When our teacher bred his puppies he used his own bitch and used Lego, the school’s dog. As a payment for the use of Lego he gave one of his puppies to the school. Falk is that puppy. As an 8-week little guy he was the runt of the litter and so, obviously, he was given to the school. Unfortunately for our teacher and fortunately for the school Falk turned out to be huge and a very dedicated running dog.
I might have already said this but he is described as being an arrow, he runs straight ahead in the direction you put him. He isn’t distracted by anything (except if he is running next to his mom.) He is a powerhouse. While he and Maxmanus are almost carbon copies of each other (they have the same coloring) but Falk is the “grown up boy” while Maxmanus is the little one. Another different between the two of them is, obviously, how tall Falk is compared to Maxmanus. But dogs like to jump up to you and hang on but while Max’s head barely reaches my chin Falk is almost taller than I am.
When moving the dogs from their chains to the lines, we grab the dog by the collar and hold them up, forcibly making the dogs walk on their back legs. Some dogs reject this idea (like Mini) and others hop along surging forward with each jump (like Wolf) and others we can loosely hang onto their collars as they mosey into their spots (like Hedda and the other two old dogs). This little of puppies though is completely difficult. Snasken likes to hug you and since he is so long is very difficult to keep between your legs when putting the harness on. Bolt is always too excited, trying to surge forward. Max, in all his weirdness, is super excited as well, already beginning to bounce and can easily knock you in the jaw. Falk’s issue is his jump. He is so excited to run that he springs forward with so much force and, as the supposed leader, you really have no choice but to go the direction Falk takes you.
Of all the dogs and the caution of not letting the dogs loose, this year Falk has escaped the most. The great thing about him though is that he has been whistle trained and will come bounding back with a simple whistle. Our teacher taught him that and it is pretty amazing to see. Once a dog realizes he is loose, especially if we are lining the dogs up to go out, they take off, super excited. Eventually they will come back but it can turn into a mad hunt trying to bring them back. Falk, though, at hearing the whistle, will make an immediate U-turn and come bounding back.
When I was trying to get picture of Falk, he was not cooperating. He was so excited that he was moving every which way and it was impossible to get any good shots. Someone suggested whistling and the result was amazing. He froze on the spot, turn his head to me, and waited to see what was next.