Sunday, August 31, 2008
Yesterday we took the dogs to the lake. They had a great time. Guiness actually played and ran up and down the little beach area. This is a small island, maybe 3 acres, so I hope I cant lose Guiness here. The beach is very small, so I can see him at all times. Miley actually got into the water up to her chest on her own. I did bribe her to swim with hot dogs. She actually stayed out in the water and swam around a little before going back to the beach. Yea!! The only negative was when we were back at the boat dock. Our boat slip is all the way at the end of the dock, so its a long walk back to the end of the dock to get to your car. We were almost to the end and I stopped to open the gate door. Miley just fell off the dock into the water. I didn't even hear her hit the water, the leash just went tight and I looked over and she was in the water swimming. Its about a 3 foot drop. I just reach down and picked her up. She didn't seem upset or concerned and walked happily up to the car. So I'm hoping that it didn't make a bad impression.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ive been reading Linda M. book on jumping. I'm trying to figure out Miley's jumping style . I think she is combination of rounded and inverted. What do you think? She look rounded but then her head is up and not absorbing the impact as she lands, which is an inverted style.
Running contacts: Ive used the box to help with contacts on the dogwalk and its working great. She is now hitting right in the middle of the yellow contact area. Will see if it holds up as I take pieces of the box off. (Im not ready for that yet) The box on the a-frame is another story. She is hitting in the yellow but right at the first slated area. I would like her to be a little lower so that the judge can be sure she was in the yellow. So tonight I moved the box down into the yellow just a few inches and it made a big difference. We we also see how that pans out.
O,yea. I took Guiness to the vet yesterday. His two guesses where the same as mine. Its either ringworm or mange. Nothing showed up under the black light. He scraped it and looked at it under the microscope. No mange. So he pulled out some hair from the site and sent it for a fungal culture. He told me to keep treating it with the cream I have until we see what comes back. He didn't want me to spend any money on another cream so I would have money to come back next week. He was just kidding about coming back next week. I told him I should just have my pay check directly deposited in his account. He laughed and said that works for him.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I finally got to a private lesson and and class. I figured if I was going all that way for a class, I might as well do a lesson. Miley has been dropping a lot of bars lately. "M" watched her her do some jump grids and she felt that Miley had good form over the jumps. She is using her back end to propel herself over the bar. She feels that Miley just wants to run fast and isn't realizing she is dropping bars. She set up a jump grid program for me to work on with Miley.
Then I had her watch me do serpentines because those weren't going well either. Well, I was standing to far back from the jumps and giving Miley to much room, which was giving Miley the wrong information about where to jump too. Plus I had her set up straight at the jump, instead of sideways.
Then she watched Miley weave. She felt that Miley's weaving was good. I need to work on entries more. When I'm moving the jumps around the clock into the weave poles, I'm moving them to much for a young dog. I need to only move them inches at a time.
Next she had me walk this course and run Miley. I don't know why but I did a come to heal from #1 to #2 , then when she came out of the tunnel I had her kinda come to heal againto jump #3 and then I rear crossed her going into the tunnel #4. So when she came out of the tunnel I was behind her and my call to the next tunnel was late. So she came straight out of the tunnel heading toward the a-frame. "M" told me to run it again, and this time use post turns. This got me ahead of Miley coming out of tunnel #4 ,so that I could direct her better to tunnel #5. It work so much better than what I did. But I still pushed her off her line a little going to tunnel # 5. This is a good reason why I need to go to classes. I never would have thought of that. It amazed me how much better that little change helped the dog. (I know Im easily amazed). That was the end of the private lesson. After the lesson, Miley kept going up to "M"'s 6 month old puppy that helps guard the sheep. Miley wanted to play. So "M" got her Jack Russell puppy out, but Miley wouldn't play. So "M" got out her boarder collie puppy. Miley almost played but didn't. I guess she felt is was safe to try to play with the dog behind the fence as long as they don't get to close. Funny dog.
Next was the class. Only one other person came to the class. We worked on the circle of death. Serpentines and threadles. Then we ran this little sequence.
we ran it a bunch of different ways. Miley did really well except for a few times while jumping over the broad jumps, half way across she would give herself some more lift by pushing off one of the middle planks. She wants to fly I think. The other thing I need to work on is having the dog come out of the tunnel, she crosses in front of me and then takes one of the side jumps. So a rear cross. I hope that makes sense. All in all it was a good class.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Mickey got his teeth cleaned yesterday and they had to pull 3 teeth in the front. They were all loose. He did fine. He was also micro chipped. I told them to make sure the micro chip was in because Mickey will not tolerated putting that back in again like Miley did. Guiness's blood work came back normal.
Last year: T4 .8
This time T4 1.8
But he is still not acting right. This morning again he refused to go for a walk. Hummmmmm!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Today is the last day of vacation. Tomorrow I go back to work. Boooooooo! Its been raining since last night and Miley is beside herself with boredom. I did walk them this morning before the rain started up again. Guiness wouldn't go for a walk. I got him to the street and he wouldn't move. He has never done that before. I have walked him every morning for the last 3 years. Sometimes he doesn't go for the first half of the walk, but usually when I come back with the chihuahuas, he is waiting. Today he wasn't waiting but he did come for treats. But like I said, when he got to the street , he wouldn't move. So I put him back in the house and just took Miley. I did give him some pain medication with his breakfast. Then about 1 hour later, I took Miley and Guiness to the park to walk. He did that with no problems. His blood work was all normal, but we are still waiting on the free T4. So, I'm not sure what is wrong with him. He just seem like he doesn't want to do anything but lie on the couch. No limping except his usual limp that no one can figure out what is wrong.
Below is the video from yesterday, I think. The box a-frame is looking pretty good. I'm made a new box that fits the dog walk and have started training that too.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Then I found a pile of vomit in the living room . It was small pieces of the nylon leash Guiness had on when he was lost. Do you think it could have been in his stomach all this time? There is no where else he could have gotten that leash. I threw the other one that I had away because it made me feel sick to see it. He has been acting weird lately, but no stomach problems. He has been eating and going to the bathroom ok. The only thing is he hasn't had much energy. He wont chase or play with toys. He doesn't want to go for walks but once I get him going he seems fine. I took him to the vet on Tuesday for his yearly exam. I ask them to draw a T4 and free T4. Last year his T4 was .8 (nl was 1-4) and his free T4 was 12 (nl was 8-40). The vet called yesterday and said they didn't get enough blood and I needed to bring him back in. I figured I take him in Monday, that way the blood doesn't sit around all weekend. But maybe he just had a rope in his stomach. Hmmmmm.
I was suppose to go to a seminar with Karen Holik this weekend but some how my spot got messed up and I was changed from a working spot to auditor. I decided not to go. I would rather work my dog. I need practice on front crosses because I'm late, late, late..... So now on Saturday, I'm going to Lander University with my son for a campus tour.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Here is Miley's box work for the a-frame. She is pretty consistent about missing the box 1 in 7 times. This was yesterdays video. Tonight , I worked on running all the way down the line and she hit the box every time. In a couple of days I will put the box on the a-frame. The video is pretty boring. But if you see something I'm doing wrong, let me know.
Its so hot lately, its miserable! Its 90 degrees by 10am and sill 90 degrees at 10pm. The only time to work the dog is in the early morning. But the problem is the grass is wet with dew. Miley doesn't like running on it. Its slippery , which is dangerous. That means there is no good time to work. I ran her a little through the weave poles yesterday afternoon . She was so hot, she almost laid down in the baby pool. She was standing there and then went into a bow. I was so excited. But then she changed her mind. Drats!!