March 28 Update

Just a quickie update. We have class tomorrow night, but working with Levi and Chase this weekend was fun!

Chase is really getting his 2×2 weaves down! I can set that jump up, and he goes over it, and gets the 2×2 weave entry in the yard almost every single time. 🙂 9 times out of 10 for sure. He is a bit weak when I’m on the outside and he is inside nearer the polls, but we can work on that. It is just how we play, and throwing that toy as a reward seems to work great. 🙂

Levi, I’m working on his contacts. Have a board at home and we are getting a good solid 2o2o at the end of it. Hopefully that’ll transport over to the contacts, but we are doing so gradually in stages.

Lucy is doing a great job of retrieving the treat bag for me! And Angel is learning all the voice commands and hand signals for all the tricks she knows. 🙂

Training Notes

Some dog training notes for the boys (Lucy is limping and out of commission, and Angel trains just for fun).

Levi: Took Levi to an agility run-through yesterday. I’m trying to get him to only do his tricks on cue. So we are working on sit, down, stand, back. Randomly, to see how he does.

Well, he anticipates a LOT. And offers behaviors. So I’ve also incorporated a wait in there, with my finger up, so he will stand still and do nothing. That also gets rewarded.

I was squatting down because that is how he learned the back, and it seems he needs to be reminded how to do it before I can stand with him going back. So I was squatting and doing the circuit, and every time I said sit, he would down! Goof head boy. 🙂

So for some odd reason I stood up, and then had him do them all. Well, low and behold, the boy sat! So, it seems that my body position is dependent on that sit, as well as the back. Which is just a bit funny. I will be reworking his sit with a treat over his nose when I’m squatting, so he gets the idea.

Chase: This boy is doing really well. I’ve noticed that if I bring out treats while trying to toy train him, he shuts out the toy and focuses on the treats. So… gotta just work on the toy first, I think, and then bring treats in for other activites.

I bought a new tire jump from ebay and it came last week. I also bought a teeter base. I set up the tire, and Chase has already figured out that if he goes over/through/under something that I set up, it’s a good thing. 🙂 He even went under the teeter base! LOL cutie boy.

I had him running through the tire pretty quickly. Will practice angles of entry next, and then height, but not any height for a while yet.

The 2×2 weaves are messing with me a little bit. I’m not sure I understand that one entry is okay (him going away from me), while the other (him coming toward me) is not. It’s a gate either way, isn’t it? Hrm.. I’m a bit confused. And he doesn’t seem to wrap around the poll at all when I’m half-mooning it. I will probably ask in class tomorrow night.

Otherwise, having fun!

February 2005

Life goes on, eh? 🙂 Things are good. I’m running 3.5 miles now regularly… or mostly regularly. Sometimes I’ll go the 2.93 mile route, if it’s a particularly hard run, but usually it’s 3.5 miles. Which is more than a 5k, so I can probalby do a 5k in April. Though I hope I’m not nasty slow.

It is cold… was 12F this morning. Ugh. Not fun at all. I want spring to come, I’m buying brightly colored clothes because I’m tired of the dull drab weather and snow. It snowed a lot yesterday, today is sunny but freezing cold.

Agility is fun. Haven’t had a trial since Jan but there will be another one on the 19th of this month. That’ll mark the first trial I ever went to last year. 🙂 I’m excited. 1 Year and we are in open, I think that’s awesome!

Clicker training the dogs is a riot. Been working on getting them to go backwards. All of them but Lucy has it down pat. 😀 Lucy, however, gets too frantic about the treats and is having a hard time moving backward for me to mark her with the clicker. We’ll get it, though! I think Chase needs to learn to roll over. 😀

Another Week Gone By

So well then.

Last weekend was more agility. Goodness I’m so addicted! I love agility. 🙂 Levi did really well, except he had a couple bad things that kept him from Qualifying. He got 1 Q out of 3.. he got his first JWW Open Q, so that was good. He almost got his standard both runs, but one he missed the weaves 2ce (for two refusals) and the other he knocked a darn bar. Triple spread jump. I hate that jump. My classmate brought her triple spread to class so we can practice it for a while, as Nick also dropped a bar or two.

Otherwise it was great fun. What a wonderful way to spend the weekend. I brought Lucy, too, and ran her in novice standard. She did really well! Walked across that darn broad jump, though. But that’s okay, I’m going to practice the broad jump at home, see if we can fix that and get her standard novice preferred title. Then she’ll be done with agility.

Chase is the smartest boy ever. He is learning his wait really well! I’m impressed with the boy. (Dont tell the collies, but I think he’s smarter lol.) But then, I’m working with him when he is young, and I know oh so much more than when the collies were young. 🙂 And I love the positive training.

Anyway… the server is coming back online. Most is up. I need to work on the utahdogs.com site, it’s boring now, needs some spice. 🙂

Going Along

Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving. Hrmph. Too weird, it comes way too fast anymore. Tomorrow is the big day. Should be fun. We are doing the typical feasting at my Mom and Dad’s house. I do love the holidays.

I got my web server mostly going again. Photo galleries are up. Main web page is up. Web cam is going. UtahDogs.com is up again on a new board, restored from the old. I don’t think the permissions are set quite right, though, because I’m not able to change the templates remotely. I’ll need to check on that. I need to get it going again. It was a nice site, now it’s just the board, rather boring. And I don’t think any of the pictures came across, so I need to get that set up, too.

But, agility this weekend, and I think it’s only 1 ring, so Sat and Sun will both be all dayers.

I think I’m going to take Lucy, too. I took her to the vet last night and she seems okay. She could have arthritis, but the vet moved here here and there, this way and that, and said she doesn’t have a very good range of motion, especially in her left elbow, but she doesn’t seem unhealthy in any way. We got some anti-inflammatories to see if they might help. So perhaps Lucy just doesn’t like to jump. I just don’t want her to be in any pain.

She is just not a motivated pup. She likes eating, and laying around, and going on slow walks. But going fast is not her style. Silly girl. She is hard for me to train and motivate. Levi is easier, and Chase will probably be easier too. Levi is a pleaser boy and I think Chase is mostly too.

I haven’t worked with Chase much yet… been concentrating on Lucy and Levi. Mostly Lucy with that last UKC trial. She did pretty good, and would have Q’d had she gone over the jumps instead of around them. Silly goof. 🙂