Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Party

The Group Before a Recall

Happy Halloween!!

The Applewoods dogs had a great time at our Halloween Party last Thursday night. 
We have all the pictures posted on Facebook. Click on the list to the right to find them. There were some great costumes, including a horse and rider team as well as the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Calm, Quiet Puppies

We couldn't have fit any more cuteness into today's schedule if we tried. I love sitting in on the Preschool Private Consultations and there were TWO this morning. One of the things covered in the consultation is the Long Down exercise. This is the single most important thing we teach dogs at Applewoods, and it is the first thing covered in all of our training programs. Everyone wants to teach their puppies to settle, right? 

This Great Pyreness puppy, and a Bulldog puppy both got a good head start with this exercise. We used to call this the Sit-On-Your-Dog exercise, and it still slips out every once in a while. What's the problem with that name? We didn't want people to think they should literally sit ON their dogs. 

You can read more about the process here:
And pictures to match: 

Friday, October 28, 2011

A New Title For This Canine Partner

Steve and Sasi put their training to the test in the Obedience ring this month. Sasi was entered in Novice A at four trials. The first two in Beltsville, Maryland, and the second two in Point of Rocks, Maryland.

September 24th was her first show, her first (of three) leg towards her Companion Dog Title (CD), and her first ribbons. Sasi earned herself a green qualifying ribbon, and a lovely second place ribbon!

On September 25th, Sasi clearly got the hang of the Obedience ring because not only did she qualify for her second leg, but she went home with the first place ribbon!

Two weeks later on October 8th in Point of Rocks, Sasi finished the title and earned an insurance leg with a second place and a first place, respectively!

We hope these two will have a long Obedience career ahead of them. Sasi certainly enjoyed the experience and has discovered the excitement of having an audience! Congratulations on the new title and wins, Steve and Sasi!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What to do on a rainy, dreary day? The Stick Game!

So what do the Applewoods dogs do after their workouts and I'm still working a dog in the Summer Office - where it's a misty, rainy, dreary day?

They play The Stick Game, of course!

Then, it's time for everyone to snooze. This is the 'yellow lab dog cluster' group on Downs.

And who is this under my chair? Samson, the 5-month old Newfie puppy snoozing away.

And that's what you do on a rainy, dreary day at Applewoods Dog Training:)


Friday, October 14, 2011

Congrats to Roxanne and Diego!

Roxanne and Diego entered the Poodle Speciality here in MD today. This was Diego's first entrance into the AKC Obedience Ring Trials. Diego received a 191.5/200 score and 3rd place.

Way to go Roxanne & Diego! Now onward to complete the next two competitions before the end of 2011 so Diego can earn the coveted AKC CD (Companion Dog) title:)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

This Month at Applewoods


October 8th 
Elementary Class starts at 10-11 AM for six weeks

October 15th 
Canine Good Citizen Test from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

October 26th 
Elementary Class Graduation and Distraction Test from 7-8 PM

October 27th 
Halloween Party during the Thursday Continuing Education Class. Come with your costumes on!