Tino is ten weeks old today, and he went to search dog training for the second time. For the rest of his life, I hope he thinks of Sunday as the best day of the week. Tino didn't train for search work on this day, but he was a target dog. Parker, Kaiser, and Fozzie followed his scent trail.
We started the day wrong. I put Fozzie and Mu in the car first. Then I brought Tino in on my lap. Mu can be intimidating, and Tino did a little submissive urination, right on my pants. Although, by the end of the day, it hardly mattered that my pants had been peed on. You couldn't tell, under all the mud. On the ride to training, Fozzie and Mu stayed in the front seats, avoiding the puppy in the back. Tino was very calm for the car ride.
At training, I walked Tino in a loop, about one mile, and he was found by Parker, then Kaiser, then Fozzie. Parker is about the same size as Tino, but very intense. Parker often barks at dogs, but he was gentle with Tino. As we walked along the road by the park, Tino just followed behind me, the perfect walking partner. I wanted everyone to look over and see my good puppy, walking perfectly at heel, but no one noticed. Tino walked down a trail through the woods, across a boardwalk, and past a stream. He was very brave until we reached some stairs. Then he had to be carried. Tino waited with Dina and Jason while I worked Fozzie. Tino got plenty of treats, just for meeting people and dogs.
Because he's such a cute puppy, everyone took pictures of him. He's very good at getting his picture taken because I've taken his picture every day of his life. We put him on the turntable with Fozzie and Kaiser, and shot a video of them slowly turning. Then we put Tino in the toddler swing and took his picture. He was very patient.
He played with Fozzie a little. Later, while Fozzie and I were stuck in a blackberry thicket on a search, Dina watched Mu and Tino. Mu tried to play with Tino, but he was a little too big and rough. He bopped Tino on the head with his big paw, and Tino cried and moved away. He wasn't at all frightened of Mu after that. Tino slept hard on the ride home.