Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
The beagle hate Guiness
Again the weather is cold. Yesterday I worked with Miely. She hates the clicker. I guess the noise bothers her. She usually doesnt care about nosie but something about the clicker makes her back off. Im not sure I will continue using it. She also doesnt understand going over the jumps. I will set up several jumps in a row. The bars are still on the ground. And she will just run by them. But if I target, she runs over the jumps. I guess she still doesnt understand her job. So another thing to add to the list. The list is getting long.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I usually walk the 2 shelties first and the chihuahuas second. But today the shelties wouldn't come to the door for their collars and leashes. But the chihuahuas did. So I took the chihuahuas first. Boy were the shelties shocked. They were ready and waiting when I got back.
I ran Miley over the dogwalk this afternoon. Its only 16 inches off the ground. I'm doing a running contact. First because I think is demotivated Guiness to stop all the time when running courses. Also I couldn't maintain them when I went to trails. So I decided to teach Miley a running contact. She has been doing well until today. Both runs she jumped the contact. I had the targets out there but without food. So I waited a while and ran them again, this time with food on the target and she was perfect. So I decided to add a clicker when she hits the bottom of the contact. I haven't used a clicker yet, so today we started learning what a clicker is. She was a little hesitant at first with the noise the clicker made, but quickly go over it.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Guiness was in rehab last week. I picked him up on Friday. He has been doing the underwater treadmill, heated US, laser therapy, ROM and acupuncture. On Saturday when I was extending his left rear leg I felt a pop in my hand. It happened every time I extended his leg. We have been doing extension exercises on him but this time the vet wanted me to do it while he was on his back and resting between my legs. I felt the pop on Sunday and Monday too. So I made an appt. with the ortho vet for next Monday. I'm hoping it is something that will help figure out what is wrong with him. It has been frustrating not being able to figure out what is wrong. 3 ortho vets, 2 regular vets and 2 rehab vets and nothing has been found. I talked to the rehab vet tonight. And she felt the pop too when he was there last week but the message didn't get passed on to me. She thinks it is instability in his knee. So now we wait and see what the ortho vet thinks.
Training with Miley can be overwhelming. She is 8 months old and I want to do everything right. So when you think of all the things there are to work on with a puppy , and there is a lot, its overwhelming. Today we went to the park and I threw the "chuck-it" for her. She loves that. I mainly just use it for a "go on" command and to burn off energy. She gets very excited when doing agility. She runs around you in a circle and unable to focus. So we have been doing focus work. I have been trying to teach a front cross and she has picked it up easily. My problems sometimes start when I start running. She gets excited and sometimes goes wide around jumps. I just ignore it and keep running. I don't want to slow her down. I did that with Guiness , trying to make everything perfect.