Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
My daughter painted this on her bedroom wall the other night after I went to bed. Its hard to be mad when you think it looks pretty good.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
So this video is of me teaching and learning to do false turns and threadles. The first two runs are false turns to get into the correct tunnel entrance. Then second one doesn't look to good. Then we run a serpentine and that looks good. Then we start the threadle practice. I thought that when I was practicing that I was not just pulling my shoulder back but also stepping back with the same leg to cue the dog to pull in . But I was surprised to see in the video that I was only pulling my shoulder back. Hmmmm. Then as we are practicing she drops a bar. I rewarded anyway because she came in and that was what I was working on. Then she gets stuck doing a 180 three times instead of the threadle. So I set her up and I moved closer to the jumps to help her out more. Then she gets it. I noticed when I ran the treadle the other way she got it. Not sure if that meant she was understanding it or if she more comfortable on that side. Then I just let her run some fun stuff since what we were working on was hard and she did work hard to figure out what I wanted. So the last part is just fun stuff. I know this video isn't great and your probably wondering why I would post something that looks so bad. But its a learning process. Then you can go back and say , "wow, look how far we have come."
I took Guiness and Miley to the park to run off some energy. I took Guiness last week too. He ran the whole time fetching the ball. Most of the time he beat Miley to the ball. But the truth is Miley doesn't run full out when Guiness is going for the ball. She just lets him get it. She also wont play chase with him unless he has a toy in his mouth. Ive never seen him tag her but she must worry about it. Its funny, because Ive seen her tag him. Both of them played hard. I practiced downing them when coming with the ball. Then I would run and jump trying to get them to break their down. One time Guiness came running after me. Miley thought about breaking when Guiness did that, but she didn't. Yea Mi !! Guiness's leg must be feeling better. In June he couldn't chase the ball. He tried one time and gave up. That day he couldn't get into the car. Until last week, I hadn't taken him to play ball again. I didn't expect him to chase it. I was just trying to run Miley. But Guiness did it. I haven't seen any limping. Yea!!!! I'm not saying he is better but its nice if he can play ball again.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Miley's 2o/2o is getting better. She is understanding the feet on the board and off the board. Now I just need her to understand that she cant release until I tell her. This weeks practice has been on and off. Tuesday she was on fire but yesterday she seemed a little slow to me. I tried to work on making the table more valuable. I guess I did to good of a job because she started by passing obstacles just to get to the table.
I took the dogs to the park the other day. I walked them in the middle of the day hoping to avoid the bicycle people. We did good until we got back on the main trial. I didn't hear the bicycles coming before it was to late. So now I have rope burns across my knuckles from trying to get Guiness under control. I usually don't use a flexi-lead at the park because of this but that day I thought I was safe. Usually the bicycle people ride in the morning and evening but I guess that's not always. So now when I get on the main trail , I need to lock the flexi-leads so they are short.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I finally broke down and bought a new vacuum cleaner. I have a hoover that I bought 16 years ago and it still works. But I've been noticing lately it just isn't picking up like it use to. The other day I cleaned my car after the agility trial. I vacuumed the mats. I then turned the mat over to get the grass off the bottom and a bunch of dirt fell out. So that pretty much said it all right there. Yesterday I went to Sears to test the 2 vacuums I had narrowed the search down to. One was a Kenmore (consumer reports best buy) and the other was a Dyson canister. I chose the Dyson. It was lighter and easier to move the head around. The only negative was the electrical cord is very short. I brought the vacuum home. Wow, my carpets are really dirty. It has sucks up so much dirt , I just cant believe it. The only problem is, now every time I see some dog hair, I want to vacuum it up. ( Don't worry, I resisted the temptation)
The barking birdhouse is working again. I read the directions ( imagine that) and it said that if the microphone gets wet , it will stop working. After it drys, it will start working again. And it did.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
(sorry for the annoying dog barking in the back ground of the video. ) Since Miley seemed so excited when doing the board work in the yard, we decided to take the board inside. I also cut some of the board off to make it shorter. I think she is getting it now. I did notice that my clicks are still late. It doesn't feel late when I'm doing it, but when watching the video it seem really late. Today we practice the teeter game a couple of times. That really brings her to the end of the board. We ran some short sequences that went pretty well. There were some problems, like not reading the pinwheel and starting to lift up off the table before I said ok. So we worked on both those problems. We also did some weave poles. I added two poles to make it eight poles and she stayed in the poles until the end. So that was good. The last thing we did was practice some of the flat work on the "bridging the gap" video. I had her in a sit-stay and walked by her, jogged by her and then ran by her. And she stayed until the verbal "ok". I was surprised. I really thought when I ran by she would break, but she didn't. Yea!!
On a sad note, the birdhouse bark deterrent stopped working. It poured down rain yesterday and last night. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. Its suppose to be weather proof. So I took it inside for tonight to see if it needs to dry out. I hope it starts working again because things were great for a while.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
We also worked on the teeter. She showed me how to play the teeter game. You have your dog in a sit stay several yards from the teeter. You put yourself in front of the teeter right up next to the board facing the dog and have treats in your hand. Call your dog to you keeping your hand on the teeter so it cant drop until the dog gets to the edge of the board. When your dog gets all the way to the edge of the board you give the treat and drop the board. You can also lower the board with your hand under it if your dog isn't ready for the board just dropping.
We practiced this set up that she had used in her last class. I'm not sure its set up correctly but you get the gist of it. ( I hope she doesn't mind me posting this) So I did a lead out to the tunnel and Miley did a straight shot from #1 into the #3 tunnel. Then I backed up in front of jump # 4, stayed to the right of #5 and #6 then rear crossed after 7 and brought her in on 8 ect. We practice this course several different ways. Lead out to the inside of #2 and lead out to the outside of #2. We also tried front crossing after #5. I didnt do to well with that. I think there was another we tried but I cant remember what it was.
"M" spent a lot of time with me. I was very thankful that she did. She helped me alot. I was expecting an hour lesson but I think we were there almost 2 hours. I hope I gave her enough money. Ill have to ask her. After the lesson she brought out her 2 puppies. A jack Russell and a border collie. They were very happy and excited. Miley thought about playing but was to scared. She watched from every ones legs. Then she started getting growly when they tried to get her to play. Silly dog. She has no problem irritating the dogs at home to get them to play. Funny how things change when the shoe is on the other foot.
And.......... I came home today, let the dogs out and no fence fighting. Peace and quiet. (The dogs can bark outside. I have the birdhouse thing set on the lowest setting which is 15 feet. So the dog get to run and bark in the other parts of the yard just not next to the beagle. )
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
It also has a creek running thur the trial so if the dogs get hot they can cool off.
I'm not sure what this purple thing is on this tree, but it was pretty.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Did I tell you about how my dogs ( Guiness) are maniacs at the fence with the beagle next door. Sometimes my dogs start it by barking and the beagle comes over and starts in. But sometime the beagle starts it by coming over and barking( if that what you want to call it). Well I have a surprise for them . I ordered a birdhouse that emits a sound that only the dogs can hear when they bark. Its suppose to stop barking. We will see.......