Yeah, and I don't know where he gets that- his dad, maybe? lol. Actually, he is almost caught up to the point that I have pictures for, so future posts should be heavier on photos and lighter on text. But, I have gotten quite a few emails from people asking how we trained him for hunting, so I figured it was worth including an account of that for those who are interested. There isn't really any info on the internet about how-to train a RR to hunt.
Our life is by design, and our dogs are a big part of it. Once when we had Tabu she needed medication 5 times a day. The vet commented that we were lucky that we could be at home to give it to her that often. On the way home hubby and I discussed that comment and realized that luck had nothing to do with it. We both retired in our early '40's so that we CAN be at home, indulging in our pets, livestock, bees, and other hobbies. We're never going to get rich living the way we live, but it's a great lifestyle for us and the pups. There's a downside- like, I drive a rusty old 1992 mini van. Which is quite the joke when I use it to drive my pup to dog shows- considering that I paid more than twice as much for the pup as I paid for the van, lol. We do have our priorities!
The coolest thing about having the puppy here is that his skills HAVE developed pretty naturally- which is fortunate because I had no clue how to go about training him when I started.
What amazes me is that Tchaka is my 6th RR, and he is so completely different from any of the others. Of course, three of them were Rescues whom we adopted as adults, but even my previous pups, who were raised, at least in part, in the country, did not have the opportunities that Tchaka has had. It really makes me wonder how many of our present-day RR's COULD still do what they were bred for (minus the lion hunting) if they were given the opportunity. I bet a LOT of them could.
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