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Jun 2019 Training logs

June 2019 Training logs, brags, challenges and questions


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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Brady is off restriction and Paul took both him and Towhee on an extended hike since it is relatively dry (YAY!!) -- problem being they came back horribly filthy and our outside hose broke ... so they are crated until the gook & dirt dry off and can be brushed out.


But Finch discovered the wonders of Whipped Cream in a can on the very low teeter Aedan refreshed his memory on the big teeter and was working quite nicely at banging that teeter on demand -- at that point I had Faelan, Finch & him all out hoping to decrease that pivot point crouch to drive him down the plank; it helped a bit so we'll keep trying -- I simply really really hate seeing that crouch


Faelan had a good time with the teeter and at one point the whipped cream went flying from the board getting all 3 dogs' ears & heads covered LOL


My agility instructor of old is restarting an 8pm class for beginners in the near future if she gets enough interest -- the only classes I can make with work & commuting tend to be either weekends or 8pm.


Yesterday Towhee & Finch went up to a clinic to get their TBD/HW tests -- my charge card needs a serious vacation from dog expenses (this past year has seen Faelan, Towhee and Brady all having 8-10 thousand $ bills) so a clinic it was to save several hundred dollars It took long enough that I was unable to make classes, or a puppy party but so life goes, right?


I am listening to 'Do It Scared' while driving and it re-iterates the importance of picking a goal and focusing on it. Well I am honestly not good at only 1 goal, but I thought HEY, I can aim for perfect fronts!! for obedience So that will be a focus or stretch goal; my dogs often do have perfect fronts or at least do not lose points for them, but that is not truly a consistent thing so ... fronts in a structured plan with games and plenty of fun sounds doable, along with fitness and some teeter work seems like good focus points since the yard is usable again.


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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Jun 3

This morning was some obedience work inside with a twist. I had Aedan in the hallway crate while working heeling and then signals with the older dogs -- me in the LR behind the crate and the working dog in the DR about 40 feet in front of the crate -- except Brady's signal recall because of Aedan & Brady's occasional spats.



All dogs had multiple 360s during heeling, long slows, long fasts, fast from halts, slows from halts etc. Aedan had the same setup for signals as th eolder dogs but without a dog in the crate.



Finch had trouble with the 360, 360, 360 repeats as I kind of expected. She also had recalls, stands and downs.


Tonight I set up 2 agility jumps about 20 feet apart and worked on bod language wraps --- from the right, left, using front and rear crosses without my usual 'wrap it' cue -- it worked even for Finch who has very limited 2 jumps LOL -- she had some confusion when she was on my right so she definitely needs more right sided work. It was fun.


A pic of this morning's setup- not sure if the whole setup shows clearly but ....
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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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June 5

In our backyard these adorable wild flowers grow in the spring to early summer. The are like little daisies anyway these areas are not mowed until the flowers die back.

So, this morning the older dogs had signals, Aedan had signals & command discrimination & Finch had heeling, stands and downs in these areas.

Faelan rocked it! The others did not..either trying to ignore the scents and waving grass or enjoying the scents these things was challenging for them


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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YAY


Received Hips & Elbows for Aedan


Hips EXCELLENT
Elbows NORMAL


Woot Woot!


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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Grins, now to teach the dogs what these agility hoops are


I received these yesterday and assembled them today. The thought being I can train the handling moves separate from being concerned about the bars or slowing down the dogs ....


Of course, knowing how my dogs are when moving out, I may well need to stake these down when actually training with them
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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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I have been back to doing Ob-ility type games with the dogs



Of course Finch does not yet know a lot of the completed things (poles, dog walk, fly, boop etc) but as time allows she is being introduced to some aspects.


I am hopeful that there will be some time this weekend to sit down and plan for my goal of perfect fronts -- the precursor games etc Some are in place, some need to be introduced yet. Finch is the girl not introduced to most props & games, but she has nice fronts for the most part and her finishes are coming along.


Aedan needs more rear end awareness work since he can flair on about turns and is frequently out for sits.


Brady is recovering well and has started lower jumping.


Towhee is going deaf I think -- so I need to consider if she is retired since she is ,umm, excitable and the pressure of focusing on me while she needs to see what's going on around her may be too much for her --


Faelan is just wonderful!


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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Been absent for awhile, but baby puppy Eevee passed STAR Puppy class a few weeks ago and just started CGC class this week at 16 weeks old. I think she is going to be a ton of fun to train. She OFFERS eye contact without prompting, which I absolutely love and has an incredible attention span for such a young puppy. And she's smart as a whip.

My Rocket dog has been on break for awhile with occasional one on one sessions to just brush up and make things fun for him again. I'd like to go to Rally Bootcamp at Sunnyside with him, but I don't know if that is going to work out or not.
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This morning I took Faelan & Brady for a hike and then


Towhee had Utility
Aedan had Open
Finch had Rally (Advanced)


They all did well, Towhee nailed almost everything, she missed her final jump.


Aedan did well altho the DB pickup oopsie reared its head on the ROHJ so we played some. I am introducing the TNT new training video games to him and he did well with those incorporated while moving between exercises and setups (and a few boops while heeling)



Finch did pretty well -- since she doesn't know a lot of the signs she was ultra serious; a girlie next to her started spattering blood all over (seriously -- the owner said she was coming out of season -- don't think so, it was bright red and if she should be coming out she should probably be heading to the vet to make sure everything is all right!) so the class was on hold several times while clean up was done -- apparently owner had no panties either! same owner 'spoke' to me about the games I was playing with Finch -- hello keep your dog focused on you and not what I am doing! No wonder her dogs always zoom out of control if owner feels everyone should be stiff as a board -- sorry (not sorry) but I feel the owner should have taken the opportunity to engage with with her dog rather than just sitting there telling me not to play with my Finchie LOL She certainly has no qualms about yelling, rushing in and harshly correcting her dogs when other dogs might get upset!


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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Second CGC class for Eevee last night went really well! The instructor caught me accidentally rewarding crooked sits. Oops!! But that's one thing I love about group classes, I can't always tell when my puppy is sitting crooked because I'm trying not to spend the whole night with my neck craned to the side.

We start every class with attention games, and I get such amazing attention from her - even when she's been distracted by another dog, her attention snaps right back when I say her name. This is probably a "DUH!" moment, but I think I'm going to start doing that with Rocket too. He seems to think he's above the rules sometimes.

Anyway, Eevee is making really great progress on all of her drills: sit-stand-down, stay (any position), heeling with automatic sits, fronts, spins, backing up, etc. We are going to be hitting the stand-stay really hard since she will doing conformation. She's so quick to pick up on everything that I'm struggling with not moving too fast and messing things up.
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