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Swagger Turns Three Weeks Old!

Posted on 02/21/11 15 Comments

Great conversation about non reward punishers over the past week or so. More on that later.

For those of you not on facebook I thought I would post a few new pictures and videos of Feature’s little boy “Swagger.” ┬áHe turned three weeks old yesterday and is a whopping five lbs!

He is totally living up to his name.

I still have made no decisions where the little guys will live still to early to see what his structure is going to look like. For now I am just enjoying the entertainment factor of having him live here.

This is the latest video put together over the weekend.

Today I am grateful for Swagger who makes me laugh out loud, what a character.


  1. Pam Coblyn says:
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 6:01pm

    I want to come back as one of YOUR puppies! Between his sweet, attentive mama and you, Swag Man is getting a great start toward being a super balanced, happy and content dog.


  2. Helen Verte says:
    Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 9:30pm

    Oh my gosh, the last picture is such a touching portrait of mama and her son. It should be framed on a wall. Beautiful!


  3. stella says:
    Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 3:08pm

    Hi Susan! 2×2 question: I’m having trouble getting high value for the toy with my dog, and I don’t think reinforcing with cookies is the way to go. She has very high value for the crate, can I use this as reinforcement? Or would that take focus away from the poles?


    • Susan says:
      Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 9:00am

      @Stella, you could use the crate but by putting Soooo much reinforcement value in the crate I would be concerned about you dog looking to leave work to find the crate in the future. Really training shouldn’t progress forward unless your foundation is in place. Your foundation includes massively (ideally equal) high value for both food and toys. I would progress forward with a food stuffed “Tug-it” toy (do a search on this blog to find a coupon) while continuing to build tug drive as a separate exercise.


  4. Liz says:
    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:16pm

    I am a ‘Swagger-fan’. Enjoy the laughter, there is never enough in the world.


  5. Mary Lou says:
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:03am

    Thanks so much for sharing with the non-facebook people! I can’t help thinking back to the “Journey” and why we get the dog that we do. The last picture is so worth a thousand words!! What a good mom!


  6. Clyde says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:53pm

    You can see Swagger has already learned how to Think, Plan, Do. He will become smarter than all of us. Whoever ends up with him will have to learn to think BEYOND the boundaries of outside the box—way, way, beyond. A new episode has begun.


  7. Clyde says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:15pm

    Never Be Lonely has been nominated for the following categories:

    Best Cinematagraphy
    Best Editor
    Best Director
    Best Costumes
    Best Writer
    Best Music
    Best Actor
    Best Actress
    Best Supporting Actress/Actor
    Best PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. Laura says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:15pm

    I would love to learn more about the criteria and signs that you are going to use to determine whether this adorable agility puppy will be a good agility teammate. I’m not a breeder and will never understand all there is to know about structure, but your blog provides a unique opportunity to see how you will put this important decision making process in action and along learn with you.


  9. Nath says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 6:45pm

    At what age can you see the pup’s structure?


  10. Wendy says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 1:41pm

    The movie is awesome – If you’re making Feature (!) films starring him, don’t you think the chances of him going to live with someone else are getting pretty slim?


  11. Melissa Blazak says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:26am

    Really love the updates on Swagger. Brings back the memories of when I would get weekly pictures and updates on Rudy’s litter. ‘Course I didn’t know who I was going to get at that time, with 8 boys in an 11 pup litter I had a lot of pictures to look at!

    What a fantastic idea for the mobile! Interaction on all levels!


  12. Louise Lamer says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:17am

    Walt Disney’s production has competition! Wonderful video. I love all the enrichment you put for SUPER Puppy Swagger.


  13. Lauren Mitchell says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:29am

    Love the puppy mobile of hanging bottles,Great idea !


  14. Kelly says:
    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:29am

    This may be in the running for one of your best “fun” videos ever. Gotta love iMovie!

    Looks like the Swag-Man is having lots of fun exploring his world under the watchful eyes of his mama.


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