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Old 03-28-2012, 11:12 PM
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FINALLY had a good night! Our instructors were really complimentary and said that we should be in the higher-level classes (which was cool to hear!), but that they need to move some people around first. This current session doesn't end for another few weeks, so we will be in this class for at least that much longer.

Weaves (a bit slower than I like):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nHcGhUVhFA

Teeter (she used to be terrified of it but she did it 3 times tonight with no issues!):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUIzKu5UUJs

Another case of fast dog, slow handler:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CRdRa1zDJ0

More fast dog:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PWDz6MdtgY

We're getting there, I think!!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:53 PM
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Nice! Good job getting her over her teeter fear.

I wouldn't be in a hurry to advance too quickly though, a lot of time spent on solid foundation building will definitely pay off in the end. I like how your current class is running short sequences, more chances to reward and keep it fun for the dog!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:45 AM
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Nice! Good job getting her over her teeter fear.

I wouldn't be in a hurry to advance too quickly though, a lot of time spent on solid foundation building will definitely pay off in the end. I like how your current class is running short sequences, more chances to reward and keep it fun for the dog!
Thanks!!! I think what did it honestly was messing with my friend's tippy plank last week LOL. It's the only thing I've done differently since we last did the teeter in class, and she was somehow OK with the teeter this time around! That means I need a tippy plank... Or for my husband to build me a teeter

Hahaha I'm not in a hurry (well, MUCH of a hurry ), but I am excited to get in to the higher classes and then trial. Some in my class are already trialing, but I think we have some more stuff to figure out before we take that leap. I'm going to wait until we are in the Monday night classes (the actual "competition" classes) to think about it seriously. Unless our trainers seriously suggest otherwise.

Yeah, I am in love with my trainers. The way they run things is just perfect and it really gets the dogs to love the game before putting too much stuff together. I have been to a couple of different clubs, and I must say that I'm most pleased with where we are right now. I even sit in on their foundations classes and am impressed!
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:16 PM
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It's officially spring! There are birds living in the barn that we train in and therefore there are also bird eggs! So it proved to be a distraction to most of the dogs, and especially to Kimma. But she still did some good stuff.

I put these together because I did different things wrong each time LOL.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSpC8mprBMM

She did both of these runs just fine, but you can see her head going towards the ground a bit the second time.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPJOIFo5pVU

Aaaand I was asked why we aren't competing yet LOL. I have been thinking about it for the past day or so, and I think that I will set a goal time frame and stick to it. If we waited for ME to be ready, we would never do it haha. I get SOOO nervous! Even at class I get nervous sometimes! But at least this way I can see where we stand and it would give us more to work on. And by summer we should be up a class or two (I'm going to aim for July, as there is a local AKC trial then, I think). Ugh. Time to get a bit serious, I suppose!!!
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Find a CPE trial to hit. They are much more laid back than AKC/USDAA. Tsuki is hitting her first ever trial this month, and I have here entered in Fullhouse and Colors. Fullhouse you just run around collecting points (no course) and Colors usually has about 8 obstacles in it lol. I know we're not/she's not as good as Kiba, but she still needs trial experience at some point!

You guys are looking good!
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:21 PM
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Yeah, I'm trying to find some venues in our area to start out with. Another person recommended CPE to me as well. I'm going to talk to my instructors a bit more in depth after class this week and see what they say. I know my club is hosting a trial in May, so if we would be ready for that, that would be convenient. If not, I will just help out. Or maybe I can do a little of each LOL.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:17 PM
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Haven't updated this in a couple of weeks.... Kimma was a BRAT last week (4/11). She was all over the place. So we worked recall A LOT over the week following that class, and she was pretty good last Wednesday (4/18). I think we are going to hold off on trialing for a while, as I know that she will become ring-wise REAL QUICK. I'm aiming for fall now.

We are, however, moving up to the next class next session (starts middle of May) so that's exciting! They do more full courses, which I think will be good for us.

I didn't get any clips from her bad week (my friend couldn't come with to tape me), but here are a few from last Wednesday

I need to work on her automatic down on the table...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp1h1RvQ3p0

Her weaves are a bit slower than usual here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYntNK0sVF4

And here is some payoff for our recall work!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBeKobrxnfU
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OK so Kimma was a bit of a brat (well, actually a huge brat) at class, BUT she had SO MUCH FUN and had no fear of the Teeter and no issues with her running contacts! So I will take it. She also came right back when called if she got off track, which is much better than her old habit of completely blowing me off LOL.

This sequence was just plain pretty good:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcXWwsxHTQw

Weaves were open (we're the only ones that do straight poles all of the time so it's annoying to close them just for us - it's not so bad, but I can't wait for next class when they are closed always) but she did good:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFbiRXt1K2Q

No Teeter fear! But I screwed up at the end of the Frame which is why she went on to the Dog Walk LOL. But she got right back in to it!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=65CVBeM1KwQ

This one is just funny because she was like, "Chute? What's that???" And you hear everyone go "Ohhhhhh!!!" in unison hahaha. I love my class - we are always rooting for each other and everyone is just so nice
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lUV25j-38s

Looking for some fun matches in the area to try out during the summer with the hopes of entering our first trial in the early fall
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:36 PM
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So I haven't had anyone to come to class with me for a while, which is why I don't have any new videos. I also am in the midst of moving, which is why I can't take any of training sessions LOL. I will have to get on that again soon :P

Anyway, just wanted to update this with a bit of awesome news! We have been "promoted" up past a class, and will start up in an official Novice competition class for the next session! I'm bummed that we won't have the same trainers anymore (we will be on a different night altogether now), but I'm excited that they think we're improving enough to let us skip a level

We are also going to do a Show 'n Go on May 20, so that should be... Interesting... Hoping I can break out some of my equipment and practice a bit beforehand... It should be a good experience nevertheless! Hopefully I will be able to get someone to take some video for me then - even if it ends up poorly it will probably be super useful to see.
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I haven't updated in a couple of weeks because I thought I broke my dog (I wrote about it in the Agility Training thread in the Training section). That Show and Go we went to a couple of weeks ago was so bad. She did stuff, but was super stressed the whole time. And here I thought my dog would go crazy zooming around. She was displacement sniffing all over the place, whining, refusing contact equipment... It was crazy. I felt so bad for her. Then the next night we had our first competition class with a new instructor. That was also a disaster. She just acted like I wasn't there. So we did like one jump, reward. Tunnel, reward. A Frame, reward. Like we were super beginners. Then we had a couple of weeks off. I did LOTS of recall games, brought crate games back in to the training routine, and didn't do much of any agility training.

Fast forward to tonight...

She was AWESOME. Apparently not doing any agility is what she needs LOL. Here are the courses we ran tonight - she did them with only minor issues the first time around, and then PERFECTLY the second time. I couldn't believe it. My instructor was in shock LOL. Her weaves are still slow, but I think those will come back with time.



Of course I didn't have anyone there to tape me... But tonight gives me hope. We are also going to be riding the Show and Go circuit for a while to get her used to playing agility in different places. I think doing that will be worth it, though, especially seeing her run like she did tonight
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