Happy Holiday week everyone
For Christians I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from myself, Casey, Faelan, Towhee and Brady. Sorry no pic, but it is very, very hard to get 4 dogs looking in the same direction within a pup pup's attention span LOL
Faelan has officially entered the serious proofing state for his Utility work. At rental last night, we set up scent discrimination heading towards a wall of crates without the ring gates up - this setup was unplanned but Faelan had to be worked through getting the articles - going, working and not heading into his own (open) crate - we simplified after a few working ones and faced another direction and he did great, but it pointed out my need to build up his ability to withstand that type of pressure ; he knew all but one of the dogs lined in the crate.
Other than that:
Casey: Heeling, recalls, fronts & finishes, Drop on Recall (good thing he;s retired LOL)
Faelan: Signals (v nice), moving SFE (v nice), Go-Outs, pivots, recalls, fronts, finishes, drop on recall and of course the articles (about 20 minutes on this one exercise)
Towhee: Heeling, recalls, fronts, finishes, down at my side (straight & fast), Novice level SFE, Group exercises. She did a super job although I need to work on moving her heel position back by an inch or so; although I might just wait on that and see how she does at more matches - if she ramps up at trials she will be forges, if she stays at the same position of drops back very slightly she will be perfect.
Brady: Front & Rear Cross flat work, sits, downs, stands, baby heeling, recalls - Brady is already almost 19 inches tall and so can begin heeling practice IMO, choosing to be in heel position will be the first stages in his training.
We didn't work on retrieves or anything since there are a few dogs getting ready for showing in March, so we started 'run thru' practicing ")
Today will hopefully prove interesting .
One of my online classes will be wrapping up this week for instructor feedback (MaxPup3 with Tracy Sklenar) so I am hoping to get some footage of Brady in for review. My other class, Building Relationship through Play with Denise Fenzi has already finished up and is now entering its audit availability stage where you can see all the lectures, discussions etc but cannot submit videos etc.