May I present to you, Sunfire's Desert Fox (aka Brady) and his very first pheasant wing? The photo was sent from teacher's phone and copied from the screen, but it shows the little one with his wing. Hotel4Dogs, this is for you As a side note, at 14 weeks, I have already had to trim his ears so he may just take after his grand-daddy Penuche in coat.
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hi-hi.... We went to class today as we do every weds.... Jacks was very "on" today.
Just running through really quickly (so tired) -
Drops - I think there were 8 or 9 of us? Four of us grabbed chairs and sat out on the floor with lanes between us. The other people and their dogs did drops up and down the lanes. And then we switched. I worked watches/stays with Jacks while we sat in the chair. And then we did the 6 drops (2 each of the 3 lanes). He did each perfectly. The first drop in each lane, I did both verbal and hand signal. Second drop was just hand signal.
Gloves - I put Jacks in a stay and went out to play steward for somebody. And then *drumroll* We did our first ever gloves, with actual gloves, at class. Jacks did it PERFECTLY. I was very proud of my enthusiastic retriever. He was off leash, started facing the other direction and pivoted around to point our feet in the direction of the target. When I sent him, he would have stirred up a dustcloud as he took off running for the correct glove. The others might as well have not been out there. <- Thank goodness for all the multiple retrieve games we've always played.
Only thing is that he did a little happy shake-shake of his prize coming back to me. I was told this wouldn't be points off necessarily, but if he got carried away clowning around - that would be.
Heeling - was insanely good. Not only was he focused and prancing and heeling, but he genuinely was working his little heart out. The same effort he put into retrieving those gloves? That's how he was heeling.
Signals - Jacks wasn't picking up the down signal. Distraction. But thankfully we had a quiet corner to work on signals/position changes. I worked him through it.
Moving stands - This was a step back from what we did on Monday. Jacks moved all over on the first stand and I just walked in and release him on that one and the one following. I was trying to figure out how to signal him to stand. The signal I tried to use is also the signal I give him for "limp" (I trained him to limp on cue). So he tried heeling with me doing the hobble leg thing. Silly boy.
Jumps - YUCK. Still working on the high jumps. Discussed with instructor, and this is going to have to be something I bring into the house and practice every day at lower jumps to build up his confidence and timing back to where it was this summer. We did low jumps in the corner and he at least did those. It's just when the jump starts to get high enough to "look back at him" when he approaches that he balks.
Broad jump - we just did 2 of them. 48". First with a target. The other without. Both were perfect, no need to repeat.
Stays - He did fine. I stepped well off to the side during the sit stay. Down I stepped halfway behind the screen. I went out halfway to praise and pat him and then went back to my station peeking around the screen.
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I haven't been on this thread lately and I've missed it!
Sharon, Towhee looks awesome. Tito says hi to her. He says WOO WOO! Loved the photo of Brady with the wing.
Susan, good luck this weekend!
Happy, you should be really proud of a 195! Congrats on the second leg and the RN title!
Laurie, LOVE the tracking! Lexx is such a doll.
Kate, Jacks is making lots of progress it sounds like!
Anney, good luck this coming weekend at the HT (sorry, wrong thread).
Sorry if I missed anyone, I really enjoyed catching up in this thread.
Last weekend we had agility trials. He got a Q in JWW on Friday, a QQ on Saturday (our 3rd), and a NQ NQ on Sunday....maybe 3 days of trials (6 in 10 days!) is too much for him. That's it for us for agility until January now.
CH Rosewood Little Giant, UDX VER RA SH MXP MJP OFP VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UUD UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"
run free my sweet, sweet loves, I will love you and miss you forever.
If you are in contact with somebody with a little talkative red dog - you need to get her to post here or somewhere else on GRF about what SHE has been doing. My gosh. There's an unheard word that somebody has 2 more titles.
We are on our way to stays with Brady This morning his breakfast included beef, tripe & organ meats and he waited for permission to dive in - with him sitting and the food a foot or so away !!! Must have been 4 or 5 seconds ; and yes, this is how I start to train stays. And this morning Towhee did not dive into his food when she heard OK <VBG>
The other dogs had last night and this morning totally off since I was fighting to get home in traffic for over 2 1/2 hours and then had real issues getting my Xterra off the road so was truly not in a happy mood ; ended up having to ram through the snow so hard that I bounced off the cement retaining wall (no damage to truck luckily but I hate that 'boing' of the vehicle hitting an unmovable object); hungry too since I had not stopped at the store since when I left in the morning there was steak & salad in the fridge - but it was gone when I got home so the dogs ate well and I did not <sigh>
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This is one of the cases where I REALLY have to control my patience and make sure I'm not MAD when I'm training. O_O
I got home from work and set the high jump up in our front yard since I still had daylight and the ground was mostly dry and still semi soft (it feels crunchy-spongey vs frozen).
And Jacks was terrible.
He jumped going out, but then balked about going back over and DROPPED the dumbbell. He did this twice and then absolutely refused to go anywhere near the dumbbell.
He jumps fine without the dumbbell, but I swear he believes that having the dumbbell in his mouth while jumping makes the jump fall over and make a loud noise. o_O! And that's whatever the height. I dropped the jump all the way down to 12" because I really was tired and wanted him to do back to back successful jumps so we could call it quits.
And he just started to shut down - meaning he'd take the jump when sent, but then stop and then turn around to stare wildly at me over the top of the jump, refusing to go anywhere near the dumbbell.
I checked his mouth out just in case he had bit his tongue or lip and something was bothering him. Nope. His tongue looked dark from him stressing out, but I didn't see any cause of pain in his mouth.
I tossed the dumbbell for a few flat retrieves and he went GALLOPING to retrieve and actually did me proud by coming in semi crooked and side stepping to sit perfect in front without me aiding him.
I went back to tossing the dumbbell over the baby jump which he could have stepped right over practically and again he'd jumped over and then turned around to give me the glassy stare and wouldn't go near the dumbbell until I joined him on the other side of the jump and essentially took the jump out of the picture.
So there I was thinking - OMG, my dog is broken. >.<
Probably the most frustrating this is I can understand him flaking out if I were correcting him. But because I KNOW he shuts down when corrected when in flake mode, I was going up, quietly taking him by the collar and going right back to repeat the jump without any comment. I think because he's so sensitive and intune to me that he knew I was not a happy camper.
So finally I got one good jump and called it quits. I took him inside, handed him off to a family member and asked them to keep an eye on him. And I went to the gym and worked out for an hour to blow off steam.
Got back home and prepped his food, put it on the table in our basement... and I set the jump up. Got my sister to help me out by standing to the side of the jump to cheerlead him into taking the 12" jump with the dumbbell. I stood absolutely quiet 8 feet in front of the jump and immediately rewarded and partied with him when he came back. We did a few and then he got din-din.
I plan on doing the same every single day of this winter.
With the basement having tiled floors, we are absolutely not doing any higher jumps than 12" down there. Our garage is cement and is not as slippery, so I may raise the jump out there. Otherwise, I really am limited as far as practice this winter. Darnit.
The hilarious thing is that I had been thinking (this summer) that the worst thing would be the OSS stays. He had been getting so solid on the jumps (including doing them every fun match).
But here he's actually doing much better with the "transitioning" with the stays than I thought he would be. Meaning, that he's not getting scared or stressed out when I pop out of sight on him at class. o_O How does that figure.
If I know my "keep mom busy" nerdlet, he's probably going to solid up on the jumps and the stays are going to fall apart. >.<
Kate: my suggestion is to set a video recorder at all angles and really zoom in to make sure Jacks is able to clearly see over the ends of the dumbbell while his head is both lifting to take the jump and lowering for landing. Sometimes we need a smaller bell size that might be more work to initially pick up but safer going over the jump. The bit also needs to fit really well so it does not catch flews or slide. A lot of retrieve problems just go away when the dumbbell is the correct size, shape and weight for each individual dog.
I prefer wooden dumbbells with angled ends for that reason.