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Mar 2019 Training Logs

Plans, goals, achievements, brags, challenges during Mar 2019.


Thread is open to all dog training ...


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

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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I have to check my calendar, but I don't think I have any trials in March.


Visiting Finch & puppies, a health clinic on the 3rd, a puppy party on the 9th, training classes and a few rentals will no doubt keep March busy for me. I may go t a few run thrus but then again perhaps not -- still finding it difficult to find my motivation for dog training LOL



I hope to also get the dogs all groomed up -- it has been so cold I just let them be rather than risking cold tail.


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

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,
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No training today (or yesterday) but 4 of the 5 dogs eyes -- Brady probably would have but he will go to another eye clinic


Faelan: Age related small cataract, still outside his range of vision


Towhee: This girl has been BUSTED!! Nothing wrong with her eyes (well distichia but that's not a real issue) and DR mentioned remarkably clear eyes -- so when she 'doesn t see her signals', well then!! SHe is either stressed of blowing me off!


Aedan: Clear although he may at some point develop cataracts


Finch: Pass -- not sure since Barb took her in but I believe just clear, no breeders' options


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

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,
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Classes resumed this week at the new building. We worked a lot on people pressure in the weaves, since that is one of her weak points.

The first "home base" trial at the new building is underway, too. Penny had really lovely focus, and she is starting to show a nice amount of obstacle focus - not as much as I see the faster dogs do, but she no longer spins back to me as soon as she gets a stride ahead like she did in Novice. She dropped a bar in Jumpers, then we picked up a 7pt T2B Q and a 12pt Standard Q. She broke her start line in Standard, which is very rare for her. She dislikes it when we have to do a lead out parallel to the ring gating and it caused some stress/disconnect at the start line. I would have opted for a running start, except you needed to be in front of the dog for the weave entry.

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Headed up to Agawam for a puppy party with Faelan & Aedan


Kids party (ies?), barking dogs and some growlers as well so great exposure for Aedan -- Faelan of course was awesome.


Mostly heeling, signals & recall type things since most of the dogs there were not advanced so I did not set up jumps or anything.


Aedan was acting 'fun police' or perhaps 'manners minder' while crated to reprimand a few whiners/crate movers who apparently needed an elder to let them know that was unacceptable -- it worked but baby boy, you giving life lessons to other dogs is not acceptable to me (just growling and issuing the evil eye when they were bumping his crate) so off he went to the Xterra -- Faelan keeping him company. But Aedan was able to work with screaming kids, tasty food scents, other dogs on the floor, barking/howling/whining/crying dogs in crates etc so excellent, excellent exposure for him.


Methinks some of those youngsters could use 'Crate Games' LOL


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,
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Saturday Penny earned her first Masters FAST leg, her first triple Q towards the TQX title and QQ # 8. We haven't gotten a double since November, when we entered two days and QQed two days in a row. She went 6 for 8 this weekend, only NQing in Jumpers Friday and today (a dropped bar both times).

I got her adjusted by the chiropractor afterwards, since she only ever drops a bar if I get in her way, or she is feeling sore. Her neck and lower back ended up being off. She's going to have a couple follow up appointments to be safe since her course times were 3-4 seconds slower than normal. I was babysitting everything more than usual, which is probably where most of our lost time came from and she was definitely asking me to go faster in Standard.

The photographer got some really nice pictures of her. The ones with her barking make me laugh.


https://imgur.com/a/cB6hYhq
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Congrats on the Qs!!


Chiro adjustments do amazing things!!



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Saturday Penny earned her first Masters FAST leg, her first triple Q towards the TQX title and QQ # 8. We haven't gotten a double since November, when we entered two days and QQed two days in a row. She went 6 for 8 this weekend, only NQing in Jumpers Friday and today (a dropped bar both times).

I got her adjusted by the chiropractor afterwards, since she only ever drops a bar if I get in her way, or she is feeling sore. Her neck and lower back ended up being off. She's going to have a couple follow up appointments to be safe since her course times were 3-4 seconds slower than normal. I was babysitting everything more than usual, which is probably where most of our lost time came from and she was definitely asking me to go faster in Standard.

The photographer got some really nice pictures of her. The ones with her barking make me laugh.


https://imgur.com/a/cB6hYhq


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

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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This morning was high energy heeling with signals, following by down -> stands.


Since we had more snow, it was indoors so I used repeatedly turning into a room followed by going straight at that spot(s) They did well. Each session ended with a finish where I took off at a run when they were half way around and they got a treat when they caught up to me


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

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

You add obedience to the game,
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We finally had some decent weather in Columbus this weekend, so Friday afternoon we worked on heeling and go outs in the yard again. I put the cone in 4 different places and sent him to it from 5 different places. He went straight to it and sat promptly nearly every time. I was very proud. We are making progress on heeling, but he still wants to forge quite a bit, so I'm considering switching to martingale collar and a shorter leash.

When I first starting working on a true competition heel, Rocket was about 2.5 years old. I felt like I needed to play catch-up and so took him off leash way too soon and he never truly learned the proper position without using my hand as a guide. Hoping to undo some damage and thankful that heel position in Rally is defined as "body" not "head to shoulder" next handler's left hip. We're not planning on doing anymore Obedience until his RACH is finished, so we've got plenty of time before needing the position to perfected (if that's even possible).

I ordered him some dumbbells - one plastic and one wood - so we can slowly start working on a competition retrieve over the next couple of years. He does seem to think that they are for him to chew on (I have not allowed this), not for him to pick up and bring back, so we will have to work on that, but overall he picks them up well and is excited to get them from a few feet away.
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This morning was scent articles

Faelan, Towhee & Brady had standard articles (no turns), while Aedan had a full set of metal followed by a full set of leather (no turns).

I think it is almost time to start mixing metal & leather for Aedan ... a few more distraction sessions to build his confidence then I will reduce the pile size and mix metal & leather


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

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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