Tag: Training

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:

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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!

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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:

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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!

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Our Screaming and Barking Solution

What to do when the dogs think it’s super fun to go screaming and barking down the hall, when something exciting happens in the other room? This is the solution my husband and I came up with, and it’s working really well!

My husband is quite often in the basement, as is typical anymore, on his computer. Me and the dogs are upstairs in the bedroom, me with my kindle, the dogs with some bully sticks on the bed. This is the picture of our winter evenings since it’s 10 degrees outside and there’s nothing much on TV.

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Jet and Quinn on the bed

Before we got Quinn, when my husband came up, Jet would get barky and growly on the bed, stand up, and woof. Just more in an alert type of way, probably because things sound funny to him in our house. Not really a big issue and he’d say hi to my husband and give him some good licks after the initial woof.

Enter Quinn last June. This behavior escalated to full blown screaming and running and barking down the hall with both of the boys, when my husband came up. Okay, this behavior was unacceptable and quite annoying. Plus if the dogs got too high or grumpy, a fight could result, which we didn’t want to have happen either.

So I was thinking, if I only knew when my husband was coming up, I could provide a good distraction to the boys, such as treats or a game or something.

Just to note, Tatum could care less who was barking and running down the hall, and would just give the boys’ that girl look that said “boys are stupid.” 🙂 And the border collies are downstairs with my husband, so the issue was only with Jet and Quinn.

I decided to look up those remote type doorbells that are either motion sensitive, or something my husband could ring, that would warn me of his coming up. We decided on a doorbell that would wirelessly ring a chime upstairs in my bedroom.

We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, and I must say, the results are awesome! After only about 2 or 3 rings of the door-chime, Jet realized that it meant treats! So now when it goes off, he immediately orients to the dresser where I keep the treats, and he’s ready for his yummies. Quinn usually just does what Jet does (since Jet is coolest big brother ever).

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Boys in the Bedroom

Now when I’m comfortably reading my Kindle, and the door chime goes off.. we have some nice and calm yummy treats. Usually my husband is letting the other dogs outside, so after some treats, I let Jet and Quinn go off into the other room, and they are nice polite boys and walk calmly down the hall to see what’s going on.

Woo hoo! I just love it when things work. I’m hoping that eventually, just the act of my husband coming up will trigger that treat response in the boys, and we won’t have to use the door-chime anymore. But even if not, it’s working like a charm!

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