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Monday night was almost all heeling and a little dumbbell. I am really starting to see progress with head-up attention during heeling. Definitely glad we are taking it slow and going back to basics.

Last night we did jumping - Rocket's favorite. We did recalls, send overs, run-bys, and I turned the jump on its side to kinda sorta be like a broad jump. I set the jump to obedience height (~22-in.) instead of Rally height (16-in.) and used his ball-tug as a reward instead of food. He gets really amped up to fetch sometimes, so why bring out the food when fetching/tugging will work? We also did a few position changes, working on sphinx downs and kick-back stands.

I watched a couple of Janice Gunn's videos on teaching a proper dumbbell hold without mouthing and I think that will help. Just have to remind myself to take it slow - we probably have at least a year and a half before competing in obedience again and that will be Novice anyway. Haven't decided if I want to do Grad Novice before Open or not, but I probably will. He hates the plastic one and loves the wooden one too much. Probably should have ordered a maple one instead of poplar. It's just a bit soft.

Anyway, we are having fun being able to train outside again. Today will be a day off from formal training sessions as it's supposed to be nearly 60 degrees this afternoon, which means it's bath and blow-dry day.

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I practiced distance with sending Penny to the outer jump on the pinwheel in class tonight. She did really good with it, and since both our courses had the same pinwheel, we got plenty of practice on it. We also worked on lap turns for the first time in awhile.


I don't feel like I need to make extra trips to run-through locations anymore to work on proofing or distractions. Most of our trials will be at our training place now and I won't need to be concerned about Penny focusing in an environment that not very familiar to her. Most of my focus outside of class will be on conditioning and core exercises.
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When training a dog to get ready for the ring, there are so many factors to consider. One of the biggest (after training the tricks involved with heeling, the exercises etc)is to train for situations that are more challenging than what they might typically encounter in the ring.


This morning presented me with such an opportunity -- the time change has cast us into darkness again and the back yard is literally half melted -- about and inch on snow in some areas and slightly muddy/slightly frozen areas -- so we did heeling with signals set up for the transitions Then my turning my back during recalls so they had to work front, and then taking off for finishes



Faelan & Towhee did great, Brady needed a few resets for the drop onto snow versus mud, Aedan needed a lot of work . The dogs went from most experience to least to take advantage of the lightening skies -- below is the setup
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Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady, Aedan
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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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Focus on the process -- Denise Fenzi
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Almost spring

Brady & Towhee went first, then Faelan & Aedan.

Signals next to the basketball courts, near the tennis courts, dog park, boom boxes and around other dogs & people enjoying the springlike day.

Good dogs! So proud of all of them but especially Brady -- he got to the park and put his Game On face on!!!


We worked on the narrow sidewalk directly attached to the left side of the courts by a few gates
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Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady, Aedan
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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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I had a rental planned yesterday.


On my way up, I had a tire blow out and safely navigated to the side of the highway but that tire was toast! I had turned around at the nearest exit but by then I was riding the rim and had to pull over and call AAA.



About 40 minutes for the flat bed to arrive and I may or may not have damage to my fuel tank and bike rack and/or my tire rim --- don't want to look LOL



Towed to a nearby town which had an open Tire\Auto Care place -- the dogs (Faelan, Towhee, Aedan & Brady (in his crate)) all got to experience the flat bedding life. They looked amazed that the Xterra could be moving without me as they were being winched up -- poor mechanic was like, They don't bite do they?He seemed quite fond of them as he was saying goodbye



Then several (about 5) hours at the tire place where they were leashed (except Brady who stayed in his crate nice & comfy although also outside ) and very very good dogs. At times like these I do miss smoking LOL It ended up the tire place only had 2 tires and found 2 more about 40 miles away, so they had to send a driver to get the additional tires. Plus they were busy. It's not good at all to have mismatched tires on a 4x4 and the other 3 tires were within 10,000 miles of end of their expected life so .....



The dogs had a lot of meet & greets, kept me warm and considered it all quite an adventure.


Oddly I saw someone pull over (I had turned around) about the same spot I initially pulled over on hearing what must have been the blow out so I hope that driver also made it safely home ......
I did not make my rental and actually stopped at BK when I was finally rolling again, so the dogs all enjoyed their french fries .. except Faelan who won;t touch the things ... smart dog! I am sure he would have enjoyed some of my bacon cheese burger though! Then we all enjoyed me hitting the bed under a lot of covers trying to get the chill out!!


Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady, Aedan
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not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

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So Wednesday was not bathe and blow-dry day, it was bike ride day for me and just brushing for Rocket. LOL I also got out the Zuke's and worked on building desire for the dumbbell. Just barely putting it in his mouth and letting go. Trying to slowly work up to holding without mouthing. Weather was weird here this weekend, so no training outside. Hoping to get back at it this afternoon. Loving this time change for outside training!
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Last night we worked on heeling, go outs, finishes, fronts, position changes, and dumbbell. Might sound like a lot, but other than heeling, it was just a few good reps of each before moving on to something else. Heeling was still all on leash, but we were able to successfully increase speed a little bit and really worked on turns and pivots. I am loving the effort I'm getting. I've been keeping cheese in my mouth for heeling (pro tip I got at our last trial) and spitting pieces to him randomly. I'm slowly starting to spread out the amount of time between cheese bits and he is responding well so far. I think it will still be awhile before we go off leash for proper heeling, but we are definitely making progress!

For go outs, he is very snappy and straight for the first 5 reps or so and then he starts drifting, not really sure why. We got out the board to do fronts and finishes and worked on proofing straight fronts a bit. I took a page out of your book Sharon @Sunrise and turned my back to him and called him to front. The first time he sat at a 90 degree angle more or less in heel position, basically halfway between heel and front. LOL the next time I helped him a bit and I could see the light bulb go on. We also did a few position changes on the board in random order. He really doesn't like to do a fold-back down from a stationary standing position (he does it just fine for a moving down, but not from a standstill), but I got one nice one out of him and threw a big party for it. The board was uncomfortable for his legs to rest on, which I think encouraged the fold-back. I think we will continue doing this until he does it consistently.

This morning before work, I did two recalls before releasing him to his breakfast. The first was just a normal one. The second I added a drop and boy was that drop quick and snazzy! Loved it.

For puppy update: The pups are 4.5 weeks old now and the breeder said she is starting to see their little personalities coming out more and that one in particular makes really good eye contact is pretty smart for such a young pup. Of course their temperaments/personalities are subject to change a little in the next few weeks, but I'm willing to bet that she's right and that little one will be ours. :-)
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LOL on the front all angles are fair game for finding fronts and it doesn't generally take long for the dogs to find it a challenging 'game on' fun training piece.

I also will take off at a run as the are coming towards me, crouch down and catch them up etc

Front ends up being a really great place to be, but i also try to balance the moving front games with heel and place (right side heel position) games.


Sharon with her golden crew Faelan, Towhee, Brady, Aedan
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not the game to obedience -- Shade Whitesel

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Penny had class tonight. We worked on rear crosses to the right and she read them beautifully. She had some minor weave entry issues that were easily fixed by me changing my location relative to the entry. She also had a couple weird moments on sequence #1 where she broke away from me for a couple strides and started sniffing the turf. She did it in two different spots. I don't know why she was showing stress behavior tonight; we weren't practicing any people pressure at all. There was a 15 lb bag of beef trachea on a table just outside the ring. It's possible she was picking up its scent, otherwise I don't know why she was stressing. She didn't do it at all for sequence #2, so who knows. I know I'll be upping her treat game for this weekend just in case.
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Went to Sunnyside on Saturday and did three runs on Advanced/Excellent courses plus some time in the obedience ring to work on recalls and the broad jump, plus have the space to be able to reward with fetching. First Rally run-through wasn't the greatest, but then again I didn't really warm him up ahead of time. Second one was better, third was best. I really need to make extra extra sure that we've gotten the extra energy out since he seems to do his best work after he's been working for awhile. The trouble with real trials is that they start early and the first run is always Master, so I feel like we are at a disadvantage there. We didn't do any Master courses because no one else was running Master and we ran out of time before their actual class started. Anyway, we are making good progress on accuracy and I am very excited for the trials in April.
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