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Old 02-19-2013, 05:36 PM
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Jonah and I healed around our weave poles in my pasture with a motion light to light the way. He gave good attention and so we moved on to signals and fronts. It seems that if anything is going to suffer from lack of practice it is fronts so I usually throw those in several times a week. Jonah has always been on the lean side but this winter he has put on a few extra pounds so his hips have a bit of "bounce" in them. So, we are doing more playing with his tug toy than going to the fridge in my workshop for treats.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:33 PM
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I had an awesome agility training session with the dogs last night! I worked both Filly and Rivet on the teeter, chute, and tire. They both had a lot of fun. Rivet was on fire, he is so happy to be training agility again. I then had class with Filly, she did really well, but I was late on my collection arm last night, which I am usually much better at. Silly me..

I think I may enter Rivet in the UKC trial that I entered Filly in the weekend of April 20th.

I sent out entries for an AKC trial, but doubt I will get in. It was kinda last minute as far as the mail service goes, so I doubt it will be there in time for the draw. Oh well there are always other trials. Even if I do make it in time for the draw, there is no guarantee I will get picked.
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I joined a rental tonight with Faelan & Towhee. Just these 2 since traffic was a bear and I was very late.

Faelan got to practice signals, scent articles, fronts, finishes, changes of pace and Moving SFE.

Towhee got to practice heeling, figure 8, recalls, fronts, finishes, stand for exam. I also started her on random drops at speed while coming towards me with the get it, get it, get it, down game.

Both dogs got to do group sits & downs and then we spent an hour doing some pretty tough sequences for one of my classes - sends and compound sends which I really need to work more with. A few of the sends involved back side jumping as well so it was fast & flowing.

It was truly a blast
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:34 AM
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I feel pretty guilty admitting this, but I pretty much skipped training yesterday and I haven't practiced articles with Jacks since Sunday. >.<

What was I doing instead? Watching a horrifically bad monster movie -

I have no idea what the name of the movie was, but a basic synopsis is scientists brought a miniature dinosaur with a gorilla head back home from an expedition on Venus. As the dinosaur was exposed to our atmosphere/air, it started GROWING and GROWING AND GROWING. It changed size a few times, but it was about the same size more or less as a bull elephant. And it killed the elephant by biting its neck and squashing it down on top of cars (cars smushing like pancakes). And we were told the monster couldn't be killed because it didn't have lungs or a heart, it just had a bunch of tubes throughout its body. Which considering it was probably a claymation monster, was probably true. o_O Er, but for a monster who didn't have lungs, it certainly roared a lot. Oh they killed it anyway. It climbed on top of the collisseum and was making like King Kong. Then it did a "I've been SHOT!" routine when shot in the stomach and then it fell off the top of the collisseum and died. The end.

*coughs*

I'm planning to do articles with Jacks and video a training session with Bertie.

One training thing I did yesterday was a single wait/front that I did with Berts. I'm holding off the "sit" command to see if he will sit on his own. At least when fronting short distances (2 feet), he is sitting automatically. And very straight. <= Longer distances, I definitely have to guide AND remind him to sit.
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Training yesterday morning my little monster switched from stealing other people's dumbells to stealing other peoples gloves , of course he doesn't want to give it back and when he is in this mood refuses to listen . Again he was pretty sloppy with almost everything we did but he had a whole lot of fun . Nuggets only redemption was going over and retrieving the dumbell each time and actually giving a couple good fronts doing the ROHJ. Today at home I added two articles tied to mat and he found and brought back the correct one each time about 8 times in all. I think we will be at 5 metal and five leather very soon then it's time to start the untying process but by then it should have been done enough times where his nose will overtake the grab and run ( I hope) . Go outs are lost on him so I'm going to quit trying for a while. He does need to mature a bunch as yesterday was 10 months of age for him so he is really young still and today at vets he weighed 63 lbs.


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I decided to stop being a daily participant on this site. I'll update periodically to keep everyone up to date with where we are at. I really do expect big things out of Bella down the road. I believe she is special.

Thanks, everyone for all of your help over the past few months. I've learned a lot from all of you.

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Old 02-21-2013, 10:12 AM
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Nugget is at 4 metal 4 leather tied down and one scented one of each . He did correctly sniff out the leather and metal scented ones 2 times each this morning. Monday hopefully ( if we don't go backwards) ill tie up one leather and then one metal for a week and if all goes well the following week we will start untying articles . Going to training tonite to work on other problem areas.


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@Nairb - I hope you continue to join us on the obedience thread at least. Keep us updated on how your girlie does - especially with her CGC test coming up.

@Richard - reading your posts is making me feel guilty. I trained my boys yesterday, but didn't get around to pulling out my training bag for articles. >.<

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Bertie is doing well with everything so far - and I'm really looking forward to getting him into classes, as well as starting other-people approaches with the stand-for-exam. My two oldest sisters are the best help for this part since they both know how to do the exam in a "exerting calm" way.

Jacks is an angel. We trained go-outs and signals yesterday. I'm planning to bring him with on Saturday and work go-outs and maybe a little directed jumping connected to the go-outs.

And yes, we need to do articles tonight. >.<
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Thanks, Megora.

I will update after the CGC test, which is two weeks. The 3 week class starts tonight. I expect it to go well, but will not take it for granted. We will be very well prepared.

I've just decided that day to day participation in this site isn't for me. I will still continue to read select threads and topics, including this one. I watched the video of you and Bertie. Great job.


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Old 02-21-2013, 05:14 PM
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Thought I'd share.... I made this video for the "support group" my instructor started and posted there.


This was the first time I've trained articles OUTSIDE and as I somewhat expected Jacks was a little shaky. He needed reminders to pick up the articles and each return he paused like he was unsure he picked right.

I just encouraged him for right now. I assume the next round of articles we do outside will be better.
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