Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ooops!

So I think I might have mislead everyone with the relationship building that Ann Braue talked about.  Its not some magical thing that will fix all your problems.  So Im just going to talk about it. Also remember this is what I heard her say and I could have misunderstood what she said.  She talked about how we spend so much time building a relationship with our puppies but we tend to take the relationship for granted as they get older.  So she said every time you get your dog out of the crate, work tricks and give them a cookie.  Sit-cookie, nose touch-cookie, high five-cookie.  Those are all deposits into the relationship bank.  When on course and something goes amuck, that is a withdrawal from the relationship bank.  Right then- do a simple trick and give a cookie.  Make sure the trick really is easy so you can reward the dog.  If she has a young dog and he misses the weave pole entry. She does a quick trick -cookie, and then sends them back to do the weaves again.  Good trainers have way more deposits then withdrawals in the relationship bank.  She said  she has had good success with helping dogs that are visiting and doing things you dont want when on course.  Im sorry this probably wasnt what you were hoping for but there it is.
Someone asked me which of the three trainers  I liked the best.  I really couldnt tell you. They all taught different things and had tips to help different problems.  If I needed to work on speeding my dog up, I would probably go with Jenn Pinder.  If I wanted to work on  stress in the ring, I would probably go with Ann Braue.  If I wanted to work on just handling , I would go with Jennifer Crank.  But really all of them were awesome and very helpful.  They also worked your dog. Your problems may have been different then the dog that just ran. They didnt just work the sequence, they work your dogs problem. I really liked that. 

I posted this already on facebook , but I will put it here too.  On Sunday , someone showed me this product that I had never heard of. Im sure lots of show people know about it, but I didnt. Its called" Pro-line self rinsing shampoo".  You can order is on Amazon.  When you dog is dirty but you cant get to water to wash them , you use this product.  Just spray it on, rub their fur and then wipe the area with a towel. It was like magic. All the orange dirt that was on Miley was gone. Here is Miley before the Pro-line.

This picture was taken right after I sprayed her and wiped her down. Its great stuff, esp if you cant get your dog cleaned up before going to the hotel.  This picture I posted of her yesterday, saying it was my favorite. That was taken that evening after using the Proline. I wish I had known about it all weekend.
"See, now Im clean. And the best part is I didnt have to take a bath!"

17 comments:

Sara said...

I think that relationship stuff is very interesting and makes a lot of sense. Even in non agility situations.

You seem as though you really got your moneys worth at this camp. Hope your back is feeling better.

Reilly / Bree said...

That sounds like a great product and it certainly looks like it cleaned up Miley.

It is only common sense to build upon a relationship continually - we do that with children so why not with out furbabies?

Amy Wood said...

That is a good point about needing to continue to build the relationship when they are adults. Thanks for the info on the Proline. I will definitely check that out. I would like to follow you on facebook too, do you friend people who follow you blog or just friends/family? The pics of Miley are great. Such a beautiful dog!!!

Diana said...

Amy, I Facebook mostly dog people. Lol. I tried to find you . Send me a request.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Thanks for writing what Ann told you all about relationship building - it makes tons of sense to me. I can see the constant reinforcement making a difference in Ricky 's recalls for instance. Not sure about agility but it might be helping.

What a fantastic seminar! You got so much great info. Glad you enjoyed all three instructors.

Dawn said...

Very cool product! And excellent advice about continuing to build relationships with our dogs. I know I forget a lot with Katie now that she's 4 and we're not in school as much.

The Musketeers said...

Haha, great 'product' there :)

Priscilla said...

What a neat product and it did help clean up Miley!

Glad you had a good course and good instructors!

Kathy said...

I think a camp like that had to be really neat to go to especially with such top trainers so I imagine you got such a good presentation of lots of ideas from different people so I am sure everyone had a slightly different take on things. That would be neat so you have a lot of ideas to choose from to fit your particular team. You were very lucky to get to go to that, it really sounds like such a neat camp.

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

I really like the ideas! It makes perfect sense.

We have something similar for the waterless shampoo, but it's called Show Off, I got it at one of the dog shows. I LOVE it, it works so well and is so easy.

I really loved reading about the Jenn Pinder seminar. That's great that everyone loved Miley.

Elizabeth said...

We call them "Screw up cookies" Asking for a simple behavior and rewarding the dog when we make mistakes. It's not fair to not pay your dog when you were in the wrong.

loralei913 said...

Thanks for the info about the seminar presenters. I feel like when a seminar is being held, the presenter's bio tells all about their personal accomplishments, but nothing about their strengths as a presenter. Glad I signed up Marron then for the Jen Pinder one later this month. This will be the first "big time" seminar I've ever done.

taio said...

superb

LauraK said...

Sounds like you sure learned a lot at camp, thanks for sharing your experience with us!

That "red" dog of yours sure was a mess! That Pro-line sure is magic!!

Ludo van Doggy said...

I've just read through all the posts and picked up some good tips. I think the relationship bank makes good sense. When I was training with my old agility class they would get us to call the dog a cheat if they did something wrong, Ludo gets really frustrated with this and barks which is then frustrating for me. It would be far better to remove him from the mistake by rewarding him for something good.
Glad you enjoyed the courses and got some good results.

Katie, Maizey and Magnus said...

Wow that Pro-line self rinsing shampoo looks awesome! I've been wondering if it really worked, looks like it worked great. I have been so far behind on everyones blogs I have been reading and not commenting, but I'm glad I came and got caught up! Thanks for the good tip!

Marie said...

Well, I've been really behind in reading everyone's blogs, so I guess I just finished reading all about the camp now, and I have to say it sounds like it was awesome. I'm glad you learned so much and that you shared it with us.

As for that shampoo, I think I'm going to have to get me some of that. I really could have used that in Boulder City last month. Dare was kind of pink by the end of the weekend.