Training Makes Tired

Levi Tired Yesterday was a busy day. I got maybe three hours of work done in the morning… then the dog things started. And, of course, dog things are more fun that work so work got the back seat.

I met my friend for a split private lesson with our obedience instructor. She got to work her sheltie, and I got to work Levi. We went over a lot of the little things that I haven’t yet taught Levi about obedience. The ins in turns so he’ll stay close. The sit at the halts. And we also worked the dumbbell a bit since now that he has his CD he can go into open, and we have to get that dumbbell polished up! He did really well. We have a box that I stand in so when he comes to do a front, he hops in the box so he knows exactly where he should position himself. He did really well. He’s a good boy, he learns fast, and he knows how to learn so I just have to work these things with him at home on a regular basis and he’ll catch on quick.

Then after the lesson we grabbed a quick sandwich from Subway then we went to watch Penny get filmed for a commercial! I have never watched that before and it was fun! The thing that struck me as most important is dogs that act really have to have distance work. The person has to stay way out of camera shot, so the dog has to be able to do her behaviors far away. Which isn’t something the average dogs knows how to do. Even my dogs don’t know it well, but the obedience training comes in handy here as there is a lot of distance work in the advanced levels of obedience. Penny did great! She is such a cutie and it was really fun to watch!

After that I went home and sat on the couch for about an hour… which went by too fast. Then I got my nails done, then came home and then went to agility practice.

Levi was pooped but he did really well. We were watching him weave and when we put the guides on the first polls, Levi drops his head better and has more speed to get into the weaves. So we are thinking that maybe he just needs that little guide on the first poll. Not even the whole guide, but just a clasp on the poll so he knows where to drop his head and focus. Interesting… I’m getting a full set of competition weaves this weekend so I’m going to practice this and hope it helps! Gotta get my collie boy weaving!

Chase got to do agility practice too, and boy I have to say he is so good. He just flows, he pays attention, and I have really a lot of fun running him. I need more vidoes of him to put up. Hopefully I’ll get some from the next USDAA trial in a couple of weeks.

This weekend is flyball! We are excited except that it’s supposed to be 105 degrees in St. George, Utah. Ugh! I just hope the building is air conditioned!

19 thoughts on “Training Makes Tired”

  1. LOL Penny looked just like Levi when we got home. Well, maybe a little smaller and scruffier, but crashed out on the bed just the same! I’m so glad that you got to come to the commercial shoot, it was a blast!

    Maries last blog post..Proud of Penny

  2. My, you were busy. And you’re right, dog things are always more fun than working. It’s not every day you get to see a commercial filmed too.

  3. 105 in Utah? Its barely in the 90s here in Florida.

    I just wanted to thank you for your work. We have a Sheltie we got from a rescue organization, and while she may not be the smartest dog, she is still one of the most beautiful and loving dogs we have ever had. You people do great work.

  4. Thanks for visiting my site! My dog was a German Shepherd. We are very interested in doing agility with the smaller German Shepherd we still have. We had to have a trampoline for her in the backyard, or the kids would never have been able to get on theirs. I look forward to your agility updates.

    Simply Jenns last blog post..Confessions of a city girl gone country

  5. Hoy Cow Woman ! Where DO you get this energy from !?!? Oh, good goin’ on the Subway, ya know a Veggie Delite 6″ is only 4 points btw 🙂 XO

  6. Hi! I think my Moms wants to enroll me in these agility classes as well as something more challenging like a course to become a good K9 citizen. The thing is, she still hasn’t found the time or put the effort. One day who knows, I’ll have a job…

    Sushis last blog post..It’s Valentine’s Day again!

  7. Hi chris.. yeah it was fun to watch the commercial not sure if I’ll ever get to do that again.

  8. Hi Joe.. you have humidity too, though, which makes it feel hotter. At least it’s dry here. 🙂 That’s great you adopted a sheltie! I love shelties.

  9. Hi Jenn! Not too many German Shepherds do agility but they are smart dogs! It depends on how they are built, really. They have to be structurally sound and have good hips.

  10. Hey Chris! My energy is waning fast… this week has been so busy. If Only I didn’t have to work I would be so happy! Tomorrow I get to sleep in and then take a leisure drive to St George, I’m looking forward to that!

  11. Hey Sushi… I bet you’d love agility! My dogs love it a lot. 🙂 It does take a lot of time, though.

  12. Hi!
    Great to meet you, and thanks for stopping by our blog. Ari has been doing agility on and off for a year now, and we both really love it. She’s her class champion when it comes to the zoomies!

    We look forward to reading future posts here. Cheers!

    Kathryn and Aris last blog post..Robin’s Egg Blues

  13. Good luck in St George!!!

    I always wondered how to get dogs into commercials!! I bet Marley would be good at that!! She loves the attention and learns out to do things so easily that I can teach her whatever it is they want her to know!!

    Christys last blog post..Finally Getting Better!!!

  14. We do have a lot of humidity, and its been raining every day this week. Hot and Wet isn’t the best.

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