Thursday, December 16, 2010

stuff

The photographer sent me new pictures.  She sent them thur a zip file.  I think they are a little better.

My plan has been to try and bring Miley to a new place each week to get her on different tables.  Its hasnt really worked out.   This weekend my plans fell thur due to weather.  So Monday I signed up to help the club  give the canine good citizenship test.  I figured I'd bring my table there and work her around the dogs. I know she has been to the club building before but she hasnt done agility there.  So I got there early, it was freezing outside with the wind blowing. I dragged that table in there and set up a couple of obedience jumps.  She did fine, no problems.
 The testing for the other dogs went well except for one dog.  When the lady walked in with him he seemed really excited.  I think she needed to go run him 5 miles before bringing him in. LOL. Anyway , he wanted to go see other dogs.  Im not good at knowing dog behavior but to me he looked like he was over the top excited and then was frustrated when he couldnt do what he wanted.  Apparently he jumped on another big dog and the owner pulled him off. When she did this, he bit her, twice.  I couldnt tell if he was being aggressive to the other dog or not , not that it mattered. You cant let your dog jump on another dog.  So since he bit his owner twice or maybe it was because he jumped on the other dog, they were excused. 

Yesterday I took Miley to another persons agility field. We have been there before but not for at least a year.  She got on the table with no problems.  The table was higher than Miley has to get on  but I didnt see the legs to change it.  I had also brought my table and used it too. We worked on all the things we have been having problems with.  Rear crosses on the flat into the weaves.  She didnt have any problem going to the right but going to the left  into the weaves she couldnt get it.  I figured out it was me causing that.  Once I got my footwork correct she could make the entry.  We worked contacts and ran a few sequences that we messed up last weekend.
Mickey is doing fine as you could probably tell in the pictures.  Guiness has been doing great.  But now they want me to wean him off the Theophylline.  So Im half way thur the process.  The vet said it wasnt a problem for him to be on it for life but he wanted to see what would happen if we take him off.  The bad thing is that its been so flipping cold that I havent walked him that much.  I did get in two long walks this pass weekend.  He did stop one time and refuse to walk at the really hilly park but I was able to just pull his leash and call him 2 times and he started walking again.  At the flat park on Sunday, he didnt have any problems. So I guess will just wait and see what happens.
This weekend is a USDAA trial.  Im not sure we are ready.  She did really well last night, no mistakes but who really knows if that means anything.  I would like to go to class tonight but Im just not up for driving all that way.
The good new is that Miley must feel great muscle wise.  She springs up into the air with no problems. The other night she sprang high enough above the counter to snatch a complete hamburger off the counter.  It wasnt near the edge either.  Ugh!! She had to bounce high enough  to be above the counter, snatch the hamburger with out hitting her face on the way down.   So that behavior was really rewarded. The dog wont forget getting a whole hamburger. Of course then I was worried she was going to get pancreatitis from all the fat in the hamburger.  But she was fine.

14 comments:

LauraK said...

Sounds like you've been busy! That's terrible that the lady's dog jumped on another dog and actually bit her. Sometimes you wonder what people are thinking...

I'll admit- I laughed at Miley's hamburger antics. I know it's naughty, but you described it so well that I could actually picture her bouncing thru the air and snatching the hamburger off the counter. Silly girl! Good luck at your trial this weekend!

Jules said...

I really like the first picture. I am so glad you are making progress with your/Miley's table woes.

Morganne said...

Nice photo! Miley is so beautiful!
Good luck this weekend and we'll be thinking wonderful positive table thoughts for you.

Have you ever set up a couple of tunnels to the table in practice? Get her really excited and high from running full speed and then cue the table?

Sara said...

I'm waiting for the day when Oreo swipes something off the counter. I know he can do it....

Glad to hear Miley is doing so well with the table. Good luck at your trial. Hope it warms up.

Cynthia said...

Oh boy a whole hamburger! :) Dang dogs can jump for things they really want.

I remember bringing weaves everywhere with Levi when he had weave problems (which was most of his career). Sounds like your table stuff.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Sounds like you have been getting in lots of productive training with Miley - I would say you are ready for your trial this weekend!

I have been wondering how Guiness is so thanks for the update - glad he is better!

Mom would totally freak out if I jumped up and grabbed anything off the counter but in Miley's case - good for her! She must feel super good to jump that high so easily!

Sam said...

What an awful thing for an owner to experience - getting bitten by their own dog. Was it a hard bite? I bet it was a redirected aggression type thing since he couldn't get at the other dog.

Kathy said...

Good luck this weekend, sounds like you have done some really fantastic work! Glad Miley is feeling physically really good, that is really good to hear!

Marie said...

I hope your trial goes really well this weekend! The hamburger story cracks me up. We have a tagteam of counter surfers here. Twist urges Lucy on since she's taller and she can reach most things on the counter, and then once she gets them off, he's pretty quick at snagging them and running off. LOL

Priscilla said...

Sounds like both of you are ready for the trial!! I hope all goes well and wish you the best of luck!

So happy to hear that Guiness and Mickey are doing much better now! You made me laugh with Miley's hamburger story too!!

Coco said...

Loves those photo's

tervnmal said...

A whole hamburger! The Belgians are in awe.

Glad she didn't get sick.

Ludo van Doggy said...

Sounds like Miley is making good progress with the table. I love the pictures!

Dawn said...

Boy you sure have your hands full! Hope the trial goes (went?) well!! Don't let Miley tell Katie about being able to get food off the counter, cause that hasn't occurred to Katie yet. And I'd like to keep it that way!