Registered Name: Vermilion's Versatile Vito
Breed: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
AKC Obedience: CD, PCDX,CGC
CDSP Obedience: CDX-C-CH, UD-C
Rally: RE, RL3
USDAA Agility: ADCH, SACH, SCH, GCH
UKI Agility: ISD, SSS
NADAC Agility: EAC, EJC, TG-E, Open Versatility, HP-N
CPE Agility: CL2, CL3-F
The plan was to get a puppy in the spring or summer of 2009 when Lance would be 2, but in the meantime I talked to a few breeders. Of course one thing led to another and soon I was putting a deposit down on a litter instead of the expected litter that spring! I went down to visit for temperament testing and she had already narrowed down my choice to two dogs that she felt were what I was looking for. I decided to go with the crazy little spitfire :) We took Vito home the day after Christmas and he couldn't have been a more perfect present!
Sigh. It's about time I rewrite this. Vito has changed a lot since he hit 2yrs old. Puppy Vito was that crazy little spitfire who needed tons of work on attention and impulse control. He loved shaping and would offer a thousand things at once if your timing wasn't spot on. He was extremely confident with anything in his environment; never has pause about moving objects, heights, or noises.
We have also battled separation anxiety from day 1. It has been a very long road using behavioral modification work, extreme management, and lately medication. (To read more about click here and here).
Present day Vito is still the obsessive dog he was as a puppy but he has developed some new anxieties as well as increasing his old ones. Vito's intensity often spills over into anxiety so he has a hard time relaxing in new environments. His stranger danger has stayed about the same, usually he only reacts when startled. However, he is more likely to start fixating on people at a distance in stressful situations and look for an excuse to worry about them. Vito also developed car anxiety the summer of 2011 and became anxious about body handling. Along with behavioral work, we currently use a variety of medications to help Vito deal with the stress of life.
Balls. Tug toys. Balls. Chuck it. Anything that could possibly be thrown or tugged with. Vito is a just a wee bit obsessive! The kitty and Vito are actually best friends and Vito just doesn't understand why Lance hates the cat so much! And of course Vito loves cuddling. He is an extreme cuddler and always wants to be touching someone.
Obnoxious puppies I bring home from work. People who don't know how to throw the ball fast enough :
Vito's favorite trick is his rebound off of my chest! It is his happy making trick! Barking at me was also a trained cue in order to help Vito focus on me when walking into an agility ring and not worry about the workers. It is now unbelievably loud and awesome!
Future Training Goals:
Vito's obedience career is currently on hold. Above all else I want a dog who is happy in the ring. We are currently working on being trained through utility but will not resume regular trialing until Vito decides it is ok to be in the ring after all. He currently does the occasional CDSP trial where I can reward in the ring and support him with praise as needed.
We are currently competing in agility where Vito does not feel quite as stressed although we still struggle with some motivation issues. Vito started out competing in NADAC and CPE and now primarily does USDAA and some UKI.
Vito started some frisbee training but in 2012 Vito retired from discdoggin. His extreme love of the sport did not match his ability to safely collect for the disc.
And finally in 2016 we started foundations for field trials. My goal is to train Vito through the senior level and possibly compete at the junior level.
Vito's Youtube Playlist: