Noticed that Lyra's ear featherings seem to be getting a lot longer now so decided to do a quick photoshoot of her (and Cadence)!
Feels like I've been waiting FOREVER for Lyra's fur to grow out (body AND ears)!! Gah. She is really a slow maturer. Hoping that by 2 weeks' time (the SHOW!) her fur would be a little longer than it is now. The fur on her neck is unfortunately STILL curly despite my best efforts! I think I'm going to just have to spritz her neck with water and blowdry the fur straight right before she steps into the ring. That's really the only way to get it to stay straight!
Cadence has unfortunately realized that I'd stopped spraying bitter apple on Lyra's ears... so he's gone back to chewing on them! Bad dog, Cadence. Therefore I've now started to spray the bitter apple on them again. Really hoping that the alcohol inside won't make the fur more prone to breaking. It's a trick I learned from Papillon breeders, though. Some that I know of use bitter apple spray on the adults' ear fringes to get the puppies to stop chewing on them. Apparently, it works!
I haven't invested in a snood just because I think it would come off at least a dozen times a day, seeing how active and hyper Lyra is all the time. I imagine it's also pretty uncomfortable!
In other training news, been practising free stacking with Lyra lately... but it is HARD! She never stacks four square, and even when I try to get her to, she doesn't want to do it. I've been reading up on lots of articles and it seems that Cavaliers don't really have to free stack in a perfect four square? This would really make my life MUCH easier as Lyra is a pro at just standing still, wagging her tail, and staring at me. Her concentration is AWESOME when treats are involved, LOL.
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