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. ūüôā

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!

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

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