Yesterday, before heading out to Aedan's CCA event, I set up a new set of weaves -- portable and easily customizable. I set them up on the driveway with a remote treat n train -- the dogs all had fun
Aedan easily earned his CCA -- I would post a pic but am honestly concerned about the ads or whatever that have started popping up around posted pictures LOL So if you are a friend on FB or a member of my doggie family group, you can view the pics there
I always find CCA evaluations interesting when a judge is thoughtful in discussing what he/she is seeing. You learn so much about not only the breed but perhaps as importantly, how different judges can look at the same dog and have differing opinions. The judge I stewarded for was very forthcoming and kind in discussing both the strong points and the weak points she found with each dog and was unhesitating when asked whether a team should consider the breed ring.
She, btw, was the same judge who called a heeling pattern for the gaiting -- much easier for us obedience people to understand ; normal for a few steps, fast, normal, about turn, fast, normal halt --- loved it!
The other 2 judges kept their comments -- well absent. I found that disconcerting.
Today I have a rental and am also planning on working some with agility -- today's plan is to take my pause table out of storage and work some with that as well as some other element of weaves; I have not decided on that yet but I have recently started working with Weaves that WOW so while yesterday's session was an introduction to the new poles and the start of round the clock entries, today's may be entries at speed? we'll see.
Yesterday we did more weave work -- I am fully confident that once Finch 'gets it' she will be a strong weaver. Aedan is taking the same learning path his father did I think he will have a moderate speed through the poles once he fully understands all his upcoming lessons -- Finch is tiny enough that she might well have blazing speed in the poles.
We had a rental where I only brought the 3 older dogs -- Faelan because he needs both the physical & mental work (plus I just love him) and Towhee & Brady so the emphasis would be on Utility. A friend had the rental before me so we overlapped some to provide distractions for each other. All Utility work done and again all 3 gloves (#2, #1, #3). All the gloves were washed with bleach yesterday so I also wanted to make sure I would not need to wash again due to scent
So far today I set up a few hoops and the agility table; for Aedan & Finch it was just slow increases in sending distances, for Faelan, Towhee & Brady there were patterns with the hoops and sending to the table. My agility instructor mentioned she wants a down on the table so I worked that with the older dogs (actually puppy sit ups) but the younger dogs was mostly just getting on the table -- treats were hot dogs. Aedan had a few downs but Finch will be sits for now since her downs are not bullet proof and I need/want to keep the 2 behaviors completely separate.
T storms are moving in so that may be it for training for the dogs for the day, but I have a few webinars I should 'attend' today while I have time so all is good.
My town has a Buy Nothing page where you can give & receive items for free. You post what you would like to give (some post what they need) and people respond if they are interested. Meetups are generally in public places for safety reasons.
Anyway, today I had a few meetups to give things away and they were all in a straight line on 1 road.
So Brady was loaded up and got to practice some at my gun club, and at a few schools -- both schools had wide covered entryways. So Brady got some additional exposure and practice in different places in the rain
Last night, between all kinds of tornado warning alerts going off and pretty bad driving conditions, Aedan & I made it to agility class.
The courses included teeter work, tire, table, rear cross, post-turn, peddle to the metal to beat out dogs out of a long tunnel to a 180 degree turn that needed to be handled etc.
I do need to work more on Aedan's ability to tuck his hind feet/legs/hips into a tight sit since that will be his teeter end behavior and right now he finds it difficult to tuck into a tight sit on a decline ... progress not perfection though!
On Sunday, I took Rocket to a park and worked on Novice exercises. There were people running/walking on the trail, kids playing and screaming, other dogs, etc. and he really did great. We haven't trained somewhere like that in quite awhile, so I was very pleased with the amount of focus that I got. I worked on my own footwork quite a bit while heeling, and saw improvement. Still seeing a bit of lagging on outside turns, so maybe going to try Catherine Zinsky's paisleys for the F8.
We've been doing lots of little drills with Eevee (should have been better about this when she was really young, but.......) - spins both directions, sit-stand-down in random order, shake, etc. She is hilarious and so enthusiastic. Precision isn't really her game right now, but that's fine. She's not even 7 months old yet, so we've got time to get there. Her first real conformation show is next weekend, so we've got about a week and a half to get ready for it. She's already hit 22" and I have a feeling she'll be bigger than other bitches that are older than her, but she's well within standard right now, so shouldn't be an issue. I'm going to ask to have her wicketed at class on Sunday to see how tall she really is.
Brady earned his 1st Utility Q today and this was after the guy in the next ring was so deafening loud & harsh that the judge rejudged the 1st article -- Brady recovered and well Almost everyone (except the loud man) apologized and mentioned he had been talked to about not bellowing like that -- and with the german Open commands yet! It really was a flinchable performance but Brady pulled through Good boy!
Towhee can so very close!! She stood rather than sat for the sit signal, and the judge mentioned she pivoted on the MSFE -- she did kind of - her front feet went left, left and her rear feet remained stationary when the judge came up behind her and on her left. I'll need to work on that.
I took a pic of the glove setup to work with the pressure I sensed; glove #3. both dogs did great but that setup will be a good proofing exercise.
Finchie (finally) came into heat yesterday! Over 2 months late but I got her safely up to Mike & Barb's for safekeeping. She should now be able to attend the fairly local trials in early November -- I need to talk with Barb on whether she should just stay with them until then so Barb can train her since I still don't 'do' Novice since the rule changes ...
Raw food pickup yesterday so Aedan went with me and had his training amid the cars coming in & out, the highway etc. I took advantage of a few things like chain link fencing and curbs Heeling, Get- it get-it get-it come games and other things
Faelan & Aedan had a few core conditioning style exercise like backing up through a low ladder, spins, circles, etc
Then Faelan, Towhee & Brady went to a rental where we worked on some fun & fast Utility exercises to help Towhee & Brady kind of destress; stereo on loudly dancing and playing games etc
Towhee & Aedan went for hikes with Paul while Faelan & Brady missed their hike with me heading over to Sunfire Mountain with Ms Finchie but as mentioned they did have some physical conditioning
I've been having fun in our early morning training sessions my AFrame has been repaired and my dog walk has been painted so I have generally been doing 1 or 2 obedience exercises intermixed with some agility
Example: heeling w/send to the Aframe followed by short heeling & signals with an about turn & send to the poles and ladder, fronts followed by a finish where I might release with a send to a teeter or dog walk and finishing up with some heeling once the dogs are all excited LOL
last night Aedan & I headed to agility class. A short fast & fun sequence followed by rear cross 101 and Weaves 101...my instructor has enough years under her belt that many creative ideas to avoid certain issues are 2nd nature to her...for instance Aedan generally likes direction, not much but he doesn't like being wrong so will often 'check in'. So last night even while he was driving to 1 set of 2x2 weaves he was checking in with me rather than focusing forward... (I was probably 15 feet to his right since we are also building independence). So she addressed that immediately with the focal object placement. She also has what i consider a brilliant work around for building distance/understanding/independence for around-the-clock entries. Now I usually haul out those soccer markers and measure out the distance--she uses a pre-measured string with washers marking the distances! Much much faster
It was in a fair barn with thin matting over cement -- something I usually do not enter if the dogs need to jump. Anyway not only was the floor cement but it was also uneven and had kind of like potholes. Towhee seemed to be having some issues walking well on the floor so I scratched her. She's 11 and so I asked a few friends to double check what I thought I was seeing (including a couple of very respected folks) and they mostly agreed and concurred -- scratch her.
Brady was fine but again (!!!!) a very loud noise occurred -- this time while we were heeling and honestly we both jumped with Brady landing in front position. He seemed to recover and finished his signals. Next up scent articles (remember last trial had an 'event' with scent articles) ... anyway the pile was in about the same location as the loud noise occurred (metallic booming sounds) and he went out very slowly, seemed to work the pile but his tail was down and his whole demeanor was cautious -- he came back with no article, I thanked the judge and we exited ... he gathered his confidence back up as we hung around some while I chatted and cheered on a few friends but I packed my stuff and will continue working on his confidence during article work until next week's trials (I do not plan on going to the trial tomorrow).
Talked to Barb and Finch may be joining us at the Big E (Meet the Breeds) event on Tuesday since Ben is no longer much interested. She might be able to come home then -- we shall see She will be entered in the Nov trials since she will have been out of season for a month or so.