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My plans for Aug so far

Prepare Towhee & Brady to resume Utility showing

Take courses and webinars

Match with some Utility judging on Aug 4 (Towhee/Aedan will be showing)

Core class with Aedan on the 11th

Aedan has a professional grooming on the 28th
Aedan has a CCA event on the 31st

I need to verify but I believe drop in classes are available each weekend on Saturdays (Aug is partially posted).

Continuing to up my focus & proofing criteria for Towhee & Brady. I also need to enter them in a few more trials. Towhee will hopefully hold off until late Oct to go into season.

I need to decide if I will be heading to an FDSA northeast get together ...

I was thrown for a bit of a loop and scrambling some to decide how to handle vet emergencies as my 24/7 vet has to at least temporarily halt their overnight availability. I have spoken with them, a very local vet (like a 5 minute walk from my home) and a few others as to my options. My current vet will actually transport my dogs as needed back & forth to a 24/7/365 facility with a vet tech as needed for critical care overnights .... so I am currently learning towards staying with them. They plan to have techs 24/7 for non critical overnights who will have phone access to a covering vet. But remembering King, Rowdy and Towhee needing critical care and the constant updates and treatment plan authorizations does have me concerned... a client service person and the head vet have both reached out to me with reassurances.
 

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This morning Towhee & Brady went to Utility Run Thrus/class.


The both had minor mistakes but would have qualified had it been a trial so I would consider it a win :)


Brady had a wonky about turn (we reset and I did a fast coming out of the turn -- he tightened right up) and was slow going out & back for his first article as well as an angled front on that same article (probably a full point in total maybe 1.5 points if the judge were to hit twice for the lack of briskness going & returning). Towhee pointed out something I goofed up on and have not trained!! Bad handler.


She did a turn & stand on her first go out. Now usually I reset and/or simply don't reward her by allowing her to take the jump. BUT! it is a points off error, simply points off so we started the process (not long) of okay, baby girl, you can still jump from a stand! Not how I want it to happen obviously but she is most likely nearing the end of her obedience career after all. And yes she is very capable of beautiful work but now is not the time to fuss LOL


Anyway she did well -- I also made a handler error with her --my stride shortened up during the slow pace and since it was a long slow pace, she did start moving forward of her normal heel position -- not fully forged but ahead of her usual position.


Now off to load the Xterra for tomorrow, train the other dogs and finish up chores and such :)
 

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Long day LOL


Towhee had her 2 Utility runs and she is practically there :) A few technical things that may cause her points and I do need to train her to jump after a stand.


Aedan knows his exercises but needs confidence -- his heeling was really nice though! Really nice, broad jumps & awesome DOR but Command Discrimination and fronting with the dumbbell need some practice.


Overall a pleasant day with good people and friends!


As a funny note, at the lunch break there was a fetch it up game after the raffle. The point was to toss objects for fetching between start & finish lines as many times as you could for 30 seconds -- tosses had to go beyond the 50 foot line and the dogs had to return the items. Now this was a golden club so you might expect goldens to rule? Not quite.A golden tied a sheltie for most retrieves!! Since there were medals for High Golden and High all breed, the winners were declared. It was.... well kind of hilarious, bad throws, dogs trying to grab 2 toys, toys bouncing off the rafters and at one point interference with by a wandering dog ...
 

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Last weekend was Eevee's first conformation show (Beginner Puppy) and she took BOB and Sporting Group 1! Super proud of this puppy! It was my first time in the conformation ring too, so not bad for my firs time handling!

Yesterday, we went back to conformation class - our teacher just happened to be stewarding last weekend - and we had a great time. Eevee is getting better and better about standing still for the judge's examination and I learned a better way to show her bite, which has been a struggle so far. Her free stack is improving, but she still wants to stand with one foot in front of the other sometimes, so we need to work on that. I've entered her in her first real shows next month in the 6-9 class, so hopefully we're ready by then!
 

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Spent my lunch hour making a detailed plan on how to address the issue I am seeing with Aedan's front on retrieves :)

Probably should have headed to the gym but feel my planning may be a better use of my time today LOL and yeah, the problem will prevent us from showing so needs to be addressed ..
 

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Last night Towhee, Brady & I headed to a local park. I confess to being a bit nervous when I saw 2 patrol cars with chatting officers in the lot since I did intend to do some off leash work LOL; I did do my planned training after letting the officers know I was training some distance work but my dogs were advanced in their training.


Next to the busy basketball courts we did heeling with long slows, double abouts followed by signals. The did well. I think I will change up that particular location since they are becoming very adept about ignoring the distractions. Then we moved to the tennis courts for Go Outs with tennis balls, rackets etc


Then home where Faelan, Aedan & Finch started learning the slant board and doing some working with the pivot plank. They had fun :)
 

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After way too long off... I finally did some just me and Rocket work last night. We worked on Novice exercises: heeling on and off-leash, recalls, long stays, etc. He was happy to be working, but was a bit rusty at first. It was hot in the backyard and the flies were AWFUL! I'm actually really proud of him for sitting still for the full minute with the bugs buzzing around his face. We also tried some position change work for Open, and he will not do a kickback stand for some reason unless I am right in front of him. I think I need to work him on the grooming table or something so he understands not to move his front feet.

I also brought Eevee out for some Obedience training too. She is still wanting to gait instead of heel, so I'm thinking I may need to make a big show of switching collars and using different commands for gaiting versus heeling. At least she likes to gait though. :)
 

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Grins. Your post reminded me of something Ms Finch did last night.

I used the training/dog room last night for the board & plank work. This room has their grooming table with stairs in it and I generally don't worry about leaving treats on the table. The older dogs have the whole zen thing down and Finch doesn't generally volunteer to go on the table (she still needs to be cued). So where were the treats? On the table! Where did her shaping session have her going? On the table :) LOL I did end up moving the treat bowl since zen was not in her game plan
 

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Wicked storms again last night so I did not train the dogs.

This morning was scent articles at various levels :)
Finch was delighted that she was actually being sent to retrieve something 'dead' -- just a single metal followed by a single leather with fronts & holds
 

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This morning Towhee, Brady & I headed to Utility drop in class & Run thrus. Shall we leave it at I am happy these were not a trial?


I have just run Faelan, Aedan & Finch through ladder drills which they know and crawling under 2 cavaletti which they were just introduced to -- Faelan, being the largest & oldest dog had the toughest time crawling without hitting the bars, Aedan did fairly well and Finch did not have to be on her belly so I will need to figure out a stable way to lower the bars :) Finch & Aedan also did a few weave pole dances
 

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Last night I watched (and took notes) on a Dog Body language webinar -- it was an advanced session and I made it through about 45 minutes before I simply had to hit the pillows.



I do plan on picking up the rest of it ; possibly this weekend :) Probably not tonight though, since I am again not really in a frame to learn -- just had an awesome massage and facial to relieve some of the pain I have been having -- thought I went light enough in this morning's workout (back, chest, shoulders) but apparently not since she found a lot of tightness in exactly the areas worked LOL



I take fitness challenges where the creator plans out your workouts (and for those that can follow them, she make detailed meal plans) ; she is highly qualified (an IFBB Figure Professional and four-time Figure Olympia champion. she has a BA in Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention with a focus in Exercise Science from Oakland University and am an IFPA Certified Personal Trainer who was named the Personal Trainer of the Year in 2012.); tomorrow's is a general session and those are usually really interesting and I learn a lot, so right now I am planning on participating in that and might go directly into the advanced body language webinar -- depends on the weather and how much I get done with the rest of my To Do List. Aedan has his class on Core work tomorrow after dog food pickup, then I have a bunch of other things to do.
 

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Wowsers !! Aedan is exhausted after his core conditioning class - there were so many stations he had no clue how to do so it was tough both mentally & physically ... he definitely does not know how to climb up on things and has (as I suspected) limited rear end awareness -- yes, he can backup, and climb stairs and such but reaching a back foot to rest on a foot pod while keeping his front end stationary -- not so much. But he rocked many of the stations he has seen before like crawling and ladders and pivot pots and things like that but as an example walking backwards through a fairly high ladder was not happening -- in retrospect I should have flipped the ladder over for him so the rungs were within an inch or two of the floor which is exactly how I will work it at my house :) Air filled unstable rocking surfaces were also not easy for him -- he'll get there since he is cleaver but I felt kind of like a rank beginner LOL Why I went, right?


Aedan also went for food pickup with me and did some heeling, command discrimination, drops etc while we waited. The delivery was running 15 minutes behind schedule so I kind of wished I had brought another dog or 2 LOL But he made his class after that so all is good.


Towhee & Brady went for extended hikes so I may not be working them today ..
 

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The instructor emailed me this pic from the Core class with the following commentary:


I saw lots of smiles, and I just loved the way you connect to him - AND - support him.
Nice work!


Aedan on a new pivot pot (I even remembered I have an old style treat apron which I wore :) )
 

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I maybe should have mentioned :)

The core class with Aedan is not only for his general fitness but also as a step in my 'perfect fronts' training plan for him. He seems to need more than platform work etc... he tries so hard to be totally right and I suspect that once he has all 4 legs (and spine) working freely seperate from the others, he will nail those fronts & finishes.

It is actually a new learning experience for me too since hiking, swimming, platform work-not to mention the sheer number of stairs my dogs have to navigate-have always seemed to teach my dogs that their hind legs have a driving power that can be seperate from their front ends...but until he learns to do things like sit at an angle on unstable surfaces I cannot really expect him to safely navigate an agility course at maximum speed.
 

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Thus morning I beat the storms :)

Faelan, Towhee, Brady & Aedan had heeling, signals, ladder work, dog walk, go outs & directed jumping

Finch had heeling, stands (in some tall crab grass and yeppers she started to graze), waits and recalls.
 

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Attempted to have a couple of dedicated training sessions with each dog by themselves the other day, and only with toys... Either they were both really rusty or not quite toy driven enough to want to focus. I got all of two minutes of focus out of Rocket and since he didn't want to engage with me, he got put back in the house - I think it may have really worked too. Eevee, I think, is just a bit too young to start asking for too many things with a toy as a reward. I could see the confusion in her eyes a couple of times, even though she LOVES to retrieve, so we just called it quits for the day. BUT, at least I learned something new about my dogs.

I've admittedly been slipping on 2-minute drills, lately, so trying to get back into that at least a couple of times a day. Especially with Eevee, since she only has a few months of doing commands and tricks, versus Rocket's 4 years. Still haven't tried the grooming table thing with him, but I will this weekend once I get it out of the trunk of my car...................... where it's been since Eevee's show a few weeks ago.
 

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Today's drop-in run thrus went much better than last weeks :)

Brady was laggy due to concern with a barky GSD (dog annoys the heck out of me since he handler won't do anything to shut the dog up so Brady may also pick up on that) but overall did well especiallt considering the commotion


Towhee was up & at 'em today :) She only had issues with the MSFE -- the instructor was mildly proofing her and well, Towhee fell for the proofs LOL

Now I will be heading to a park followed by a grocery store drop-off/meet up to donate some Yoga videos -- probably just Aedan will go since it is warm & kind of humid so best not to have dogs hanging in the car due to people not able to mind their own business and not having a clue as to what the signs of a distressed dog are. But then again there is a Pails for Tails right there today so perhaps the ACO & crew would be able to educate them? Nah , probably not LOL
 

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Yesterday's rental was a mixed bag for sure :)

First I was almost 10 minutes late arriving due to traffic, but the rental before me was just packing up when I arrived. She is a member of my e tended dog family but I have not seen her in awhile so we chatted and chatted and chatted LOL

She has 1 dog prepping for Utility, I have 2 so wwe made loose plans to combine or rentals and provide distractions & run through food each other.

Meanwhile it was a very muggy & hot night so I let Faelan, Towhee, Aedan & Finch loose in the building and they had a grand time. Brady was in the crate in the Xterra with the gate open.

So, my rental ended up being about 45 minutes but we got a lot done! Finch was totally game on for retrieving gloves!

All the dogs did well (Heeling, signals, go outs, directed jumping, gloves for the older dogs. Heeling, recalls, gloves and dendaways for Finch)

Then back home for supper :)
 

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Had individual training sessions with both dogs last night and they both did great! I think Rocket's problem with heeling has been that I haven't been walking fast enough. So, I tried basically power-walking and wouldn't you know it, he kept up and paid attention with head mostly up and looking at me. Most importantly, we both had fun. He did really well on about turns and left turns, but lagged a bit on the outside turn of the figure eight so we will work on that some more next time. We also worked on stays and recalls for Novice. His sit-stay could use a bit more drilling, but overall he did well.

Eevee is now 6 months old and I am still luring her a bit, but I worked on fading the lure for heeling last night. She also likes to go fast, but then again, she likes to do everything fast. LOL Her recall is really good, just need to work on sitting straight and I'm still trying to teach finishes both directions, but she learns fast. I just need to work with her more. I don't plan on even attempting any Rally or Obedience with her until sometime next year anyway. We took a couple of weeks off from conformation class, but will hopefully get back there this weekend.
 
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