Phenom Training Recap: 12-14 months

I haven’t done quite as good a job at videoing what Phenom and I have been working on the past couple of months – but most of our activities take place in the dark it seems. By the time I would get home and get to the park, we usually play under the security lights – and my camera doesn’t have night vision. . . yet. But I’m seriously glad that it’s so much lighter longer now.

The last couple of months we’ve been working on retrieving a lot – especially bringing the toy back to me. We’ve also been working on loose leash walking (especially as a group), recalls, running, stays, tricks, foundation jump grids, circle work, downs with movement, body awareness stuff, perch work with jump bumps, rear crosses, wing wraps and nose touches for contact foundation.

Over the next few months coming up we are hoping to move our contact training further along and also start our 2 x 2 weave training. I’m really excited about that.

Phenom also got to meet my parents’ new cavalier puppy Duchess. Phenom was so great with her. And Duchess is quite the character too.

Oh – she also had her first experience with a pet sitter too. I don’t think she missed me at all. Well – maybe a little. But I bet not as much as I missed her.

Don’t get me wrong – she’s still super cute, but somewhere along the way she’s started looking even more beautiful and elegant to me.


She’s still such a character and makes me laugh all the time with her many antics, but every now and then I get a glimpse of a grown-up Phenom. And though it’s hard to imagine having even more fun with “Grown-up Phenom” than “Puppy Phenom” – I think that’s exactly where we’re headed.

Here’s a video of some of what we’ve been working on:

Phenom 12-14 months from Margaret Bond on Vimeo.



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