings so he has to work at getting the treats out. He still gets his regular food in a bowl, he’s young and he needs good nutrition for sure.  He does like that freeze dried liver in the kong toys too.  And I’m sure as he gets older he’ll get better at getting it out.

Once in a while he’ll chew on the corner of a pillow or something, but I trade him the pillow for a yummy bone and he is much happier.

It’s so wonderful having a puppy… a well bred well behaved well socialized puppy for a change!  Every day I’m impressed at what a good boy he is. 🙂  He’s even learning to sit before I pick him up.

I’m not going to start jump training or anything like that, any time soon. I might make some hoops, though, to get him going through hoops.  Or just maybe the jump uprights too, so he’ll be loving agility by the time we can start the real fun training!