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In this video Balzac is 12 weeks. At that time Balzac’s name was Monkey and his owner was Felix Sunga. Felix had informed me that he had a real nice pup and I should come take a look. At that time I was skeptical of the blue, almost superstitious of it. However a working dog trainer judges the animal by its behavior not its exterior, and viewed through that lens there was no question this pup had a little extra under the hood. I was instantly obsessed with the pup, and Felix was glad to get rid of him because he already had his hands full with his dog A’River Nellly de Beaux Peupliers otherwise known as River. I can attest that River is quite the handful.
Felix had gotten Balzac from Phillipe Belloni who was breeding under the affix Contes d”Hoffmann. The pup was in exchange for a stud fee to River. Felix got the pic pup, and then gave him to me at 12 weeks. As I mentioned earlier; from the day I saw this pup which is at the time of the shooting of the first video until three days later when I had chance drive up there to get him, I was obsessed. I was also worried Felix would change his mind after he saw the video, but Felix was true to his word and Balzac came home with me. Training wise this video was aimed to show Felix how I would work this pup if he was mine. Specifically the out, that is, I was recommending that he out the pup by distracting him off the slipped and static suit with a tug and clatter stick. This was the first time we tried it and as you can see it worked.
This next video was filmed in the Trappist Bar in Oakland when Balzac was 15 weeks. Arnaud LeMauger and I were having a few drinks and decided to sneak Balzac in. I love having a few beers and rolling around on the ground with a puppy. As Far as training is concerned, I was mostly interested in making sure Balzac was adapted to city life. I was continuing to work the out recall with another tug and building up his static bite at the same time. Balzac’s main biting surface was that the big red leg tug you see in the video and the Pejko semi competition jacket you see the first video, and used in a similar way (not on the body, instead held in my hands like a puppet. As I progress in the puppy bite work I am very careful to build everything symmetrically so the pup does not favor one side of the body over the other and the pup is equally exposed to upper and lower body gripping.
NEXT UP: late puppyhood, teething, starting obedience training.
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