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Old 10-13-2013, 08:40 AM
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My friend had her 12 year old dog measured and the judge did their darndest to make him measure at the lower cutoff. That stuff is nice imo. Too bad my old dog doesn't have a shorter height to measure into. :/

Anyways, should I take Summer to class this week or skip it? She's on pain meds and antibiotics. Appetite is down but other than that seems normal and active. I'm leaning towards skipping but not 100% sure.
Yeah, really. My dog is 9, she's still in novice, we're not going to be taking awards away from anyone at this point! I just want my dog to play as long as she can.

My instructor will let you "double up" the next week if you skip a class. Is that an option? I can take the level below me and my level the same week to make up the missed class.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:38 PM
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YAY! Kimma got her AX with a first place today

She's the first Finnish Spitz female to achieve that title and only the fourth Finnish Spitz ever. I think she's also the youngest (still researching that) and got there in the shortest amount of time (we've only been trialing for a year).

AHHHEEEEE!!! Love my babydog <3

And now, we take a break for a couple of months so that she can maybe de-stress and work on other things. All of our NQs lately have been over times/she stresses and refuses something. Super frustrating, especially because we will be over by like a second, or she will just refuse one jump/one tunnel entry. So break time it is! We will go on hikes, maybe try for more Rally stuff, and just have fun for a bit

(Oh, and in the Standard ring today she was so not stressed at all - she ran happily and pretty fast - a marked difference from our JWW today where she was over time by a total of 5 seconds and trotted the entire thing)
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:37 PM
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YAY! Kimma got her AX with a first place today

She's the first Finnish Spitz female to achieve that title and only the fourth Finnish Spitz ever. I think she's also the youngest (still researching that) and got there in the shortest amount of time (we've only been trialing for a year).

AHHHEEEEE!!! Love my babydog <3

And now, we take a break for a couple of months so that she can maybe de-stress and work on other things. All of our NQs lately have been over times/she stresses and refuses something. Super frustrating, especially because we will be over by like a second, or she will just refuse one jump/one tunnel entry. So break time it is! We will go on hikes, maybe try for more Rally stuff, and just have fun for a bit

(Oh, and in the Standard ring today she was so not stressed at all - she ran happily and pretty fast - a marked difference from our JWW today where she was over time by a total of 5 seconds and trotted the entire thing)
Congrats!! That's an awesome accomplishment!
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:54 AM
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YAY! Kimma got her AX with a first place today

She's the first Finnish Spitz female to achieve that title and only the fourth Finnish Spitz ever. I think she's also the youngest (still researching that) and got there in the shortest amount of time (we've only been trialing for a year).
That is so cool! Congrats!!
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:38 PM
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Congratulations to Kimma So awesome!

I don't know what to do with Penny. Some days are great, most days are terrible. She doesn't love agility ..so I'm really torn between making her do it& ending up with both of us angry or just pulling her from training and keep doing hikes and stuff with her instead of forcing her into agility. I don't know. It's been a super roller coaster ride for 13months and she just doesn't love it.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:52 PM
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Congratulations to Kimma So awesome!

I don't know what to do with Penny. Some days are great, most days are terrible. She doesn't love agility ..so I'm really torn between making her do it& ending up with both of us angry or just pulling her from training and keep doing hikes and stuff with her instead of forcing her into agility. I don't know. It's been a super roller coaster ride for 13months and she just doesn't love it.
Time to take a break.

Zinga's love for agility started to dwindle out last spring. She was into it kind of, but not nearly as much as I wanted her to be. So we took a break. We practiced all the flat work stuff like start line stays, recalls to my side, front and rear crosses on the flat, but stayed off of equipment for several months. I just recently started her again, and she LOVES it. I really think I was just putting too much pressure on her. I really wanted her to be awesome and impress all of the local agility community so they would love koolies as much as I did, and by doing so, accidentally made it about me rather than her.

So we spent a lot of time learning about each other, learning to play, learning to motivate, learning to keep focus in distracting environments away from agility before putting that pressure back on. So, so happy I did that.
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It was so worth driving 90 minutes to get there, because THE JUDGE WAS SUPER NICE AND MEASURED MY 9 YEAR OLD 16 1/4" DOG AT 15 7/8"!!!!!

He was measuring her, and I said I was hoping I would get her under 16". He says, "Yeah, that's not going to happen, what height did you sign up for today?" I told him we were 16 performance, because my dog was 9 years old and I didn't see a need to jump higher.

"Oh, she's nine?"
"Yeah, she's my old lady."
"Hrm, looks like she's 15 7/8"

AHHHHHHHHHHH! I can keep playing USDAA with my little girl now, because she can jump 12" in future trials, yay!!!
What a sweet judge!!! Very awesome.
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YAY! Kimma got her AX with a first place today

She's the first Finnish Spitz female to achieve that title and only the fourth Finnish Spitz ever. I think she's also the youngest (still researching that) and got there in the shortest amount of time (we've only been trialing for a year).

AHHHEEEEE!!! Love my babydog <3

And now, we take a break for a couple of months so that she can maybe de-stress and work on other things. All of our NQs lately have been over times/she stresses and refuses something. Super frustrating, especially because we will be over by like a second, or she will just refuse one jump/one tunnel entry. So break time it is! We will go on hikes, maybe try for more Rally stuff, and just have fun for a bit

(Oh, and in the Standard ring today she was so not stressed at all - she ran happily and pretty fast - a marked difference from our JWW today where she was over time by a total of 5 seconds and trotted the entire thing)
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Mia is off and on about agility. Summer just plain loves it and she'd drill agility till she ran out of steam (she is older after all). With Mia I can't drill her at all. I treat her WAY more. I stopped weaves completely for months to get her back happy. Weather seems to be a big deal- the heat is no good for her.

Everything is happyhappyhappy and we give cookies any time she is having fun. I ignore her mistakes and we just keep on running. No working on startline stays because she stresses. We just drop her and run. She's been very happy the last month with these changes.
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Sometimes it's good to take a break. I always have an off-season with my dogs (happens to be my running training season so it works out well.) Usually in the winter. I don't like to enter trials because weather is so touchy around here and I hate to enter and not get to go because of an ice storm or something, so we take the winter off and usually work on stuff that isn't sequences (excepting jump work which I guess is technically a sequence of jumps.) Go back to foundations stuff, which I think everybody can always benefit from going back to foundations! I already know what I'm working on with Payton after our last trial of the year this weekend and it's all foundations stuff, jump work, turns. Really nothing but jumps and tunnels for the majority of it.

I think too it's good to take a break and re-evaluate where the dog is at. Auggie took more than one break and every time we came back to it, I was terrified he was going to be like "nope" and I'd want to cry because my dog didn't like agility - but every time we came back to it, he came back with enthusiasm and it renewed my faith that we could keep playing.

It's tough because we can't just ask them if they want to keep playing... agility would be a lot easier if we could just have logical, rational conversations with our dogs...
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