Saturday, January 31, 2009
Ok, I cant get it to link directly so you will have to scroll over to the third picture.
Friday, January 30, 2009
My sister is coming this weekend for a visit. That will be fun.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
1. Mickey. Miley loves to play with Mickey. And if he wont play, she slaps him on the head until he gets mad and chases her.
2. Mutts. She hates other dogs. If another dog comes up to her at class , she growls at them.
3. Mittens. She loves to grab my mittens off the table.
4. Morning. She likes to wake everyone up very early.
5. Mouth. She loves to bark, eat, tug and fetch balls with her mouth.
I'm tagging Julie , only if you want to play, with the letter "I".
( I know I didn't play last time when you tagged me but I just couldn't think of who my dogs reminded me of, it hurt my brain).
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Also what is up with all the waiting at the AKC trial. 7 hours is way to long to wait for a run. I don't remember is being that long when I ran Guiness. I may have to resort to only one run a day and go home. That just seem ridiculous.
The other thing I really need to improve on is my handling. My cues were late and Miley wasn't reading the rear crosses at all. So I'm looking through some DVD's I have on teaching crosses. I really what her to turn tight. When I watched our jumpers run in slow motion you see how bad things went. Hopefully I can pull it together.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Then at 4pm we ran jumper open. She was great. Very fast, ran the course well but she dropped a bar. I'm sure I did something on my rear cross that caused it. The course time was 46 seconds and she did it in 26.52. There was this tiny sheltie that ran after us that ran it in 25.86. But over all a very great run. I didn't stay to do Novice fast because it was just taking to long. At 4:30pm the were still running the excellent standard course and were still on the 20 inch dogs, they still had the 24 and then 26. So several more hours of waiting. I decided to go home. Someone told me that they finished about 7:45pm. I was glad I went home.
Now for Sunday. Again we got there at 7:15 and they were already walking the open jumpers course. It was a tough course. The judge was Scott Chamberlin. I didn't have high hopes but thought we could hold it together. We didn't. She broke her start line stay and threw me altogether. Then some bad handling by me didn't help. It think 57 dogs ran in open and only 11 Q'd.
Then we waited 7 hours for our next run. I took her outside at least 3 times for long play sessions with the ball. Worked on waiting till I said "ok" to go get the ball. We also practice our 2o/2o on a wheelchair ramp that was far away from the trial. I was very confident when I went in to the run. I planed a front cross in front of both the a-frame and the dogwalk. Well it wasnt a horrible run but there were problems. She didn't stop for either contact but she did get further into the yellow zone. Then she wouldn't down the the table. I don't know what that was about. So we "Q'd" and took 2nd place but it wasn't something to be proud of.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I ran Miley yesterday morning because I had a feeling that the class would be canceled. Which is was. I just couldn't seem to get my act together. Miley ran well, but I had really bad handling. So this little video is an example of some things I did wrong. First I front crossed where I just couldn't and cut my dog off. In my brain I knew I couldn't make it but I did it anyway. I'm not sure what I was thinking. ( Do you think Miley understood when I said "Sorry,Mi"? Then Miley does the dog walk and when she gets into a 2o/2o all her weight is on her front end and her back end comes completely off the contact and then back down again. Is that a fault if it happens at a trial? Then here is really bad training. And I even think Meagan told me to always send the dog some where not just release her. But that's what I have been doing when practicing our 2o/2o. I just release her and then she would come into me for a treat. Soooooo look what happened after I release her off the dogwalk. ( she doesnt drive to the jump, she comes to me) Ugh! Now I have to fix that.
Today I ran her on the dogwalk and do you know what she is doing now? She is coming off the side of the dogwalk in the 2o/2o. Not just near the bottom of the dogwalk but higher up. What is that about. I know I didn't train that. But her brain is thinking , "Its faster if I'm already off the side because I know that is the direction the course is set up and she always releases me into that direction". LOL Something else for me to fix. O yea, an a trial this weekend. It should be fun!!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I tired to take Miley to the training field this morning but it just wasn't to be. I looked at the radar before I left and it didn't show any rain in the area yet. So I left my house around 8 am . Well I didn't get but half way there and it started pouring down rain. So much for that.
I did get to go to Guiness's freestyle class. A couple of new people showed up today. It's hard on the new people to come to class I think. Three of us have been going since the beginning, so the dogs know more than the people who joined the last class. It's not really that they know more, its just that they have the tricks down better. The dogs worked hard today. Some times she breaks the class up and a few people work at a time. But today everyone was working at the same time. When I finally looked at my watch it had already been 35 minutes. That's a long time for dogs to be doing tricks constantly. Usually I will take a break and take my dog outside but today it was pouring down rain at that time. So we kept working. One thing everyone needed to improve on was getting the treats out of our hands so the dog works without a lure or immediate reward. Some people could put their treats on a chair near where they work. But if you know Guiness, that's not going to work. He is food obsessed. So I had to go get my cooler and put that on the chair so he couldn't get the treats himself. We then worked on doing three and four tricks and then run to the treats. Its kinda like agility when you start sequencing and they get a treat at the end. With Miley I sometimes run several small courses and then we run in the house and gets some treats. That way its more like a trial, you don't get the treats right away. If you dont do that , the dog may thing they are doing something wrong because they arent getting a treat. Then they will stop working.
Guiness was defiantly over the whole thing by the time we finish. The last thing we did was make up a small routine to some music. Guiness wasn't to focused and I think it was just to much for him. I'm going to have to do a better job with giving him breaks. He came home and went to sleep.
It finally stopped raining around 4 pm so I was able to take the dogs to the park and walk them about 1 hour before it got dark. Yea!!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Here is what I have scheduled so far:
Jan 24-25 BRAC trial
Feb 14-15 Savannah dog training club ( my parents live about 10min for the site)
Feb 23-26 Seminar in Vera Beach Fl.
March7-8 Charlotte trail ( I can drive back and forth)
April 4-5th GCOC trial ( here in Columbia)
April 19th ASSA trial Perry Ga.
The seminar is in Florida and I will have to take 4 days off from work. Its a 3 day seminar but I think I will need the 4th day to drive back home. The seminar is given by Ann Brue, Jen Pinder and Karen Holik ( not sure I spelled all their names right)
I sign up for the Sheltie nationals . Its a one day trial on Sunday. I'm going to watch a friend from college do herding with her sheltie on Saturday . We haven't seen each other in a long time. She was my college roommate. It should be lots of fun. But I'm going to take Monday off from work to drive back home. I don't have to do that. Its only 4 hours from home but I may be tired.
So that is 5 days. Ive already used one day for something earlier this year. That leaves me one day. Now the dilemma. Our club has brought Karen Holik here right before the trial. They are doing a mini seminar one day . Its three hours. I would have to take a whole day off from work. I'm just not sure its worth it. I really wanted a whole day seminar but I was voted down. I don't want them to think I don't appreciate their work in bring her here. Its just I'm not sure that 3 hours is worth taking my last day. I could come back from Sheltie nationals Sunday night and that would give me an extra day. I cant take the day off on Friday for our club trial ( April 3-5) because that is the day before spring break starts and you are not allowed to take the day before or the day after a holiday off. Which I feel bad about but there is nothing I can do about that.
What to do? And then what if something happens and I need to take a day off for non-dog stuff and I don't have any days left. That's the problem with working at schools. You cant just take an hour off to go to the doctor. You have to use your time in 1/2 days or whole days. And if your appointment is right at the 11am hour , your going to have to use a whole day. So I just don't know what to do.
O yea, I forgot to say, Im feeling much better now. Maybe I just needed a walk.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yesterday I took Miley to the park to work handling. We did front and rear crosses. She did really well in that she read everything right and I even got some distance in. The only thing was she was almost always in extension and jumping to long for the turn that was coming. I know that I must not be giving the cue soon enough but I couldn't seem to fix it. I'm going to take a lesson on Monday, so hopefully Meagan can see what I'm doing wrong.
Now today I did just did a few runs with the weaves. And I'm just amazed. I know I keep posting video but I just cant get over how things have changed. She just couldn't do this last week and now, WOW! I need to get video of her going in on the other side of the weaves.
Also if you get the J and J dog supply catalog, Mileys in there in the teeter section.
Guiness and I are still working on the freestyle stuff. The instructor has set up a show and go for freestyle and wants us to come up with a dance with our dog. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I'm no were near ready to start doing that. Hmmm
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
So here is some more weave entries. First I practice just a few times with the two poles and then I add the rest. I think this method helps them learn to collect to get into the weaves. I'm not sure how but it does. I didn't get it on video but Miley hasn't been able to come off the dogwalk and into the weaves the way it set up right now, until now. I still need to get further distance from the poles but so far its looking good. I finished watching the DVD last night. I didn't hear in the video to let you dog repeatedly fail like everyone keeps talking about. In one part of the video, the dog she is training has a severe entry to get into and fails three times in a row. The dog comes back and starts sniffing. She doesn't comment on the sniffing but states that the dog is showing her that this is to hard and Susan opens the first two poles to make it easier. After the dog gets if a few times, she closes the poles and the dog gets it. So she did make it easier but not by moving closer.
I didn't follow the DVD all the way through because my dog knew how to weave. I wasn't unhappy with her speed or her footwork. But if I was this might be the method to try. I still really like the WAM method but the 2 x 2 weave entries was a big help. At least so far.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Miley was in rare form today. My daughter wanted to take some action pictures. So I had Miley run some agility sequences. She was wild! Running like crazy. Didn't stop on the dog walk contact 3 times. I had to finally put a target down to get her to stop. Then just running any course she wanted and running behind me. Silly dog. I think it was just to much for her today being in the cage. She took full advantage of being out. I'm sure she was thinking "WooHoo I'm free."
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
After you have those things you start with 2 poles and build value for the poles. Which depending on your dog, maybe a day or two. ( that's my opinion). Then you start training entries with the first two poles. I really like what she showed and how she explains the reward line. I have been a little confused on that when watching other peoples videos. Each session you need to document: how many attempts made, how many times they failed and how many times you reinforced. Then you need to figure out you success percentage. You should have 80 % success rate before change one aspect of the training. If you move on before you have that, you will have to many failures and the dog will be demotivated. ( Interesting, she didn't say let you dog fail repeatedly which people keep talking about). In chapter 4 she takes her dog , she had been doing the training with someone elses dog, and sets him up. Now she did say with her own dog she would let him fail and try to figure it out because she feels he knows the training. But that is the only time Ive heard her say let the dog fail. And she was very specific to say , "with my dog" and why. She didn't she that is what you should do.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This is her this afternoon. She played a little while. So that is a good sign. Yea!!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
The picture above is from another day but I thought it was cute and wanted to post it.