by Amanda Dougherty | Jun 23, 2022
Excel is the puppy that I kept from Strive’s litter. He is sweet and cuddly and goofy and I adore him.
He’s taught me how important life skills are for performance dogs, and much of his first couple years was spent focused on being calm around other dogs, loose leash walking, and being comfortable in his crate. Excel has also taught me the importance of clear criteria and reward markers and how that reduces frustration. He is super smart and tries so hard in everything that he does.
Excel is just starting his performance career and is doing great already, earning three perfect scores for his first rally title. Together, we enjoy long hikes and training and cuddling. Most of his time is spent curled up next to me on the couch or at my feet. I really look forward to our journey and the lessons he will continue to teach me.