Now Boomer is 1.5 years old, he’s 22 inches at the shoulder, and he weighs about 42 pounds. He’s incredibly athletic, light on his feet, and he’s tireless.
Boomer now trains and has started competing in K9 Nose Work and Competition Obedience. The tracking didn’t happen yet, because when he was three months old, I thought just for giggles, I’d take him for a herding instinct test on sheep.
Was he keen on herding? Oh my goodness, was he ever keen. Our first herding lessons mostly consisted of Boomer running in large circles around the sheep and pinning them and me in the middle. My instructor, Joyce Shepherd, would be yelling at me “MOVE! Ann MOVE!” Other commentary from Joyce were things like, “This is ridiculous”, and, “Well Boomer is great - and you’ll eventually get the hang of it too Ann”. Yep, we had some wild times…
Boomer developed a nickname while herding, “Root’n Toot’n Boomer”. But, with patience and a sense of humor, Joyce has brought us along and now Boomer only gets Root’n Toot’n with the sheep when he needs to. We can herd up to 10 sheep, and do things like pen them, move them through a chute, bring them out of pens with control, move through panels, and Boomer can fetch the sheep and bring them to me. Pretty darn good for a 1.5 year pup and his clueless novice handler!
Boomer really likes to use his nose. Even as a young puppy, a favorite house game was for me to hide his toys so he could find them. He is good at K9 nose work . He’s already passed his Odor Recognition Testing so that he can start competing in K9 Nose Work trials.
Boomer gets totally jazzed at the competition obedience trials, at classes, and show-preps. His drive and work ethic make him ideal for this activity. He’s coming along nicely and he'll be a great competitor when he's mature enough to go full steam ahead in this high-intensity sport.
Other than that, we are out on the trails daily for our morning workouts which keep him fit and happy. At home, he enjoys life as a pampered suburban house dog. He and my other dog play every day racing and wrestling around out on the back deck and lawn.
Thanks Teri and Justy for this wonderful pup!