Thursday, July 30, 2009
Last night I went to visit my friend Maribeth. She was the one I met down at the Sheltie Nationals and won the herding trial. She has 3 shelties and Miley wouldn't play with any of them. She was off leash in Maribeth's backyard but Miley just stood there. Hmmmm. Anyway, we had a very nice dinner and excellent conversation. To bad it was such a short visit.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I drove up to Norther Virginia yesterday. We are staying at a friends house. She has kids the same age as my kids, so that works out well. Stephanie and Amanda went to help out with Habitat for Humanity today. Lou is still sleeping. (Teenagers!) I do have some exciting news. Miley is actually playing with my friends dog. I cant believe it. Usually she just growls at other dogs. Ive posted a video clip of them playing. The video isn't good quality, maybe not enough light.
My friend lives in a nice area with a great walking path that goes all these different ways through the woods. You probably could walk forever. And people have their dogs on leashes. Yesterday when I was walking Miley. I ran into a lady that was walking two shelties. So we walked about 2 miles together. It was nice. She loved Miley and thought she was beautiful.
Last but not least. Miley limped yesterday. Two huge limps. I ran her on the beach before leaving yesterday to burn off some energy. She seemed fine. But when I walked her in the neighborhood right before we left. That's when she limped. Crap! This morning, two small limps right when we first started walking. Then nothing else. So now I'm contemplating not going to the seminar. I haven't even made my hotel reservations and I need it for tomorrow night. What if I get all the way up there and she cant run. Crap. But then bringing my dog all this way and having to walk her constantly and play most of the time will have been for nothing. Crap.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Here is a small complaint. People here do not believe in leashes, on or off the beach. It drives me crazy. They don't care that their dogs just go up to you or your dog. One big dog jumped on me and he was all wet and sandy. The lady was so rude. Did she think I wanted this big wet dog jumping on me. They have no control of their dogs, just let them do what ever they want. A few have been mean and tried to bite Miley. Ugh! I bet Ive pass over a 100 dogs so far and only 2 have been on leashes. And the only dogs that didnt try to approach us and were under their owners control where pit bulls.
I only took Miely's leash off to take this picture and no one was around.
Here are some pictures of the Chalk Art on the board walk.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Here is Miley playing in my sisters backyard.
Is that Miley running toward the pool??
Is she thinking of jumping in?
No , she just wanted to drop her toy in that big water bowl.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I was suppose to front cross between #4 and #5 and then rear cross after she went into #6. I kept messing up the front cross. Then when Miley would get into the weaves, she popped one pole early and took the off course into the tunnel entrance #12. It was at first my fault because I was to far forward of the end of the weaves which was cuing the wrong tunnel entrance. You needed to hang back a little but she still kept taking the off course tunnel entrance. We finally had to move the tunnel entrance so she couldn't see the opening . Then she finally came to me and got into tunnel #7.
Here was the next course. I messed this one up too. I kept cuing extension over jump #6, so she was way wide going to the teeter. And I did it again going over #11. That time was really bad because she needed to turn tight to get back into the weaves. I don't know where my brain was.
Guiness had his Control Unleash class. He just cracks me up. When in class you would never know this dog has any issues. He seems perfect. I need to take video while walking at the park. Silly dog. We worked on "incoming". Its what you tell your dog when another dog is coming to get into his face. We took our dogs, one by one, into a gated area. Meagan would bring her dog by the gated area. When she did this, you would tell your dog, "incoming" and start giving him treats. The dogs were kept different distances from the gate and she would either walk or run her dog past the gate, depending on the dogs comfort level. We also work on sending the dogs to the mat. The dog first had to go around a stanchion and then you added your mat. You want to practice more and more distance and multiple mats to send your dog to. This can help when at a class. If you dog is stressed or maybe going to become reactive you send them off to their mat. Guiness just cant get the hang of the mat. So I'm just using his soft crate and that worked much better.
The ride home last night was a white knuckle ride. Once I got to the highway it started raining. It poured down rain and lightning all the way home. The kind of rain where you cant hear the radio because its pounding so hard on your car. It was hard to see and you had to drive pretty slow. I just followed the people in front of me. I was so happy to get home last night. An hour and 15 minutes of that was stressful.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Here is the pinwheel. Running it felt great. But when I watched it on video, I'm not sure she realizes we are turning at the jump closest to you on the screen. What do you think? I still think it looks good but could it be better?
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Miley resting at the training field.
For the last two morning it has been so nice outside. No humidity at all. By the afternoon its still in the 90's but the mornings feel wonderful. Yesterday I decided to work on my dogwalk. It has been out of commission for at least a month. About a month ago I fix the center cross piece. But the two ramps were looking really bad and I was afraid Miley was going to get hurt. So I have had it put up so she couldn't get on it. This weekend , with no humidity, it was a great time to start painting. Yesterday I put three coats of primer on both sides of the boards. And while I was at it, I refinished the table. I had to sand that and repaint it. It should be ready tomorrow. Today I put the yellow and blue paint, three coats, on the ramp boards. My husband took the old boards off the old dogwalk and I primed the frame. Hopefully I will finish it tomorrow.
Also since it was so nice I took Miley up the the training field. I set up the jumpers course that we did so badly on at the last trial. No problems there. Funny. One problem Im having is pinwheels. Sometimes she reads them well( like today) and is tight going thur. She will be next to or close to the side stanchion. But other times she goes very wide. I have watched video after video and cant see what I'm doing that is causing either. I look the same to me so I don't know why sometimes she is wide and sometimes she is tight.
We also worked the chute while we were up there. I realized if I'm going to rear cross I need to do it with lots of room. If I'm to close behind her, she will pull off. The other thing is if I give a right or left command, I need to do it after she is in the barrel. If I say "chute, right". She will turn right , before she gets in the chute. More work to do there but we are making progress.
I did a little contact work making sure she stays until I release her. She did self release one time on a front cross. We also worked the weaves alittle. She did well except for a tight rear cross right at the weaves and that pulled her out. So we worked that , I think it took 3 times, until she got it. Didn't do any table work just because I didn't want to over work her. Plus I have a table at home I can work her on.
This evening we did extension grids. She did really well. Ive been setting her back at least 10 feet for the grids and when starting a sequence and so far she hasn't dropped the first bar. I hope that keeps up.
That was today, painting and agility.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Camera with wide angle lens on.
Camera without wide angle lens.
I saw this wide angle lens on the Internet and wondered if it would work with my camera. So often when Im video taping by myself, I cant get in everything that I need to see. Well today I was at BestBuy and they had it there. So I thought I would try it out. It fits on the end of my little casio exslim camera. It does add a couple of feet the the view. If you compare the pictures below you can see the first picture, with the wide angle lens on, adds the other end of the tunnel and two jumps ( left side of the picture). That's a lot for me. I was able to work tonight and see everything I was doing. Now the lens isn't a tight fit, so you couldn't walk around with it but it stays on when on the tripod. ( just a note: when I uploaded to my blog I lost some of the picture. The first picture with the wide angle lens also showed the two jumps to the right. Im not sure what happened to it during the upload)
With wide angle lens on.
Without wide angle lens.
Friday, July 17, 2009
We worked some collection exercises this afternoon. I think I have her set to close to the first jump. Otherwise I think it looked pretty good. I have the space between the jumps at 4 feet 6 inches. Its hot as heck outside today. 97 degrees.
Tried to walk the dogs this morning. Guiness refused to go. He has been acting weird the last 2 weeks. On our walks, he has refused to go any further earlier and earlier in the walk. Now today, he refused to go at all. I guess I need to take him to the vet and see if anything is wrong. His gait is a little different at times. He has always walked with his back feet crossing but it looks a little worse at times. And sometimes going down hill, his stride is short. The hard part is, they will probably say, "we cant find anything wrong". Maybe its just him. I don't know.
I took just Miley to the park. Its easier with just her. She doesn't act crazy when a bike goes by like she does when Guiness is with us. Plus she isn't scared of people like Guiness . Its funny , Guiness has always been fine in all the dog classes I have taken him to. Never nervous or anything. We have been to a bunch of dog agility camps, never a problem. Yesterday I came home from walking the dogs in the neighborhood. A man neighbor came out and wanted to pet the dogs. He was walking toward us. Miley is happy and excited. You can tell she wants to greet him. Guiness, not so much. Guiness growled a couple of times. His ears are down , tail is down and he is stepping backwards. All this is screaming dont touch me. But people don't care. Why do we ignore dogs body language. The man did pet Guiness and I gave Guiness treats while he was doing it. Why didn't I say , "Don't pet Guiness". I guess I didn't want to hurt the mans feelings. When the man stepped back, Guiness lunged and growled at him. Great. So next time , I'm just going to say, "Please don't pet Guiness, he may bite."
My daughter doesnt listen to dogs body language either. She always wants to snuggle with Miley. Miley doesn't like it. Miley is usually laying on my bed or on the ottoman next to my bed. When Stephaine comes over Miley starts turning her head away from her and not looking at her. I asked her why she keeps on even though the dogs body language is telling her, "I don't like this". She said because Miley is so cute and she just wants to hug her. So I guess what we want over rides what the dog wants. I did take to her about this.
Sorry, here are more pictures from our walk.
I was standing on a rock in the water to take some of the pictures. When I looked down, there was this frog. I was just glad it wasnt a snake.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I took a private lesson before class last night. We worked on Miley's jumping. We set up jump grids. You could really see were Miley got comfortable coming down the line. Her jumping and strides got better the further down she went. Also she was jumping head down. Miley is still young and her jumping will improve as she gets older and starts to get it. She did drop the first bar though. Sometimes she does this at trials too. Meagan told me to set her up different distances to the first bar ( at home) and see what works best for her. I have been setting her up to close to the first bar. She doesn't have enough time to get up to speed and then think about were to take off by the time she gets the to bar. After dropping the first bar, the next time Meagan told me to point the first bar out to Miley. So I did that and Miley had the funnest look on her face. Like, "What the heck is she doing now". Then I walked to the end. She didn't drop the bar but she was also set back 10 feet from the first bar.
Next was the contact and weaves class. I love this class. Its a drop in class. I think there were 4 people there. She sets everyone up in there own area of the field. Then everyone gets different things to work on depending on what your dog needs. So you are working and other dogs are working right around you at the same time. Its a great concept to me. Helps your dog keep focus on you while other things are going on. Miley did really well. Only missed one weave pole entrance out of probably 10. She did have some problems. Ran around the table and didn't want to get on. Ugh!! So I need to back chain the table. We worked on 3 jumps to the table. And back chained this and it worked really well. So what do you think happened when we did a different sequence with the table. She ran around it. SO I need to work on back chaining to the table. And take the table to different places. Make the table rewarding.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I took the dogs to the park this morning. We walked the hilly park. We stopped because Guiness had to use the bathroom. Just then 2 foxes crossed are path. One was really big. When I first saw it , I thought "OMG its a coyote". But its face looked like a fox and the smaller one differently was a fox. They only stood there a couple of seconds and then took off. Thank goodness. There are lots of rabid foxes in South Carolina. The rest of the walk was non-eventful.
I watched the second DVD of Susan Salo. And I learned something. When we learn about dogs jumping, you learn that the perfect jump is the dog taking off 12 inches before the jump and landing 12 inches after the jump ( for a dog that jumps 12 inch bars). Susan said not in the real world. For a dog on course to be able to do that he would have to add extra strides and slow down. The dog will adjust its stride depending on what information he has and take off where needed. I never knew that. I thought your dog was suppose to have that perfect jump all the time. Hmmmm. I'm looking forward to viewing the rest of the DVD's. Also Shelties, and other breeds, tend to jump with there head up because they are so straight in the front. But jumping with the head up brings the butt down and greater chance for dropping a bar. Lots more to learn.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
This is the road before the beach. It looks cool the way the tress hang over the road.
Here is the golf course for all you golfers.
We ate lunch here, very nice.
Walked on the beach. Beautiful day, 83 degrees and breezy.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
On Wednesday I went up to North Carolina for a some classes. It was pouring down rain in Columbia when I left and let up right before getting off the exit for the class. Didn't rain at class at all. I was shocked. I took both dogs out of the car when I got there. They seemed fine. Then I put Guiness up because it was time for Miley's class. ( contacts and weaves) This is a small class and we work in separate parts of the field. Meagan sets up what you need for your dog. First we worked on Mily's weaves. She did really well. There were a few missed entries but it gives me something to work on. We had trouble with #10 to #11 weave pole entry.
The course was renumbered and it started over a jump and then a call to heel into the weaves. Miley had a lot of trouble with that. Something else to work on. We also worked on contacts. Miley stopped on the contacts. But when Meagan had me back up with Miley still in the 20/20 position , then I would run by. She self released. Something else to work on.
Next it was Guiness CU class. When I got him out of the car and walked him he was limping and stopped to bite his foot. I looked at it , couldn't find anything. He still couldn't walk. Looked at it again, brushed the bottom of it. He still couldn't walk on it. I took him into this fenced yard so I could lay him down. I moved his foot around and it was weird. It had a cracking feeling to it and something was moving that shouldn't have been. I moved it around some more and all of a sudden all that weirdness went away. I felt normal. He got up and began to get the zoomies. He was so happy and excited. He was so crazy, running , dashing barking, that Miley was scared. She hid under my legs while Guiness went crazy. After that everything was fine. The CU class was good. I need to work on Guiness going to his mat and making him work longer before getting treats.
In a few days it will be my birthday. My husband wanted to get me a new camera. A HD camera. So Ive spent the last two days playing with cameras. One, my computer isn't fast enough for HD stuff. I'm trying one right now, its a Samsung HMX-H100. So far all of the cameras that Ive tried I cant use Quicktime. My computer isnt fast enough so the video is jerky. ( I have the upgraded QT for HD) I really like QT when viewing my videos because of the slow motion stuff. Anyway, the samsung is good and cheap ( relatively) All the software is on the camera. You just plug it in and start. You can edit the video on the camera, which I like. O'course I'm really slow at it. My casio, I can edit fast, like those kids you see texting on their phones. I'm not sure the vidoe is as clear and sharp as I thought it would be. I did upload one video on youtube. ( it directly loads from the camera software to youtube, nice feature)
This is in regular HD and I can go one level higher in the HD. Maybe I will try that tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Here is our novice standard run. I released her before I was in position to cue the correct tunnel entrance so she took the wrong one. I put her in the correct entrance and finished running. This was our "Q" run , you are allowed one off course.
Someone asked me about running on the fake truf. It seemed ok to me. I saw just a few dogs slip. Several times I saw dobermans having trouble and I saw one sheltie slip coming out of the chute. Other than that it seemed ok. One problem was a dog peed on a spot and that spot then continued to be a problem for other dogs. They kept cleaning it but it was still a problem.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
So I was embarrassed and mad. I know , stupid, but sometimes you cant help how you feel. I just wanted to go home. She didn't get the weaves so that is a big problem area. I even packed up all my stuff and put it in the car. Then I decided this was stupid. I didn't want to end the weekend like that and I didn't want that to be in Miley memory. So I decided to stay and do the jumpers course. I think I did well at keeping her active but not to active and my legs didn't hurt. Here's are jumpers run, so close. One dropped bar or we would have taken first. How many times has that been said. LOL
Friday, July 3, 2009
So today's plan was not to walk as much to keep my leg pain down and not to do stairs with Miley. I would carry her down the stairs or walk all the way around to the other side and come in on the ground floor. Our first run was Novice standard. She did great. We "Q"ed and took 2nd place. So now we can move up to open standard. Now Ive accomplished my goals for the weekend. After Miley's run I had her get a message and she was sore in her right hip area. After that I put her in her crate to rest. It was a long rest because I worked the excellent standard 20 inch dogs. I think there were 76 dogs in this class. It was a long class. No to long after that was my jumpers run. We walked the course and it seemed nice. We started out nice but missed the second jump in the pinwheel. Not sure why. Then came around thru the tunnel over a jump , with 180 degree turn into the weaves. She got the entry and popped out after pole 9 or 10. Went into the next pinwheel and took the off course jump straight ahead and that when the wild ride started. She was just so excited, taking jump after jump and not coming back on course. I couldn't get her back on any type of course. I ran to the end of the line and she came to me. WhooHoo. Put her leash on, no problem. I felt like she was running around the ring saying ,"I'm free, I'm free, Look at me!!".
So Miley has too much energy and wasn't tired. My legs don't hurt at all. Maybe tomorrow I will find a happy medium. The Internet here at the hotel is terrible so I'm not posting any video. I cant even check my email.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
We ran in the "B" match. We had some problems but over all we did ok. The flooring on the ground was like fake grass, but thick fake grass. Ive never seen anything like it. I ran Miley first in standard. It started out great. Fantastic teeter then a turn into the a-frame. OMG she jumped the contact. I brought her back to me and made her sit at the bottom of the contact and then released her. Then tunnel , broad jump and into the weaves. She jumped right on the table. On the table I made her down. While waiting for the count, she was shaking all over. I guess from excitement. I released her, over a jump and back over the a-frame. She jumped off the a-frame even higher up. Holy crap, she is going to break her leg. I brought her back again and placed her a couple of feet above the contact and told her "touch". She still jumped it. Finally I just put her in the "touch" position. When we ran out of the ring, she seemed pretty happy. I started feeling down about the contacts. What am I going to do? Then I remember my new positive attitude. I decided not to worry about the contacts and run her again. I couldn't remember my three words, Fun, Confident, happy, when I walked into the ring. Ok regroup. Be calmer, think happiness. Our second run went much better. I ran my own course, she popped out of the weaves, ran around the table but as soon as she hit the table I released her. I'm not sure what the trouble with the tunnel was. But all her contacts were great and she came to me after the run. WhooHoo
Then we had a little bit of a wait for the jumpers run. That run I finally felt normal when I went to the line. We had a good run, a couple of wide turns and she missed the weaves. I know I didn't cue it right but I couldn't figure out how to let her know about the turn into the weaves. After missing the weaves, she took a jump and then around into the weaves. WhooHoo all the way down. I threw her toy/bait bag and ran out of the ring. She got treats right outside the ring. I really hope that made an impression on her to tomorrow.
I forgot to bring socks. I have an extra set of clothes I keep in the car so I have at least on pair. I guess I have to go buy some.
The last part of the video wont upload, where she goes over the jump and then does the weaves. O well.
Its been cool the last 2 mornings and Ive had some good walks with the dogs. Yesterday when we got back from the hiking trail, we all had ticks on us. Yuk!! So today I took them to the other park. Since it was so cool I could walk at a brisk pace and kept everyone trotting almost the whole walk. And the good news was Miley came to me to put her leash on before the walk. Even thought she new we were going in the car. There is hope yet.
The only bad thing that happened today was I was going to throw the ball for Miley. As my arm was coming through the swing, she did a spin before she was going to take off and the front of her snout hit my hand. Ouch! She ran away from me and didn't want to play ball anymore. But after the walk, apparently she wasn't tired, and brought me the ball. So we played for a few minutes.
And what do Chihuahua's like to do?