Training Conundrum

KromfohrlanderI have a training challenge. His name is Maze. His breed is Kromfohrl√§nder. 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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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!

Kromfohrländer in the USA

Maze the Kromfohrländer
Maze the Kromfohrländer

I had an opportunity recently that I just could not pass by. I’ve named him Maze and he’s a Kromfohrl√§nder who was born in Denmark. He is absolutely adorable!

I was surfing the web and I found this medium sized breed that sounded like they would really fit my personality. After talking with Mary from the Kromfohrländer Club of America, who told me that she was bringing three puppies from Denmark soon, what could I do? I could not resist. So on November 14, 2014, Maze joined our family.

Maze with Connor
Maze with Connor

I want to Ann Arbor Michigan to pick him up. And he is adorable. The Kromfohrl√§nder are a non-sporting breed, which is unusual for me. They were bred to be companions. Usually I like a working breed, mainly the herding breeds, but the Kromi’s excel at agility! If you do a search for Kromfohrl√§nder Agility on YouTube, you’ll find a ton of great Kromi’s doing agility. And Agility is still my main sport, even while I’m dabbling in some others as well.

Maze is a wonderful puppy. He is learning to sit and down. He’s already offing a sit even after only two training sessions. He does seem like he has more spunk, more attitude, than my Danish-Swedish Farmdogs. I do love the sweetness and the softness of the Farmdogs. I really don’t know what to expect with Maze, so hopefully I’ll blog about our training adventures. I’d like to start to blog more again. I need to clean up this darn blog and blog more about my dog adventures.

They were a breed discovered during World War II in Germany. The first was found by American soldiers and the breed got started with an oops breeding at Ilsa Schleifenbaum’s place in Seigen Germany. All the pups looked like the ‘Original’ Peter. And then he was bred to a few other dogs, and they looked like him, too. 10 years later, FCI said ‘yep. It’s a breed’ They come from Fox Terriers, and perhaps Grand Basset Griffon Vindeen. However, their ancestry isn’t really known. Visit The Kromi Club Website for some more history of the breed.

Maze is really fun to train so far. I was trying to get him to go in and out of the dog door, and he didn’t really like that very much. So for a while he stood outside on the patio like he was saying “Fine, I just won’t come in!”. ūüôā But I coaxed him in with some yummy freeze dried liver treats. ¬†He does like to play tug with my hair when he’s sitting behind me on the dog shelf. ¬†ūüôā ¬†He loves to play, and he’s already playing little tug games with me. He doesn’t really like his eyes or mouth messed with, so I’ll be teaching him the ‘chin’ cue so he’ll just place his chin in my hand. Then from there I can teach him other things like letting me see his teeth and clean his eyes. ¬†He settles down to sleep very, very well. He’s not one of those dogs that needs to be crated to calm down. He’ll play for a while, and when he’s tired, he’ll snuggle on the couch with me for a nice nap.

So it will be a fun adventure to see how Maze grows up and learns lots of new things!

At the Vet
At the Vet

Another Year Gone By 2013

IMG_6780Wow has it been a whole year almost already? I can’t believe it’s December of 2013. Wow! This month Jet and I are going to Agility Invitationals in Orlando, Florida again. It will be fun and we are looking forward to it!

I think it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. We had a new addition to our family, another Danish-Swedish Farmdog. His name is Connor and he was born in Sweden in June 2013. He is an absolute doll and I’m so thrilled he’s part of our pack. Hopefully well be able to do agility together, and obedience, maybe some flyball, and we’ve already been doing some tracking!

Since I retired on August 1 of this year, I haven’t been on the computer much anymore. I was a computer programmer and was on the computer All The Time. So now that I have more free time, I am not spending it on the computer!

However mayhap I’ll try to post more on the blog in the next little while. Though if you can’t find me here, I’m usually pretty chatty on Facebook. ūüôā

MACH Jet!

Well we went back to Agility for the Memorial Day trial, the last weekend in May. Jet’s physical therapist said he was doing well and we could give it a try. Ended up he did awesome that weekend. We went into the weekend needing 71 speed points for his MACH.

He Double Qd every day.. and even though I ran as fast as I could that last day, I was still a bit nervous on our last JWW run, and it caused Jet to hesitate just a bit before a jump. Not enough to call a refusal… but, enough that we were .09 seconds over the time we needed for the last bit of speed points! We ended that trial with 749 speed points! Oh boy, that was stressful!

I took Jet to Blackfoot, Idaho, and he did awesome. We went into the trial needed that one last speed point (He had 28 double Qs going into that trial), and we were lucky and able to Q the very first Standard run. Yay! He got 19 speed points that run, which gave us Jet’s MACH! I’m so thrilled!

MACH Jet!
MACH Jet!

It’s my 10th season doing agility, and Jet is my 3rd agility dog, and this is my very first MACH. I guess the third dog is the charm. He’s not super fast, but he’s very consistent. We came out of the Blackfoot 4 day trial with two more Double Qs and about 86 points towards his MACH2.

I just adore this little boy. He’s the first Danish-Swedish Farmdog with a MACH.

MACH Victory Lap
MACH Victory Lap

Earlier that week we did Obedience as well, in Filer, Idaho. Jet needed one more leg for his CD. Of course the day was clear all day, until the afternoon when we went into the ring. Then the thunder started to boom and, during the stay group, the rain hammered on the roof of the metal building so loud that we could hardly hear the judge say “return to your dogs.” But Jet was awesome, held it together for the run through and the stays, and he qualified with a score of 186. Yay! So Jet got his CD and his MACH in the same week.

I sure do adore my boy!