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Dec 2016 Training Logs

Plans, goals, accomplishments, logs and.or challenges as we enter the Holiday season, anyone?


Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady and Aedan

Running on silent paws beside me now and forever King , Rowdy and Casey

You add obedience to the game,
not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

Give up your goals,
Focus on the process -- Denise Fenzi
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My dogs have had a break from training which should have refreshed us all

I need to begin building Faelan's rear strength up from the cruciate injury, proof Towhee's understanding of Utility, formulate a plan for Brady's ring stress issues and start proofing Aedan while also teaching Ms Finch her basics -- in obedience and a love of working -- well she does love learning for sure, but I need to train the baseline of all the games I use as my dogs advance through their training and figure which games and activities will best suit her

I do have a private lined up for Friday and also talked to several other people (especially men) about privates in the future to help generalize ring procedures for both Brady & Aedan -- Faelan & Towhee have solid understandings already.


Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady and Aedan

Running on silent paws beside me now and forever King , Rowdy and Casey

You add obedience to the game,
not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

Give up your goals,
Focus on the process -- Denise Fenzi
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Worked articles with both boys 2x each article . Pleased with results only 1 turn in place that Hombre had his butt " out " same with Nugget but Nugget didn't leave " briskly " on first article but a butt slap and a hurry up order fixed the next three. Hombre and I did several " take it " and " OUT" exercises with a glove as he tends to hold it and not release on my " out " command. Mouthing is sometimes also an issue but it's getting better. Trying to decide if I want to enter Hombre in Utility B in early Jan. As there is a three trial event being held only 5 miles away. I don't normally show in Jan - Feb. because of unreliable weather conditions but this is in my back yard .
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Wow -- geek alert!

Yes, I am a geek and now that I know some things about obedience and agility (and even hunt) training, some of the things that I want to know:
> Why?
> How ?
> When ?

For instance:
Why might my dog sit too far away from me (not enough for points off but not like in training)
How can I best assist my dogs? (Fast and accurate with full understanding and joy)
When to push and when to allow for physical/emotional/automatic responses to develop in their own time?

I have read a few of the lectures in a new course that I am taking at FDSA and am left with Wow, already so glad I signed up (bronze/audit level) -- Devil in the Details




Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady and Aedan

Running on silent paws beside me now and forever King , Rowdy and Casey

You add obedience to the game,
not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

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Had an awesome semi private yesterday with Brady We are working with teaching Brady that he CAN handle pressure of varying types and come through with a smile on his face and a prance in his step. A friend joined me and we worked some things together which is why it turned into a semi private.

I also learned I have developed the bad bad habit of not pushing through my left turns - if I lose energy for a nano second Brady will also lose energy - I have had this issue in the past and it does not really show up in video so an OTCh in person instructor is really really important at times for me

Then picked Faelan up as I traveled home , thinking Brady would have a treat by riding in my front seat -- nope, he kept going into the back seat!! So Faelan got to ride in the front - although he too tried the back seat LOL

Brady was very upset with the cone and the bandaging and I actually had to manage the two all night -- this morning the bandaging came off plus I removed the cone and Brady got to investigate it (Brady smashes any cone he has to wear with an hour so I know he does not like them), and when they all came back inside from first outing and I put the cone back on Faelan, all seems well -- all 4 dogs are contently lying at my feet. I will need to be alert for the next several days but it feels good to have them all in their happy places again !

I need to check to see if there are drop in classes today - if there are Brady and Aedan will be going,


Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady and Aedan

Running on silent paws beside me now and forever King , Rowdy and Casey

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not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

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I just set up articles with just the new wooden set for Towhee.

5 articles just with the bells lightly scented from my putting them out and 1 article regularly scented - done twice each dog. I took Faelan's cone off for his turn.

All dogs, even Aedan, did really well!! Well Aedan actually brought back 2 the 2nd time but he included the correct along with the one next to it so I'll count that as a win!! The articles were probably only 3-4 inches apart so too close for a youngster anyhow.

As an interesting side note, Towhee is a dainty looking girl and has small articles in comparison to the boys -- small enough so the article vendors always question their size (they are 3" long with 2 1/2" bells and a small bit diameter) when they hear she is a golden. A full inch shorter than the boys usually use. Well, they appear to be the correct size for Aedan so if his muzzle does not broaden out, I will be buying more appropriate articles for him LOL I cannot see going into the ring with daintily painted Towhee bird designed articles, or pink on pink striped articles with him!


Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady and Aedan

Running on silent paws beside me now and forever King , Rowdy and Casey

You add obedience to the game,
not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

Give up your goals,
Focus on the process -- Denise Fenzi

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Worked both boys on articles 2x each both leather and metal and they did a fine job. After articles moving stand and signals and again a fine job. Because Hombre sometimes doesn't want to give the glove we practiced TAKE- HOLD - OUT several times with a reward given when he didn't resist and its definetly getting better. A little later today we'll do some heeling on the street . Next Thursday is this years last trial but only Nugget is entered so I'm also trying to determine if the trial in Jan.would be worth entering Hombre in utility--can't make up my mind.
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Today was out & abouts with Aedan while Towhee & Brady went hiking. Faelan is still a cone head so he got to stay home.

The plan was simple acclimation - how long before he starts checking in and how long before he starts demanding work. It is a cold day so although I stopped at a few parks I ended up at a school since there was not a whole lot of activity anywhere - at least at the school there were no doubt plenty of good smells



Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady and Aedan

Running on silent paws beside me now and forever King , Rowdy and Casey

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not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

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Penny stopped sneezing Wednesday but I kept her home from class to be safe. We went to the trial today and I can say Penny wins the award for most fun + greeting people. Zeros Q's - that's fine by me. Penny had fun and I did too. =)

I was told by a volunteer to remove her flea collar and regular collar since it's a buckle collar. They leant me a slip lead since I didn't know she'd be running "naked."

Time to Beat Penny snagged the leash and took off in zoomie fashion. Finally got her to take the teeter and a couple jumps and I lost her again, then we had to leave since we were over time.

Jumpers with weaves - would have qualified with first place if she didn't drop a bar. She wanted to see the judge but came back and focused on me. It wasn't smooth - I don't care, I was just happy that she was able to focus on me. =)

The results posted said I Q'd, but then I learned those are preliminary results and we didn't Q. I wish they didn't post results until they're finalized so I can learn what results in an NQ better.

Standard This was shaky because Penny kept greeting people. We were one jump from finishing. I told the leash person to hold the leash and not set it down, but she put it at the exit, so Penny grabbed it.

So, the positives: very solid weave entries, NAILED the tire when she hadn't even seen one in four months. Good contacts, wasn't bothered by dogs walking past her crate all day. Two dogs got in a spat right behind her when we were walking today and she didn't even flinch.

The negatives: people greeting, leash grabbing. If I put her in a sit stay for a lead out I can see her head swiveling around for things to pick up/people to see.

What to do before we go to another trial:

>lots of people distraction training
>find run-throughs at unfamiliar training buildings
>focus training
>find books/online classes to help

This is the video from today's trial, it might still be processing:

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I have used rolled leather collars on my dogs in AKC agility as needed -- I go into the ring with a slip lead but they might well have an additional collar on; was this an AKC trial?


Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady and Aedan

Running on silent paws beside me now and forever King , Rowdy and Casey

You add obedience to the game,
not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

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