Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Its been very hot and humid lately and last night it was bad. Miley's first run was great and then went down hill from there. I was sweating alot so I know the dogs were hot. Plus the water wasn't working at the field either. So I couldn't wet the dogs down. I carry a gallon of water with me for the dogs to drink. But it is nice to wet the dogs down. I dumped some of the water I had on the dogs, but it didn't help much.I'm not sure it that's why Miley and I were so out of sync. Except for the first run, it was a disaster. Miley contacts: she didn't stop the first time but did the next two times. And then I rewarded this contact because I felt like she was trying to stop. But after I watched the video, I see I shouldn't have rewarded it even if she was trying to stop. ( so Kathy maybe that's how your dog starts turning toward you . LoL )
I am going to an AKC trial tomorrow. I just am not feeling positive about it after last night. I will be in the first group to run ( open JWW) and the last group of the day (novice standard). Such a long wait between runs drives me crazy.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
We did 2 dogwalks and 2 a-frames and she did perfect . Now it was starting to rain so I figured be better go. I parked inside the fence area. Shortly after parking two horses came out and right over to my car. I got worried, do horses eat windshield wipers like goats do? I guess not. But they were all around my car the entire time. How was I going to get out. I went into the field and called the horses like you would your dog. I clicked my tongue. That did nothing. They didn't even look up at me. So I decided to be brave and grab their head halter to walk them away from the car. Well the first horse just lifted his head and jerked my hand out of his halter. He probably knew I didn't know anything about horses. He was probably laughing at me. "Yea right, you are going to make me move". Great now what. I went back in the fence area and called Miley. I told her I had a treat. That got the one horses attention and he came to the fence. At least he wasn't behind my car now. I put Miley in the car and back up and pulled as close to the gate a possible. The one horse could run between the front of my car and the gate but I didn't know what else to do. We got out and none of the horses did. So all's well that ends well. ( I know this isnt well written, but hopefully you get the point of what Im saying in this post today. I have reread it several times and I cant seem to get it right. )
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Seven things Miley likes.
1. Agility. Every time I walk in the back yard she gets ready and keep looking at me with the stalking walk, ready to go. If I'm editing video and she hears me on the tape calling commands, she runs through the house looking for the obstacles.
2. Some music. She gets excited to the theme music to "Two and a half men". I dont know why but she really likes that song. She also likes if you sing "whip it". ( I guess that's the name of that song)
3. Rolling in my bed. Rubbing all over the pillows.
4. Going for walks. Every morning she is ready and pawing at the door until I get my act together.
5. Chasing cars. ( not one I like, but she really likes if she can do it)
6. She love playing fetch with this black rubber thing that was used for milking cows. I cant remember what it is called, but she loves that thing.
7. Playing or waiting for the ferrets to come out to play.
Thanks Katie and Dawn for tagging us.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
For Mother's Day we drove down to Savannah and saw my parents. The weather there was very nice. We sat out on the dock and it was just windy enough to keep the bugs away. If you have ever been to Savannah, the bugs will eat you alive. So no bugs, yea! We were very tired when we got home. I'm not sure why it seemed so hard on us. Its a three hour drive each way. It could be because on the way home we encountered rain storms. Black Sky's and driving rain.
The above picture is what my daughter gave me for mother's day. Its a licence plate for the front of my car. I haven't put it on yet. I'm looking for a clear cover to protect it from bugs and rocks.
I haven't worked Miley on anything since last week until last night. I took her to a different field that she hadn't been to, just to do a few dog walks and not more than 4 a-frames. She did well. I did notice twice on the dogwalk, coming down the ramp, she picked her foot up a few times. I guess we will be doing more rest. The frustrating thing is that I don't see anything else. She goes up and down the steps and Ive been watching her walk and I don't see anything. The vet has checked her 2 more times and cant find anything. I think people think I'm crazy.
I'm redoing my a-frame. I ordered "contact coat" and I'm going to put that over the a-frame contact. I'm not going to use any slats. From the response I got from the clean run group and what Julie said, made me feel no slats are necessary. In case you don't know, "contact coat" is a rubber coating that you put on top of the painted contact equipment. http://www.contactacoat.com/a-frame.html It provides grip and give for the dog and is suppose to make the equipment safer. I'm also redoing ( still) my dogwalk. I'm thinking of taking the slats off that too. But Meagan doesn't think I should. So I'm still up in the air with that.
I finally got my computer back. WhooHoo! So I can now put my video program back on my computer and edit video.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Then of course it was raining again this morning. I tired walking the dogs but everyone was acting like it was torture so I took them back home. Then Miley pooped in the living room. Loose poop too, so I had to get the steam cleaner out to clean it up right.
I see the rehab vet again on Friday. I'll have her check Miley again. I kinda don't know what else to do about it. I wish I could figure out what the problem is or what is causing it.
O,yea here is a positive. Miley had excellent dogwalk contacts yesterday. WooHoo!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Anyway, I'm not really sure what I learned. He is interesting to talk to. I asked lots of questions. When I was driving home, I started thinking. Was I one of those irritating people that wont quit asking questions? Was everyone behind me rolling there eyes at me and wanting me to be quiet? I don't know, I couldn't help myself. I was just trying to understand it. I think if feels natural to him because he has been doing it a long time.
One thing he did say that hit home was , "visualize success, not perfection". When he was diving, he would practice his dives with mistakes so that he was prepared for it in competition. So if he didn't jump up high enough off the board, he knew what he needed to do to correct for that because he had practiced it.
Something that I do to myself on course is, if I walked the course and I feel that we can really do this course. It shouldn't be a problem. I see the results before its happened. That a negative thing to do to yourself. You should always be on your game. Don't think, "I got this" before you do. Because you will usually screw it up. ( These are my words not his) .
We practiced some relaxation techniques and did some mental imaginary.
The only bad thing was when I was driving home , there was a tree on the side of the road. It didn't look like it was over the road. But it put a big scratch all the way down the side of my nice shinny van. Crap. I'm hoping I can buff it out.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Im still thinking about how to fix Miley's running a-frame. I decided to go back to the ground work and see where she is. I put the yellow sheet in the middle of the box to help her maybe transfer the box work to the a-frame. When I first did the ground work a few months ago, she was 3 hitting. I did what the video said to do, to change her to a 2 hit. I did this because I felt she would jump off after 2 hits. But she isnt getting in the yellow on the a-frame with 2 hits. Not even close. So I watched her on the ground again and she is three hitting. ( Sara, I can go to my camera and watch it in slow motion, thats how I can tell she it three hitting. Then I can adjust what Im doing right then and there. Sorry, but my computer is away being fixed so I cant edit any video except what my camera can do. I can watch it in slow motion but cant down load it that way.)
After a few reps of ground work, I put the box back on the a-frame.
Three hitting looks much better. So that is what I'm going to work on. Will see what happens when she gets excited at at trial if it will hold up.