As many of you already know, that follow us on social media, we lost Teach unexpectedly on Oct. 7, 2016. He was just shy of 5.5 years old. I'm not going to get into the details of what happened, just know we were with him and comforted him until he passed. And there was no suffering.
|The last picture I have of Teach on my phone, taken 10-6-16|
Just a week before he passed he had fun playing agility at a show-n-go at the Festival of the Dog. This was the first time I had ever asked him to weave all 6 poles in the middle of the course. And of course he rocked it. He tried so hard for me all the time!!! Anything to please his mommy. #mommasboy #mommyissues
I won't lie, he's left a HUGE hole in our hearts. Not a minute goes by that we don't think of him. And the outpouring of support from family and friends (near and far) has been overwhelming.
|Our good friend April made this collage of Teach from the spring agility trial.|
Before Teach I was of the mindset of the traditional methods of dog training, use correction until they do it right. Well that didn't work for Teach and I almost broke him because of it. He introduced me to the world of Positive Reinforcement training (+R). And let me tell you ... you can get farther from praise than you can from correction, Teach taught me that. Poor Teach was my guinea pig, LOL!
|Forever running free|
He also introduced me to the Fenzi Academy, a fantastic network of +R trainers that offer online classes. It was through them that I brought Teach back to a very happy working dog. This is one of my favorite videos of his last Rally Excellent leg. Look how happy he was.
Teach was also turning into quite the nose work dog. I wanted to find a sport just Teach and I could do together. Tucker does so much with conformation, rally, obedience, agility, and hopefully herding. Teach was done with obedience and rally. He would never be a conformation dog (although we think he was Champion). And he did love agility, but they both did that sport so he had to share his mommy time. Here is a video of Teach practicing for his Odor Recognition Test. He never got a chance to take it, but I think he would have passed easily.
I started this blog because of Teach, and I'm undecided if I'll continue. I have really gotten bad about posting. But regardless I'll still be active on Facebook and Instagram. As a matter a fact on our Instagram account I started #teachiethursday. Its a way for me to remember this awesome dog that I am grateful to have been able to share my life with, even if for a short time.
With that I'll leave you with one more happy smiling Teach (the way I'll always remember him!) and a poem (grab a tissue). #teachforeverinourhearts
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