UU Litter

UU Litter

whelped January 25, 2021:  3 bicolor or black & tan males, 1 black male, 2 black females & 1 bicolor female
Mercy bred to Cantor
UU litter background information
UU litter pedigree
See the UU litter, 42 days old, visiting Tongue River Elementary School

Mr. Blue (now “Radar”) & Miss Pink (now “Jazz”) went to Gillette, WY, to be trained for police work (no call names chosen yet).  Miss Yellow (now “Nisa”) went to Portland to do agility.  Miss Purple (now “Beadie”) went to Colorado to do agility and nosework.  Mr. Green (now “Marshall”) and Mr. White (now “Cody”) went to Colorado to be pets.  Mr. Red (now “Ursa”) went to SW Wyoming as a pet.

Ursa (Celhaus Ursa Minor) at 14 weeks
the former Mr. Red
“We have been busy for sure.  Training on the basics, plus paw shake, spins, and now trying to get the barking on cue.  We have everything checked off the bingo card except public transportation, elevators and groomer visit. Oddly, there is a shortage of squirrels in the yard, too.He immediately offered behaviors on the target table. I felt the 12-inch legs were too tall and cut half of the length off. Just like you said he thinks he can leap tall buildings in a single bound.  We are looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!”
Cel’s note:  They are attending the 1st day of the Dave Kroyer Nosework seminar, which is for beginning dogs/handlers.  Learning to go to the target table is a suggested thing to learn before the seminar.

Marshal (Celhaus Ursus the Mighty Xavier) at 12 weeks
the former Mr. Green

Photos 1-3:  “Here we are at Home Depot, buying materials in order to block ALL the toys from going under the couches. As usual, Marshal did an excellent job of handling himself: being tuned in to his Seemie, being alert, and charming all the right people (those folks who were friendly and open to meeting a happy, bright-eyed puppy!”
Photo 4:  “Happy Earth Day!  Marshal enjoying the moment at a local garden center, April 7th.”

Beadie (Celhaus Ultimav Udo) at 9 weeks
the former Miss Purple
Name Story:  “Ultimav Udo – which depending on what your web search returns for what these two words mean in German – it’s either ultimate power of the wolf or ultimate power of the home.  We do not doubt she will live up to both names.  Her call name is “Beadie”, which derived from a character in the HBO series The Wire, which takes the viewer through the complicated nature of the drug trade and the politics that come into play from the streets, to the police force, to the actual politicians.  In the second season of The Wire, a port authority officer, Beadie Russell, uncovers a shipping can with a hidden compartment carrying thirteen dead women who were being trafficked.  Dark, I know, but stay with me!  Beadie, who was essentially a patrol officer, develops into a savvy detective who assists a talented team of police in solving the case.  We had the name picked out before meeting any of the pups in the event we went home with a girl. We feel like the name couldn’t be anymore appropriate due to her response to the cadaver test.  Is it too aggressive to claim kismet?  We don’t think so.”
Happy Easter!  I wanted to provide you an update on Beadie…   She is curious, willful, and perhaps a touch stubborn, but I can tell she is craving tasks.  She currently responds to the following commands: sit (all the manding I am sure!), stay, down, drop it (we are loving tennis balls), and she is really good at leave-it inside.  Outside, leave-it is still a work-in-progress.  Like all puppies all the things go into her mouth – mulch, rocks, leaves and twigs.  We command her to leave-it, and try to offer an alternative like an elk antler or a tennis ball.  She will release the object if she knows a treat is coming, so we are working on that for now.  She is getting more interested in chasing a tennis ball. We will toss the ball against the brick wall, we aim low for the wall to prevent her from jumping.  She is really starting to love this game, and this morning she went and grabbed a tennis ball and brought it to me.  Good Beadie!  Potty training seems to be taking off, she knows the door she needs to go out.  However, there are times when we are all in the kitchen and she will head for the back door like a stealth ninja in a matter of seconds and we have to go running after her.  There have been a few accidents with #1s, but none with #2s.  We are actively looking for puppy classes or training sessions for her so we can continue to work on manners and basic commands.  We are also starting to look into some places that do nose work training.  Tasks await her!  Otherwise, when she isn’t zooming around the backyard and chasing tennis balls, she is an absolute sweetheart.  When either Garrett or I are in the kitchen, she is cuddled at our feet.  This does make kitchen maneuvers a little challenging, but she is hanging out with her pack!  Also, she hasn’t met a mirror she doesn’t like!  We weighed her last night and she is 20.6 lbs, so she is growing like a weed!  Here are a few pictures of our sweet little (very active) angel!

Cody (Celhaus Uncharted Life Adventures) at 10 weeks
the former Mr. White
Photo1:  Almost got the puppy eye shot I want.
Photo2:  Quick shot with phone.

Nisa (Celhaus Unstoppable Nisa) at 11 weeks
the former Miss Yellow
“Happy Easter!”

“Our socializing adventure today – Rohin had the day off so we went searching for something fun.   She was amazing- when we first got there she was a little barky and wanting to move back so I moved a little farther back and then we were all quiet and just watched.  She wouldn’t take treats and couldn’t even really pay attention to me or anything.  Within about 5-6 minutes she had calmed down and moved forward herself, tail wagging.  These were very sweet horses also, they were very calm and not too bothered by her so it was a good place to take her.  The horses ran around, came right up to the fence and made some other fun noises – so she got the full exposure.  Then Nisa was able to turn her brain on and actually respond to her name, give me attention and do some small “watch me”, “sit” and “down” work also.  She is so quick to take everything in and think it through.  We were getting ready to leave and she wanted to go back and play with the horses- she actually wanted to get in there with them.  But, of course, we didn’t do that.  She did great- she is now having some quiet time to process it all.  Look at her, looking at me – amazing!  Next on the list is cows…”

Ursa at 11 weeks
“Ursa1-3:  We had a great warm sunny weekend and 5 inches of fluffy snow this morning.   Ursa was playing in the snow Friday, looking for shade on Saturday and bounding in the snow today.  He has had a couple of short hikes now.  It Is so fun to watch him figure out the world.  I just wanted to let you know that we had a vet visit Tuesday and he was a perfect angel at the vet! All wags and puppy kisses. He weighed 21.7 pounds, and was so focused on salmon treats he didn’t even notice the shot.  Thanks for the head start. “

Ursa at 9 weeks
“Just a quick note to let you know things are going great with Ursa.  He is amazing! He continues to meet new people each day and is excited to meet everyone. He sits when requested and does well on his leash. Almost all the strange ongoings of the day seem to be of little consequence to him. We have a fire whistle that sounds across town to call out our volunteer firefighters and he reacts to it, but now that we know this is an issue we are working to desensitize him to this unusual sound. We went on a weekend trip and he was fantastic. We took him out on his first ski day (he liked it) and he wanted to “help” Scott spray off all his fishing gear…  Thanks for such a well adjusted dog, he is so wonderful!!”

Jazz (Celhaus Unlimited Jasmine) and  Radar (Celhaus United We Stand) at 9 weeks
the former Miss Pink and Mr. Blue

Nisa at 9 weeks
Somehow I lost their specific comments on these photos that they just shared with me.  I did find this email:  “
We are getting into a schedule here and starting to settle into the new family dynamics.  It’s been a busy couple of days as we figure things out.  Nisa is doing great.  She is sleeping well and seems to be relaxed and happy.  Yesterday we had Rohin’s best friend’s family visit with her outside.  We also have started working on charging the clicker, the name game, and SIT training  – along with manding sessions.  We also work on handling , etc. and of course lots of fun play times.  Today she and Priya went to workout with me and 2 friends.  We workout outside during Covid so she got to watch people walk by and see other dogs walk by at a distance and hear different sounds and meet a couple of other people.  We also had her vet appointment today and of course everything checks out and she is very healthy.  They also advised us, as you did, about the new research regarding waiting longer to spay Nisa.  We liked them a lot, we had to hand Nisa over and wait outside due to Covid restrictions but they said she did great.  Everyone at the clinic got to hold her and give her love and they really enjoyed her.  They took a ton of photos and wanted to post them on their Instagram page.  I will send you a link once we see them up there.  We liked the Vet because mostly she had the same advice you gave us regarding socialization being very important and not being over protective but just use your common sense, also they are willing to space out the rabies vaccination and were open to my concern for limiting the number of vaccines.  We have some trustworthy dogs picked out and will start having her meet some dogs in the next couple of days.  Hope all the others are having as much fun as we are.

Jazz at 9 weeks

Cody at 9 weeks
Cody went to live with two labs, Pear & Carson (referred to as “P” and “C” in Todd’s notes)
“Ears are starting to stand up and he is getting more active.  He makes it up and (with some effort) down stairs.  He doesn’t like puppy-express (me carrying him down stairs) but given a choice of going down stairs or just going, well, puppy-express is the way to go.  Went to both home improvement stores.  Since we only made it down an isle or two, we could go back a few times..  Met kids, adults, etc.  Everyone still loves Cody.  Evidently, Cody is getting a reputation in the neighbor hood as misc. people are stopping by to say hi.  He is going after old C&P chewing grounds (table, sofa, chair, etc.) and like the labs, not deterred by bitter apple for long….  However, he is easily distracted to appropriate chewing toys.  He is learning leave-it better (and my pants, legs appreciate it). I started on sit, come and better leash walking (ok, more formal) but first lesson got side-tracked by Carson wanting treats.  A few days ago, Cody and Pearl were soft-playing in the back yard.  By the time they were done, they were covered in dead-grass.  Should have had a camera…

Jazz at 8 weeks

Radar at 8 weeks

Jazz and  Radar  at 8 weeks

Marshal at 11 weeks
Happy National Pet’s Day!  Just got back from Marshal’s booster appointment.  He now weighs 23 pounds and had a great report back on his overall health.  He did great at the clinic; everyone there remembers him and enjoyed seeing him today.

Marshal at 9 weeks

Beadie at 8 weeks

Ursa at 8 weeks
3/27/21:  “Ursa is doing great. Just got back from visiting the gym again. He was stealing everyone’s cleaning rags.  Puppy privilege.  Quite the hit with everyone.  He has met 31 different people now. “
3rd photo:  “He sure loves to play with a key attached to a wrench.  I hope to train him to find my keys!”

Cody at 8 weeks
Cody went to live with two labs, Pear & Carson (referred to as “P” and “C” in Todd’s notes)
3/26/21:  “
Went to car dealership for oil change and took Cody.  For only two training lessons on leash, he did incredible.  No accidents inside and pee’d outside.  Lost track of how many people we met.  A few people didn’t want to say hi but that is good to get that experience. Everyone we met seemed to love Cody.  Actually ran into a nice lady with a 9 year old white poodle-like dog (Cody size).  Both got along great and had a fun play time.  Made the total mistake of introducing Cody to Rio, my neighbors poodle-pointer.  Rio has played with C&P and is energetic, barks a lot but in general, ok with C&P along with Tikanni.  I was carrying Cody over there to avoid leash, before I could even put Cody down, Rio grabbed his rear paw, started pulling and wouldn’t let go even as Cody was screaming.  I had to put my hand into Rios mouth to get him to release and grab Rio by his collar for separation.  We left with Rio trying to grab Cody as I sheltered Cody.  Vet check say Cody is ok but Cody was hesitant to meet the nice 9 year poodle dog.  Needless to say, Rio is no longer welcome around my dogs and is ignored when he wants to ‘talk’ between yards.  Last night, Marianna brought over Tikanni (Alaskan malamute) for play time in my yard. Cody was a little apprehensive but Tikanni was super nice and Cody started playing with him.  Marianna is a supper strong dog mom.  She has looked at the Celhaus websight and couldn’t see the UU litter puppy pics but said the large dogs were magnificent.  Cody also met Poobear through the fence (not sure of his breed, large-super-fluffy dog).  Poobear lives down the green belt and C&P have met him before.  Poobear’s mom says that he likes puppies so I let Cody say hi through the fence.  Cody is getting a little more zealous grabbing my toes and pants.  During one time inside the house, P actually brought over one of the redirection toys so I could distract Cody.  P has taken on being close to Cody and correcting him as well as distracting him if I don’t have a redirection toy (thanks, Pearl). She lets him come over and do his thing until he goes too far.  Cody is pretty much done with my initial leave-it prop and seems to be getting it  (ex, last time, he didn’t even go for the dog cookie which C&P don’t like so it makes a good ‘never going to get it’ training prop).  Need to find a new prop.  Side note on toes, pants…  Cody has a soft-mouth on my fingers but toes seem to be tasty…  Keeping up with manding.  Cody is a fiend for high value treats.  Cody is climbing slowly up deck stairs but the carpeted stairs inside are a little more tricky.  Needless to say, he can slowly climb up but not allowed to try going down. Cody is a truly wonderful puppy…
3/27/21:  “
Went to Murdoch’s supply today and met about everyone (who strangely all loved Cody 😊).  Also met a lab puppy there so got a puppy visit in…  I had a loose leash, Cody barked a little but warmed up to the puppy.  Lab puppy was on a prong collar and tight leash…   They both got along as best as they could with the tight prong collar.  Also met neighbors across green space and their husky/malamute (not sure) at the fence.   Cody was barking a little.  I took him to the fence up high to meet the wife and then put him back away from the fence for him to figure it out which he did and he/labs all got along with Kygo.  (aka, sniffing each other at the fence)  Cody made a interesting sound when I kept him from doing something that could possibly get him hurt.  The sound reminded me of the raptor cartoon. 😊  He is getting tired of me carrying him downstairs and now climbs up stairs (both deck and carpeted).  He went hard after my feet tonight and didn’t respond to drop it command which earned him a time out in his crate (which I made bigger last night and Pearl went into it and laid down…)  He is stealing treats from Carson and Pearl (fast little rascal).  Pearl will correct him.  Carson will growl and eventually whine a little.  I’m shadow giving Carson treats (like throwing a bone-treat up to the second floor where Cody won’t currently go).  Carson is actually smart enough not to crack his bone treat near Cody but takes it outside (or at least away from Cody). Pearl cracks hers near Cody and he gets a few pieces along with his…  It is interesting to watch Cody scamper along.  He reminds me of Cantor’s gate in the gracefulness of it all (right before he plops head over heals…)

Explanation of Manding (so you understand what people are referring to), which I began teaching them at 5 weeks: Manding was a practice new to me until Jane Killion’s Puppy Culture DVD series, but I immediately saw its value and have incorporated it into my puppy-raising routine.  I show it to the new owners when they take their pups because it’s a great way to begin their bonding with the pups.  If they can notice – and affirm – their pup’s nice efforts to communicate with them, the pup will soon quit jumping on people, which is the most irritating habit dogs have.  Here are my notes from Jane’s explanation of manding in her DVDs.

Manding – one of the most important skills for any social creature.

  • By default, puppies will mand by jumping up and pawing at us. This is one if the chief behaviors that dog owners complain about. 
  • So we teach the puppies the core concept that if they want something, they can sit to ask for it instead of jumping up.
  • Jumping up is appropriate puppy behavior with adult dogs – please play with me, feed me, etc. Our task is to change the cue to human presence to mean sit instead of jump up.
  • We do this by presenting a cue – in this case a human – and then clicking and treating the puppy for sitting. Jumping is the program that the puppy came with.  You’re just substituting the sit behavior for the default behavior.  The profound part of it is that you’re teaching your dog to talk to you. 
  • At first, we click the puppy even if he just backs off from jumping on us. Once he seems to understand that, we ask for more.  We wait until the puppy is actually sitting before we click. 
  • We’re not training the puppy to sit on command; we’re training the puppy to sit automatically with humans in front of him. Therefore, we will not be adding a verbal cue to sit or off.  The presence of the human IS the cue for the puppy to sit.
  • The pup will at first offer the automatic response of climbing up, but quickly learns that the sit is what elicits the praise.
  • The need to be heard is a deep emotional need for all social animals. Your job is to give the puppy a voice to communicate with you.  We’re taking his most primal need and saying to him “You have a voice.  I’m going to listen to you but I’m going to show you how to speak to me.”  He learns that he matters and is heard – and that will form his whole life.  If you just correct him, you deprive him of his voice and that is incredibly damaging psychologically.