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This evening traffic held me up, so I did not make it home in time to feed & exercise the dogs and head out to class with Brady.

So, we had a mini session with my revving them up (personal play and voice)

Faelan, Towhee & Brady had signals in the kitchen to dining room -- Faelan & Towhee did really well while Brady kept sitting on the stand signal - but excellent on the other signals. Then MSFE which they all did well. Then I placed an oyster cracker on the DR rug, and went to the other side of the kitchen for pivots -- perfect pivots and sits earned them a mark and a send to the cracker They became even more amped LOL

Then Aedan worked some heeling (nice) with some stands (also nice) followed by the same place a cracker, return to heel, perfect pivots and sits earning a mark and a send to the cracker.

With lots of Yaying and clapping when the got their cracker and were turning around to come galloping back to me


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Scent Discrimination this morning

Faelan, Towhee & Brady all rocked it

Aedan is making very good progress


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No classes this week, but the school offered a "guided practice" session last night. It was for Master's level dogs, but since I was already taking my daughter and her dog, I signed Duster up as well. We adjusted the exercises to his level and he did very well. One of the challenges was a set of 12 weave poles with a tunnel set in a u-shape just 3 feet from the last weave pole, which was not the next obstacle in the sequence. Of the five dogs in the class - four very experienced Master's dogs and 14-month-old Duster - only Duster and one other dog actually completed the weaves. All the other dogs dived out at pole 10 to run into the tunnel. It was an interesting exercise in handler body language: some handlers focused more on keeping the dog out of the tunnel, and their dogs were the ones that didn't complete the weaves.

The second exercise was a jump-tunnel grid that was intended to practise blind crosses. Because of my mobility issues I don't handle in that way, so my challenge was to handle the exercise at a distance. Duster did very well. We're starting to understand one another.

He continues to be a bit tentative on his dogwalk entry, and on the teeter. He has always driven onto the dogwalk - it's an obstacle he likes - but he slipped off the "up" ramp about a month ago. While he was only about a foot of the ground at the time and wasn't hurt in the least, it's made him over-think and he hasn't got over the incident yet. Once on, he's fine: it's just the act of getting on to it. I think we may go back to the low dogwalk for a while, to rebuild his confidence. As for the teeter, any suggestions you may have to help him overcome his nervousness would be welcome. He will go onto the obstacle, but flattens over the apex, and this is the only obstacle he won't perform at a distance from me. I'm going to devise some teeter games and prop the teeter on a table so that the swing movement is less, but all other suggestions will be gratefully received.

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Real progress was shown by Hombre this morning doing articles, he was in heel position and told to stay but as I turned to put his scented article in the pile I dropped a treat which landed a foot in front of him which he saw and kept his eyes glued on it and when I returned I said take it and in a flash he did BUT he stayed till allowed to go and for Hombre this was a BIG BIGdeal . He also got the articles correct as did Nugget on each of the 4 sends both of them did. Fronts for Hombre a work in progress but he did get half straight. SCKC tonight.
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At Tuesday run throughs Penny was okay, she did bark when she heard a fast dog going through the course.

Good progress with class tonight. =) I decided to bring the clicker and use it a lot more. The last time I used it a lot was when I was doing a lot of reactivity work.

Penny's weaves were fantastic. She slipped right into them without any guidance from me, and usually I have to babysit her weave entrances. I saw her pick up the pace slightly and she didn't stare at me for approval after every pole like she usually does.

Two barks total from Penny tonight, and those were 100% due to handler error because I forgot to treat for every obstacle. I was good the first time through with click/treating every time, but then I got a little greedy, starting asking for more too fast, and that's when the barks happened.

I haven't used the clicker extensively for awhile, but tonight Penny was click/treated for playing the Look at That Game and for the completion of every obstacle. At the end of class I decided to be brave and play the Game next to a lab/golden doodle. Her butt was to the dog, and the dog was so close behind her she could have brushed it with her tail. She gave the dog very polite glances and didn't feel the need to stare.

Still no lead outs, although I did do one at the end and she didn't stay since I've been doing courses so much with no stays. She didn't bark for the lead out, that's all that matters.

I was disappointed with my instructor's reaction to Penny and how I handled her. His comment to my use of the clicker was "I see you're doing more obedience with her" and I got through an entire sequence at the end with his back to me while he talked to someone. He didn't even realize I already ran the course when he turned back around. I understand me focusing on the barking issue and not doing any handling practice at all looks boring, but he's seen Penny at her worst barking-wise so it's weird that he wouldn't be more excited about our progress. I hope he's less enthusiastic because my runs look boring right now, not because of how I'm training her. I thought clickers were useless/stupid the way I heard them described to me at first, but when it was put within the context of behavior modification I understood it better. Someone else in the next class also has a reactive dog and they were impressed with Penny's behavior.

Sorry for the lengthy post, I didn't mean to write a story D:
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I'm going to devise some teeter games and prop the teeter on a table so that the swing movement is less, but all other suggestions will be gratefully received.
I don't know if propping both sides of the teeter up so it's completely stationary would help? Or making a practice board that has a tiny wobble so he's more confident with it?
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Pretty good session last night with Hombre who did all exercises in open and utility. Fronts are improving although not all of them were the picture of perfection . Go outs when baited (2) perfect but when they weren't he got sloppy and slower with a arc in it . The DR went well and he gave up the glove on order from me. Turns in place mostly what I'm looking for being straight and in heel position. Nugget had the evening off because Hombre needs the practice more. Steady improvement slow but he is getting better.
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The parking area of the driveway is clear (ish), so although cold & windy we worked outside

Heeling, signals (not Aedan), recalls and drops.

Aedan was distracted by a few ice spots that are nice and white (probably also wanting to eat the ice???) but after a few resets, worked through it

Brady did not want elbows down on the cold blacktop -- so we worked some on that.

Faelan & Towhee did well


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Weather is wonderful sunny and in the 60s ground is dry so I set my ring up facing south and north instead of east and west . This was a new look for the boys . Worked both boys doing everything except articles in both open and utility. Nugget did a decent job but his fronts were only about 50% picture perfect but he hasn't worked since Tues. heeling wasn't bad considering I have two left feet walking in grass . After Nugget I did open with Hombre whose fronts AND finishs were far less than perfect. He lagged on fig8 unless I gave extra command to " heel " . In utility he layed down after doing the go out twice instead of sitting like he is supposed to do here also extra commands were needed. It took my getting his e-collar to get him to get out of his " I don't feel like it " mode .Then after 1 nick on the #2 setting of 18 settings (very low ) he decided a little work with treats and praise was a better way to go. He can be hard headed but he isn't stupid.
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Brady had rally class today and really did well -- even with an uncontrolled dog jumping on him several times!!! Owner appeared to blame everyone but herself and was insulted when I started stepping between her dog & Brady -- good thing for that dog it was not Towhee or she would have given that dog a lesson in manners!

Faelan had obedience class and was soooo excited He loved it and while not as precise as usual and making a few different mistakes (for instance he was focused on his leash on the floor and went for it rather than glove #3), he too did a really nice job Happy happy joy joy!! His precision will return as the snow pack melts and we can start getting to places


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

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