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I took Squash to the big dog park for the first time today. It's a lovely park, several acres of wooded river bottoms next to the Mississippi. We've been working hard on staying close, attention, and recalls in preparation and he could not have been a better boy.

Setting out.


Recall practice.


SO MUCH TO SEE


I discovered he has one of my very favorite off-leash characteristics... if he wanders too far ahead, he'll stop and "check in" and if I'm not in sight he'll come back to find me. I'd like to take credit for training that, but I suspect it's just how he is.


Happy recall practice.


omg an albino deer... no wait, it's just Squashies.


I was not practicing recall, he had wandered down a side trail and then came back to find me. <3


A great majority of his time was spent in this position.


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Down at the big water... his ears are killing me here.


WATER IS FUN


Checking in. :)


Goon throwing a stick for himself.


omg he came to rest for a moment


Here he's running off to play with another dog


And here he's recalling out of playing with that dog. SO PROUD.


Fallen tree is no match for Squash


The end.



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Great job all! Coming back to check-in is wonderful! Squash looks as if he has found gold! Lol! The scenery where you went is beautiful too. :)
 

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Thank you all. We are lucky to have that park, and he is quite a character for sure. I don't think he knows how not to be happy. :p
 

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He's beautiful! He looks so big! Is he really huge, or just look that way?
 
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