Nosework Practice on a Friday

IMG_5592Did some Nosework training at home today! I wanted to work the dogs on alerts too… since they don’t really have strong alerts and I’d like them to be nice and obvious. And I know I know… UKC rules say they can’t be aggressive alerts… like a Paw… but, I’m sticking with the paw. Ya’ll can sue me. I hope it will be a gentle paw. Jet is going to do a sit or a down, whichever he prefers. Quinn has an awesome paw touch in Barn Hunt and I’m keeping that. He’s not aggressive with it, it’s just like he’s saying “Paw there it is, let’s find the next one.” Connor I’d like him to be able to really communicate to me his indicator. He needs a nice clear confident alert. Maze hasn’t done much indication… I’ve been just clicking/treating for when he’s on the odor. But I would like a nice clear indication with him too.

So here are today’s Videos. Maze got a little tiny bit of 2o2o board work too. It’s not a 2o2o yet.. it’s just getting him to walk on the board. 🙂

Maze Board:

Maze Nosework 01:

Maze Nosework 02:

Connor Nosework:

Quinn Nosework:

Jet Nosework:

Maze and Crate Games!

20150709_165912I don’t usually train formal crate games… I mean the Susan Garret Formal DVD type Crate Games. I do encourage my dogs to love the crate, lots of treats in there, lots of good times, and relaxing too when they hang out there at trials most of the day.

When I was at the agilty barn yesterday, one of the things Maze kept doing was going back into his crate. So a light bulb came on over my head… and I said to myself, “Train Crate Games!”

Maze seems to really enjoy these. He got four short training sessions today. The last one incorporated the mat. I know that Susan Garret says you shouldn’t run with the dogs… but Maze loves it when I run with him, and so I tried to run in my little front room.

Here is a video of Maze’s first and second trainings. I put these together into one video. The first bit I had the crate turned sideways which wasn’t good, he couldn’t run in. So I moved it so it was length-wise:

Second bit:

And then with the mat. I love his happy tail. Eventually I let him go to the crate on his own. Also, I won’t train this every day… maybe once or twice a week. Maze gets bored when he does things over and over again. Been there done that!

This is How I Train

So here are some of my other dogs’ training videos. I will probably put Maze’s training videos in posts dedicated to him. The rest of the dogs I may lump into the same posts. Either that or I’ll have just too many posts. I’ve been training almost every day. I’m retired now, and so I love to train with the dogs first thing in the morning. I clicker train. I do tell my dogs no when they do something I don’t want them to do (more in life than in training, but sometimes in training too).

Here are Connor’s training videos from today. Connor is a Danish-Swedish Farmdog and he loves to learn and train. He’s a bit less confident than my other Farmdog, Jet, but Connor is sweet and loving and very soft:

Perch Box:

Begging on Cue:

Settle, the precursor to roll over:

Connor’s back up is good!:

Jet is learning how to roll himself up in a blanket. I can do a post just on his progress, as I’ve uploaded quite of few videos of him learning. He’s awesome. He knows all the little doodles that I am training the other dogs, so I had to train something with him that would challenge him and myself. He does awesome! Jet is also a Danish-Swedish Farmdog:

Cuddle Up!:

Rear Up:

Quinn is my smooth blue collie boy. He’s learning some obedience doodles like signals. In this first video I’m trying to get him to wait before he throws another behavior at me. I’m trying to teach him signals and a stand and a little back too. I don’t know if we’ll every compete in obedience… I love to train obedience. I just get so nervous in the obedience ring. But the training is really fun:

Signals and Wait for Cue:

Rollover:

Training Conundrum

KromfohrlanderI have a training challenge. His name is Maze. His breed is Kromfohrländer. He’s not new to my household. I’ve had him since he was a baby, since November 2014. He was born August 20, 2014. I absolutely adore him. Let me get that on the table right off the bat. I love his personality. I love how he rolls on his toys and his chews, even outside in the snow. I love how he’s learning to “Voof” when I’m in the kitchen and he wants something. I love how he lays against me sometimes, even though he has to do it in his own time on his own terms. And I absolutely think he’s the cutest dog I’ve ever seen.

One of the things that I’m trying to convince Maze is a fun thing to do, is get on something that moves. This is mostly for the teeter in agility. But also is good for balance and coordination. Maze, however, is not being convinced that it is a good thing. I’ve been working with him on the wobble board, and little moving board, since September 2015. My other dogs have been just fine with moving things, and usually they will throw themselves all over the object for treats.

Maze isn’t very treat motivated. With him, I could easily make the mistake of making treats bad, if I pair them with something bad… instead of making the thing good. He likes toys, but still not so enthusiastically that they would convince him things he’s unsure about are good and fun. So I’m trying to figure out how to convince him things that move are not scary. He doesn’t like the noise made by the moving objects either. And the bang of the teeter can send him running.

I haven’t trained the wobble board with maze since December 23, 2015. I decided, since I didn’t think he was making good progress, that I’d stop all together and train other things instead. So we’ve been doing some Nosework training and little games.

Here’s some of the videos I’ve taken of him and the wobble board and moving board. I think, perhaps, I’ve actually pushed him too much and he’s now developed an conditioned emotional response to the wobble board and thinks of it in a negative manner. And I even think this may be leeching into our other training, so while he seems to want to enjoy training, there’s just an underlying feeling I get that he’s feeling like the training is too hard, or I’m pushing him too much, or he’s just feeling too much pressure from it.

Two training items he seems to really like. One is the Nosework. I get a happy feeling from him about Nosework. The Second is he loves it when I throw treats then run the other way. This probably makes it so he doesn’t have the pressure of ME right next to him.

Speaking of pressure right next to him, another thing he does, when I sit on the floor and ask for little sits and downs, he always backs away from me. So, after discussing this with a friend who has a lot of experience and great ideas, I think I am too much pressure for Mr. Maze and I need to reward away from myself with tossed treats.

I’m thinking about him a lot. I love how he is challenging me to train in new ways and find things he loves, and convince him training is super fun. I want a happy dog!

Most Recent time on the Wobble Board, December 23, 2015:

December 18, 2015 Wobble Board:

October 9, 2016

First time on the Wobble Board, September 25, 2015:

I follow Denise Fenzi’s blog, and she had this awesome blog post recently. She titled it Controversy She said if you are a trainer, instead of arguing about how you train, just post videos, turn off the comments, and let the videos speak for themselves. Well I added a bunch of words. But I’m going to disallow comments on these posts because sometimes I get too overwhelmed with input. So please feel free to read and follow me, and if you absolutely need to talk to me, you can find me on Facebook. 🙂

Training Multiple Performance Dogs

IMG_20150129_170627 Now I have four performance dogs that are either competing or in training. Actually, Chase, our BC mix, is still doing flyball, but he will be 12 years old this year and is mostly retired. Tatum, our 11ish year old smooth collie girl is also retired. Thank goodness for husbands who take them on lots of walks. 🙂

Working with multiple performance dogs is a challenge! I am starting to realize that not all of them are going to all the lessons that we are taking. Unfortunately this is due to a shortage of money. Not really a shortage of time. I love all these dogs and I want to see them do as much as they possibly can. Maze, being a Kromfohrlander, will not do herding lessons as he is a companion (non-sporting) breed. I will probably see if he has any instinct, though, just for fun.

IMG_20150128_120504 But due to money constraints, only Jet and Quinn are currently taking herding lessons. Connor and Quinn are taking agility lessons. I’ve been tracking with all four, but I may concentrate on Jet mostly, and see how the rest of them do. Time is, actually, a bit of a factor too. Even being retired!

IMG_0230 Jet is still my all-around amazing boy. He will be six years old this year… ugh. I keep telling him he has to stop aging now. He is my most versatile, smart, wonderful boy. I do want to get his TD so that he can have his AKC Versatility title. I am working on that. I need to post more about tracking and our issues. I think Jet waits for my cues… which he can’t, he needs to tell me where to go when we track!

IMG_0083 I’m also helping to organize Utah Barn Hunts. I created the Barn Hunt Club of Northern Utah, LLC., opened a bank account, and am helping organize the trials here in Utah. Quinn will be entered. He’s a collie, so not sure how much instinct he will have. But he can definitely be trained to find the rat in the tube!

I am doing so much now, between agility, herding, tracking, barn hunt, trying out some nosework. Obedience has gone on the way-side, just not enough time for it. Oh and Flyball too, back into Flyball again. It’s all fun. Though I never have enough time to clean my house.

I love all the dogs I have, and I’m so lucky to be able to do all the fun things with them that we do!