Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Dr. Sherman called today to give me an update on Guiness. He is doing very well. Actually, he is ahead of schedule. Today he had Guiness do a lot of cone work with turns and serpentines. Normally that would aggravate Guiness limp. But Dr. Sherman said he did well and no signs of limping or tenderness of the muscle. Tomorrow he will fatigue him first in the underwater treadmill and then do the cone work to see how the muscle holds up. He expects to do the 2nd shock wave treatment next Monday or Wednesday and then go from there. If things continue on like this , he doesn't think Guiness will need a third treatment. Yea!!!!! Two weeks down, 2 to go.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I taped this video yesterday and was really proud of how she ran. She is focused forward instead of at me and running ahead of me. But then when I watched it today, I started to see things wrong. She missed the running contact. Yes she is running fast, but do I have control or is she just running the course? I should have rewarded the "easy" command. And how many times can I say "go"?
Today I went to an agility drop in class. There were all young dogs or first time agility people except me and another lady. I'm glad I went because its good to see how your dog reacts in new places. There were lots of sheep running next to the field. That didn't seem to be a problem. But the tunnel must have smelled interesting. She kept sniffing and standing inside of it. I had to walk off with my back to her, until she notice me and came running.
Of course , Miley did her usual circling stuff. She circles me between runs, when I am getting my shoes on for a walk, when I'm getting her food ready and when playing ball at the Field. I haven't been able to stop it. I wasn't even sure why she was doing it. The instructor felt that she is doing it to try to control the game. She doesn't want to wait and wants to keep playing. Or it could be that I added motion to soon. I need to get her to stop doing it. That's the hard part. She wont come to me when she starts the circling behavior. So, she told me to play a game on the agility field with light colored treats. Have her sit in front of the jump, throw the treat on the other side of the jump and send her. When she goes to the jump, you go out to one side of the jump or the other and call her back to you. ( not back over the jump). I may need to keep a line on her. Also play this game on the agility field, but without any jumps.
Miley wont stay at a jump and let me do any amount of a lead out. (Also a control thing) Every time I tried to take a step, she took off and went over 3 jumps in a row. So the instructor told me to stand next to her , put her in a sit-stay, then take on step back (with just one foot) and then bring your leg back to where it was. If she stays, she gets a treat. This worked very well. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Then slowly go sideways and forward in small increments. Another sit -stay exercise is to sit your dog in front of the jump, you step over the jump and turn around an reward the dog for staying. Then turn back around and call the dog over the jump. This also worked well.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Johann the dog has started a list of dog tricks on her blog. Ive tried 3 times to copy and paste and cant get it right. Maybe my daughter can help me.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Guiness had his first Shock wave treatment to his thigh muscle. He is doing well. I think they said they ice it for the next 48 hours and do tissue recovery. After that they will start low impact underwater treadmill.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
- I went to a Silvia Trkman seminar this past weekend in Raleigh-Durham, NC. If you want to read some other bloggers post on her seminar, go to "blogs I read" on the side of this blog. "Johann the Dog" and "Its a Spring Thing" wrote very nice post on Silvia's seminar in February. Silvia must be traveling the county.
I'm just going to talk about things I felt were interesting because the other two blogs I mentioned above will give you great information and are well written. One thing I noticed, since I was auditing, was that people didn't reward their dogs in the right spot. I'm not judging them because I'm not perfect either. I just think it is something we all need to think about. I would watch a dog do a part of the course that they struggled with. They would run the same sequence of 4-5 obstacle over and over. On the 4 time, the dog got it right and they just kept going. Sometimes they gave a small yes, but it wasn't enough for the dog to understand he did it right and that was what you wanted. The other thing I noticed was that most people do a 2 on/ 2 off but it didn't appear to be anymore successful then a running contact. (in my opinion) Many times they had to put the dog back on or run the contact again to have the dog do it right. Also some of the courses seemed really hard, like a tunnel that was curved and you came to the back of it and couldn't seen the entrance. The dog still made it into the entrance without a problem. So maybe the dogs can do more that we think. (or more than I think)
Now about Silvia. (now remember this is what I heard and people don't always hear the same thing) She only runs her dog on the agility course for about 1-2 minutes 2-3 times a week. She feels that your dog can not run full speed for a 10 minute training session or 20 minute session. The dog learns that he is going to be running for a long time so he doesn't give it his all in order to conserve his energy. She only wants her dog running full speed. For most of us this probably is unthinkable. But she does run her dogs in the woods for 2 hours everyday. While in the woods she is practicing with them. But she doesn't call it practice. She has them jumping logs, doing turns around trees with crosses and other agility things but she is just not on the agility field. She is also making her dogs fit for agility. I don't know if it was the trick training or the running through the woods, but La's running contact on the A-frame was awesome. It looked like the dog was floating on air as she went up and over. It looked effortless.
I went to the night lectures on puppy training and trick training. It felt like it was freezing while we sat outside. My feet were like ice. But when I got to my car, it said it was 50 degrees outside. I know I sound wimpy, but what can I say. This is the south and we are not tough. Anyway, she uses all her tricks to build up rear end awareness and strenght. She keeps the jumps low for a very long time. Her dogs and dogs she trains have never had jumping problems or problems dropping bars. She does no jump chutes either. It was funny to hear her talk about training methods she used with her dogs because someone told her to. And then how she feels that messed the dog up. Her older Pyrenees Shepherd was very scared of people . She she wanted to socialize him. She took him different places and had people feed him. She felt like this caused him more stress. ( I wonder if that's because she was rewarding the stressing behavior when she thought she was rewarding the positive interaction) So she stopped doing that. She decided that she just wanted him to be relaxed in different places. She felt like the dog started getting better when he felt it was ok to ignore the people. So her definition of socialization is to have to dog feel comfortable in as many places as possible. He doesn't need to socialize with people or other dogs. ( different from what we think socialization means) With La she did most of her trick training with luring. She feels this made La a fast runner on course but she can never think on course. Her border collie , she used all shaping techniques to do trick because luring at the time was "bad" . She feels this made the BC a thinker and he thinks to much on course to run fast. She also lets her puppies go on the agility course with her older dogs and run after them while the are running the course (as long as it is safe). Well people told her that she shouldn't let her border collie do this because it will make him herd the other dog and she wont be able to break that. So she didn't let run with the other dogs. She also feels this was a mistake and has made the border collie slow.
That's all I can think of right now.
I love these treats. I get them at a dog store near my house called "Wet Noses Oasis". They are about 4 inches by 4 inches and today I found out they are made from the skin of a cows face. Some of them have a hole in the middle of them. The hole is where the cows eye was. Anyway, I like them because they pull off in little pieces. They don't get soggy and soft like raw hides or pig ears and then get stuck in you dogs throat.