Monday, June 29, 2009
Then this afternoon I set up a figure 8 of jumps with a tunnel in each opposite corner and the table in another corner. She did really well. She had a few tunnel sucks but other than that it was great. Ok, I felt better. Then after dinner we took the a-frame out of the garage and put it in the backyard. It was the first time she ran over the a-frame that didn't have slats plus it had the new contact coat on it.">
Well the first time over she jumped the contact. Crap!! I just couldn't believe it. She hadn't done that in a long time. I really thought we had this thing nailed. Then next time, she got it. I ran her two more times, she jumped once and stopped the second time again. I hope its just her getting use to the new feel of the a-frame. Once again, I felt terrible. I start thinking about the trial and my high hopes. I' ve been reading Lanny Basshams book ,"The Mental Management system, with Winning in Mind". You have to be positive and think positive. Don't think about when things went wrong , only think about the things that went right. The difference between highly successful people and everyone else is highly successful people write their goals down. You have to not only write your goals down but a time line and how you plan to accomplish your goal. Ive done all that. What is my goal? To make it into excellent by the end of the year. A positive self -image is very important and probably my biggest obstacle. When things don't go right I get really down and cant see the good. Like at the last trial on Sunday, Miley ran open JWW. Afterwards I felt it was a terrible run and wanted to go home. I was so shocked when Meagan came to me and said what a good run I had. She could see the positive. She said I had one of the few dogs that didn't spin coming out of the tunnel and I handled it really well. All I could think about was the missed weave poles. Even though everything else was perfect. So that's what I have to change. How I see things. On a side note, Meagan is such a great teacher. She always seems to know what I need to work on. When at a trial , even though she is running several dogs and that weekend was sick with a stomach bug, still found time to come talk to me. You are going to think this is stupid but it made me feel great.
This evening we took the dogs out on the boat. Its just so flipping hot outside to go for our walks. Miley did great swimming today. So now Im up again. Lol
Look, " Im king of the world".
Look how far Im standing in the water.
( I didnt have my good camera with me, so the pictures arent as good)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Her teeter seems better. I worked it before running her. I watch Meagan the other night work with someone on their teeter. She had the bottom of the teeter on the table. You have someone hold the dog while you go to the end of the teeter. You call the dog to you while holding the teeter and slowly lower it. Then treat them when the teeter hits the ground. Then release. So we did this a few times and then took the table away. So far , so good.
I never talked about Guiness's control unleashed class. One of the things we worked on was holding a treat in your hand so your dog can see it. When you dog looks away from your hand to your face, click and treat. Guiness couldn't do this at all. That says some thing. Maybe that part of our problem. Ive been working on this at home with him and Miley. Miley took longer than I thought before she looked at me. But after that first time, she got it pretty quickly. Poor Guiness took forever to look at me. I think 3-4 minutes, maybe more. He would give me downs and sits, then stare intently at my hand. I kinda had to cheat and move my head a tad, then he finally looked at me. We have lots of work to do.
O'yea at practice today, no skipping down the contacts. WhooHoo!!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Since I was up at 4am because my neighbors dogs started barking and continued until 6am, I decided to get somethings done. I walked the dogs at 5am. Took the car in for new tires and the put the contact coat on the a-frame. Hey, I did more by 7am then most people do all day. LoL
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I went up to North Carolina again for a lesson with Meagan. The person's who's house it is at has a pool. So I had asked Meagan if Miley could watch her dogs swim. Maybe she would think swimming is fun. She didn't. As soon as she saw the pool, she tried to bolt. I did make her get in twice for 10 seconds. It was 94 degrees out so it would help cool her off.
The lesson. Miley was weird. First she wanted to run crazy around the yard. I was trying to do a warm up jump and she just decided to keep taking the rest of the jumps. Then we started the course. She couldn't weave. She just kept popping out. To many weave poles yesterday?? I have this problem. If some thing is broken, I over work the problem. I'm going to start keeping a little notebook in my pocket when I train so I can keep tic marks on how many reps I do of something. So Meagan gave me some things to work on to keep her in the poles. I need to work on slowing down and moving away from the poles. Miley is very sensitive to my movement when she is in the poles. Any change, she pops out.
We went on with the course and she wouldn't get on the table. She ran wide circles around the table. I told Meagan that's what she did at the trial but she finally got on. Last night she wouldn't get on. So Meagan told me to put her back in her crate. Which I did. Then I got Guienss out and let him run some tunnels and low jumps and the table. Then I brought Miley back out. Meagan told me if she even gets on the table , immediately release to the next obstacle. Miley sees the table as stopping all the fun. So she did jump right on the table and I release her to the teeter. She ran half way up and jumped off the side. What the heck? Then she wouldn't get on at all. I even went and got some licorice. She loves that. She would only go half way up. Meagan told me to stop working her that maybe she was mentally done. So we did. And we didn't do the contact and weave class either.
I reviewed the video from the field the other day. It looks like she got hit by the teeter. Ive slowed the video down but its so far away that it hard to tell. Ill post the video here . Let me know if you see it too. Video is posted at the bottom. I tried to increase the size.
As luck would have it a Chiropractor came out the the class last night. So I had her check Miley. I didn't really tell her what was wrong but she was able to feel her left hip joint was out and her muscles over her right side were tight. Also her head was out. ( That was my fault too. I had her on a line that was tied at the field and she went for a car before I could get her attention. So I guess you can see what happened there.) So today , I'm suppose to let her rest and then gradually increase her activity. And I'm to let her know if I see any difference. O, I forgot to tell you this. I hadn't seen any skipping on the left leg down the dogwalk in a while. Last week when I went to my lesson I was thinking, she is doing great. So you know what happened. She was running the dogwalk and her foot got caught in the space between the up ramp and the cross ramp . As soon as that happened she skipped down the down ramp. Crap. I saw her skip at the training field this week too. Crap! But I haven't seen anything else.
This is the dogwalk from the class. I know its dark but you can see the space.
This is the dogwalk from our training field. No gap.
The gap is probably not a big deal for bigger dogs but for Miley's little feet,it just fell right in. So last night I brought Styrofoam and put it in the space. That seemed to work well.
This post is getting long so Ill talk about Guiness's CU class in another post. Last night when I got home, Miley wasn't tired at all. Eleven at night and she barking at me and bringing me toys.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Do You see it?
How about now?
I didn't finish walking that path after that. I turned around. But we had already walked pretty far so it was ok.
My son comes home today from college orientation. He is very happy to be coming back. It was stressful for him. I think is was hard because he didn't know anyone. He roomed with 3 other guys and they all knew each other. Two were cousins and the other was their friend and they all went to high school together. So he was feeling like the odd man out. While there, they had to take classes on classroom behavior. I thought this was weird. Then another class on dorm room behavior. Weird again. But I guess some kids don't know how to act. The first night some kids got arrested at his dorm. I cant even imagine that happening.Im glad they are not my kids. What were those kids thinking. The guys in my son's room went out drinking last night. At least that is what they told Lou. Maybe they were just trying t act cool. Well, if they did do that, at least they didn't do it in the dorm. The campus is alcohol free and tobacco free.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Earlier today I took Micky and Roxy to the vet today. Mickey needed a phenobarb level and Roxy needed her yearly done. Everyone loves Roxy. They all want to hold her. I think its because its unusual to see a merle colored chihuahua.
I did some training with Miley this morning at the field. I didn't realize I made her do so many weave poles until I watched the video. I would really like to get a Open JWW Q. We keep missing it because of one thing or another. The last trial it was weave pole problems. The trial before that is was weaves and I sent her off course. I guess we have only been to three trials this year, so not that many. But man it would be nice to get one Q in jumpers. I did notice today that I need to cue the chute much earlier or she misses it. In the video, the dogwalk is to your right and the chute is to your left.
Monday, June 22, 2009
At the top is Katies blog. She has a sheltie named Miley that has awesome running contacts. She really jumps the apex of the a-frame that brings her in deep. Looks at the site, it has a lot of interesting stuff on it.
Stephanie is also away at camp. She called not to long ago and said they were going swimming in the gulf. I asked if she knew what to do if she is caught in a rip tide. "No" in that sarcastic teenage voice. How many times have we talked about rip tides. So I told her again. I'm sure she probably wont call again. LoL.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Today is fathers day , right? I gave my husband a new coffee maker. ( I don't drink coffee). His old coffee maker kept leaking every where. I didn't use to be a problem. He would just make one travel mug and go to work. But now he works at home and makes lots of cups. So there is always water or coffee marks on the counter. Plus the old one only made one travel mug of coffee. This new one will make a pot or two travel mugs. I think he really liked it. The other thing I got him was a Ryobi tool kit. In the kit you got a drill, a saw, two batteries and a charger. Ive been looking at the Ryobi fan that works on a battery pack. The fan was only 30.00 but by the time you bought the battery and charger , you were up to 100.00. To much. I have a battery fan from Walmart that works well but is uses regular batteries. The other day up in North Carolina is ran out. It wasn't a big deal because it also works with a pug. I have a regular plug in my car. ( how cool is that) So I just plugged it in for the dog in the car when at my lesson. But that wouldn't work if I'm at a show.
So how come its mothers day. Look at the pictures below. My husband , my son and I put the a-frame back together today. Ive had the boards painted for weeks. Now all I have left to do is put the contact coat on it. It may be to hot here for that. Ill have to read the directions. But , whoohoo, the biggest part is done.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Here we are out at the lake. All dry, wind blowing my hair.
Dont hate me because Im beautiful.
This is as far in as Guiness and I will go.
Then my mom makes us go in and now look at my hair.
Guiness loves to dig holes in the sand. Maybe he has to go to the bathroom?
Hey look, fish like liverworst too.
Time to go home. Maybe my hair will dry in this wind.
My mom just likes this house. She thinks it would be wonderful to live here. She just doesnt understand that I dont like getting wet.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Most of the work was done at your crate. We worked on taking the leash off and it being a non-event. You would get a hand full of treats and take the leash off and put the whole hand full of treats on the ground. Then step away from you dog. After the dog was done eating, he should look up for you, coming toward you. Click and treat. That keeps the dog looking at you for the rewards and not rewarding himself when the leash comes off. We also worked on walking with the dog on leash, click and treat for looking at you. Then while walking, drop the leash and keep walking. Click and treat for the dog looking at you. Meagan talked about default behavior. We practice walking to a gate, wait for the dog to offer a default behavior at the gate. Click and treat. Then again once outside the fence. You don't move through the gate until the dog offers you a default behavior. Guiness wouldn't go out the gate. It was the gate by the car. ( Hmmm, do you see a pattern with my dogs. LoL) So we had to move to another gate that wasn't near the car. We also worked on the grab the collar game. Shelties don't like this game. When you reach for a sheltie's collar the play hand dodge. So this is a good game to play with both my shelties.
At home Ive been working on Miley and the leash. Ive been trying to only bring the leash out to play tug with and then put it up. Ive also brought it out for fun things. She gets very excited when its time to eat. So before she can eat, I'm making her put her leash on. She also really likes seeing the ferrets. So again , before she is allowed to go do that, she has to put her leash on. Hopefully , she will see the leash as leading to fun. Also Meagan told me not to let her run around when I go to the training field or even at home when getting ready to practice. Treat her like I would if I were at a trial. Put her in her crate or keep her on leash. That way she know exactly what to expect.
Thanks for everyone advice on getting Miley to like the leash. Also someone asked me where I got the leash and collar. It was off of ebay. Agility Q www.agilityq.com
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Then after the walk. I come home and this is what Miley does.
Are you ready to play?
Monday, June 15, 2009
I took Miley to the field this morning to practice a course that I saw this weekend. It was on the live feed from the USDAA regionals in Pa. I'm sure the distances in obstacles aren't correct but I did the best I could. First it was hot as heck outside. At 6am the weather man said the humidity was already 90%. When we got to the field it was 83 degrees outside. My son came and helped me set up the course. It took us a good while to do that. I was already tired and very hot by that time. Now I needed to run. I really didn't feel the energy to do that but did it anyway. So here is my video of the run. I think I only ran the course 4 times. I figured we could practice the problem places at home later. We kept dropping the bar on jump #3 and the bar on the jump after the second tunnel. ( sometimes we kept them up. ) If you see what I'm doing wrong let me know. Sorry for the last video being so shaky, I think my son was hot and hungry. When we left the field it was 91 F (32.7 C) degrees. I think I'm either going to go a lot earlier or just train in the back yard. It was just to hot. After my last run, I felt sick. I told my son he was going to have to move all the tunnels and sandbags himself. I felt better in a few seconds but man that was a weird feeling. I told you I was getting old. LoL.
On another note. I went and saw the movie "UP". Very cute. Lots of dog stuff. I love when the dog, who is wearing a collar that talks, is talking and then says,"squirrel". He stops and looks for several seconds and then starts talking again. Funny. Also, they have to wear the "cone of shame" when they are bad ( the other dogs do this to each other not the owner). The "cone of shame" is the plastic cone we put on dogs to keep them from biting there stitches etc... Its also very funny. The doberman's , who is the leader, collar keeps shorting out and he has a chipmunk voice when that happens. All the dogs start laughing at him. Funny.">
Friday, June 12, 2009
So after not being able to hit a weave pole entry all week, even if it was the broad side of a barn. She finally did it. I really wasn't going to work any weave pole entries. I just set the weaves up at the end of the sequence. WhooHoo! I know its hard to see the sequence but it was a set up of an excellent course from the last trial. I only set it up to #17. By the tunnel is a serpentine.I first lead out to the left of the dog just pass #1 and tried to work the serpentine from the inside, closest to the tunnel but that didn't work for Miley at all. So then I did a lead out pass #2, did a call to heal and handle the serpentine from the outside and then rear crossed the pinwheel. That worked much better.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
And little Miss Miley is just full of herself. Endless energy. After playing fetch, talking an hour brisk walk she still was needing attention. So I thought, I take her outside and work some agility. Probably not the brightest idea Ive had. What did I try to work on. Weave poles entrances. Well, I'm sure you can guess how that went. I gave up after three sends and no entrances. I did do some jump work and dogwalk runs. Crazy dog. And for the first time , while I was trying to do the weave stuff, she left to go fence run with the dog next store. Crap!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
It was very hot today. We left the field around 10am and it was already 89 degrees. At least in the video I look like I'm running. We also practice putting the leash on and off between some of the sequences. Only once out of five times did she not want to put it on . At the end she must have been really hot. When I was putting stuff away she was lying under one of the tables. A truck went by and she didn't go after it. So that was twice on her own she didn't chase cars. I would like to say it was my training but I think it was just plan hot.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I bought an on-line seminar on grooming a sheltie. It was pretty good. I did learn some things but not as much as I was hoping for. I really wanted to learn how to cut ears. It did tell me some things I didn't know on cutting the front of the ear but what about all that hair down the back of the ear. I don't know. I do think they look better but ..... Miley's chest hair was getting so long it kept getting caught in her teeth. LoL.