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Old 01-29-2013, 11:12 AM
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I'm pretty sure my trainer would have told that guy to put the bone back in his vehicle. Wow.


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Just returned from morning class most exercises went well . Nugget is still confused as to what I want him to do on go outs and gloves he gets the wrong one because he doesn't get the mark even though we are only 8-10 feet from them and there are only 2 being used but he does get one and brings it back to me. Out of sight sits and downs couldn't have been better and they are 3-5 minutes. Heeling also good all auto sits today nice and straight . Nugget is really doing good with the left turn in place which I use only for #3 glove which in the past when given this in a trial my dogs have always know which one to get. Going to let the little guy just be a dog the rest of the day and tomorrow we will only TRY articles another exercise he's not understanding what I want him to do but in time I'm sure this will also have the light go on. We also did signals from about 20 feet and He DID THEM . Yea



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Nuggetsdad, it sounds like Nugget is really coming along. How old is he now?
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Nugget was born April 19 /12 which makes him 9 1/2 months old . He's doing pretty good and I try to teach him open and utility to prevent boredom for both of us exclusive of full height jumps or the drop on recall which could slow down his recalls or cause anticipation as he doesn't have even his first leg on a CD.


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I was debating about saying anything about today since it was... well, probably a mistake going to class. o_O



Yes, we had fog, rain, ice, and flooding... and add darkness, there was a nasty glare effect off the road that made it difficult to see anything. o_O

I didn't want to go out in that, but yes, I did.

I got there late and only had 5 minutes to train Bertie. That was in front of an audience, as everyone was there. I think even our instructor got to see him at the tail end. The good thing is - we have been working very hard on focus and footwork. So everyone was in awe of his heads up heeling and focus....

Jacks started out fine... we did moving stand practice. Training a different method which actually works even better than how I taught him. No nose bops needed.

Instructor did a full exam on him and let me know that Jacks needs to lose weight. <- That was about that point where class started going wrong.

Articles were next and these were "ugh". He technically did fine, but I think that after this class is over I'm going back to square one. What I don't like is he is not picking up the dumbbells unless I go in to help him. I'm not sure WHY. This dog is a retriever, so the part I can understand him having a problem with is "finding" maybe, not picking up dumbbells. o_O He had been picking up before, but will turn around expecting me to come in and help him. I think there is a hole or we moved to quickly.

So we finished our articles....

And then it was glove practice. This was again where Jacks was less than enthusiastic about retrieving. He was acting/looking stressed out.

And then we got to the directed jumping. I used a toy on the 22" jump (him jumping like it was nothing). That was with the bar jump, impressive because we haven't done a bar jump in a couple months.

Then we move over to do the same with a different jump... and just as I set Jacks up and he's trotting towards the jump... there was a big BOOM of thunder.

Jacks freaked. Not as frenzied as he has in the past, but definitely shutting down as far as training.

I now know why he was slightly off today, and had to pull him off the floor early since there was no point in asking him to work through his fear.

I'm tired. >.<
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I did some long recalls in the park while she was running around on the 50' lead. There's an area with 4 soccer fields. No trees. No sticks. Unfortunately, there are other things like garbage and random dog piles that are difficult to see due to the inch of slushy snow that covers the ground. Bella's "leave it" was perfect on the long lead. Imagine that....

Later, we did our standard indoor workout. I must confess, that's getting old. If I'm bored by it, there's a good chance Bella is too. Time to mix it up a bit.

Earlier today, I had a few hours to kill (slow time of the year for my profession), so I made a trip to Gander Mountain, Cabela's, Barnes & Noble, and Mill's Fleet Farm looking for a reference to learn how to use an e-collar. Surprisingly, Fleet Farm was the only store that had anything....


You guessed it. VHS! It was on clearance for 99 cents, so I picked it up. I probably wouldn't have paid more than $2 for it. We actually have two operating VCRs in the house. I'll wait and see what the DVD is like that comes with the collar before investing more for videos.

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@Nairb - I grew up with VHS, but the video quality and operating the VCR portion of our DVD player drives me nuts. Rewinding after playing something.... and fast forwarding instead of skipping forward? Remnant of the dark ages!
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@Nairb - I grew up with VHS, but the video quality and operating the VCR portion of our DVD player drives me nuts. Rewinding after playing something.... and fast forwarding instead of skipping forward? Remnant of the dark ages!
Tell me about it. That's why it was 99 cents. My kids still have VHS videos. I don't think we had a DVD player until about 7-8 yrs ago. I'm always behind the times when it comes to tech.
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This morning I set out five articles all metal 4 of which were tied down and the one he was to get had a little dab of cheese from a can on it. I sent him 4 times with the command to find it and lo and behold he sniffed around found it licked the cheese off picked it up and brought it to me. Could the light turned on . We had a party and lots and lots of praise with treats were bestowed on the little guy . We will do it again tomorrow and if successful will continue for a week or two this way before a leather is put down. This in my opinion is a very tough exercise for a dog to learn but once they understand what's being asked of them it's easy. We have lots ot time so I'm taking it s low before the cheese isn't used anymore and only my scent will be there.


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Scratch the 99 cent video. It's broken. I took the plastic wrap off, and a bunch of plastic shards came out. I had to scramble to pick them up because Bella wanted them. I found an old VHS tape, took it apart, and transplanted the spools into the casing of the older tape. Now it's stuck in the VCR.
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