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Old 03-07-2014, 05:59 PM
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As it turns out, Feist loves this kind of wrapping around trees stuff, so we've been playing with it! And she did finally start to learn the other direction today
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:12 PM
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This weekend was our "test run" trial so to speak. Got the baby dogs in the ring before taking them to Louisville and unleashing them.

Payton did okay, he still has some tire issues that stem from me just not having a tire jump put together at my house so NEVER practicing it. It's my fault. Regardless he picked up an extra Q in JWW on Saturday. Had nice contacts all weekend long and did a lovely job with lead outs. Sunday in JWW he tensed and thought about leaving before I released him, but he didn't. Like his body twitched forward a little bit and then he caught himself and settled back into his sit and stayed. If I were allowed to I would have gone back to him and given him a cookie LOL. A "good decision!!" had to suffice. I don't care about the NQs, I was taking the opportunity to work on some things. He has a great stay on the table that pretty much allows me to get wherever I want to be.

Georgie had no Qs Saturday but Sunday got a double Q which gives her a second leg toward her NA. She had nice contacts all weekend to but her stays are not as good. She won't break the line but she stands up from her sit. In JWW (second run) I actually went back and made her sit again, then went to run with her. She doesn't take things personally exactly, but because I had gone back to make her sit back down she was like "oopsie, I did something wrong" and she came around the first jump with me instead of taking it. Did fine after that. Saturday she made a very difficult weave entry. Also did the chute both days without any issues which was a previous challenge for her, and we didn't even practice the chute. I was quite pleased with her. Glad I only entered her in Louisville for two days though, because she was pretty much done by the end of Sunday.


Both dogs have less than exciting weave poles in trial situations. I don't get it because Payton is a real rock star at his weaves when we're in the backyard, hits all kinds of entries, does recalls through them and sends to them and one time I even tripped and dropped my treat bag full of cookies all over the ground and he kept going. But just not enough value to them for his performance to stay together in a trial I guess.
Georgie doesn't have as good of a performance, my mom doesn't proof them as extensively as I do, but she certainly knows how to perform them reliably and yet they are... well... NOT reliable in a trial. I'm not sure how to fix that. Just keep trialing, keep practicing, and hope it works itself out? I know they are both baby dogs but I feel like they should be able to do weave poles. Auggie had great weaves. And there I go comparing them to Auggie again because I am terrible and unfair.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:09 AM
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Yay Feist!

Beanie sounds like you guys did awesome! Funny when things don't translate from home to trial, eh? Or I guess aggrevating more than funny.

Monday coming we have our third Jess Martin seminar.. and then the 28/ 29 is her first official trial. Oh god I hope she can grow a brain in 17 days..
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:29 AM
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Yay tree-wrappin' Feist!

Beanie, sounds like a super fun, helpful warm up weekend!!

Crossbone was craaaaazy last night. I think I found his secret (partially thanks to you, yv0nne!). I learned if I "wind him up" and do some spinning before we start it gets him super revved up and focused.

I'm having so much fun with him. We're finally starting to really click as a team.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:33 AM
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As it turns out, Feist loves this kind of wrapping around trees stuff, so we've been playing with it! And she did finally start to learn the other direction today
Patton loved listening to this. XD

She looks great!
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:35 AM
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I'll have to come watch the Shelties run in Louisville.

Mimi had a stellar class yesterday. Worked on a rear crosses (because I'm not ballsy enough to try a blind!) and she did well! Historically, we haven't had good rears as Mimi likes to see me move. She's getting more confident and I'm trusting her more. Only missed her weave entry once (I got ahead of her) and only popped a pole once (not even the last one!). I'm pretty happy with how her weaves are coming considering I had NO idea what I was doing. After Ezra's class we worked on finding the back side of a jump, which we've only done one other class. She was on board for the most part, which is awesome considering how demotivating 270s were the first time we tried. Yay novice handler.

Ezra's just.. Ezra. His default behavior is now his target/contact behavior (bowing) and he does it every. single. time. he's confused about something. It's cute, not helpful, but cute. He's having fun and starting to understand some basics. He's an A+ on holding his target behavior, though. Something I never pushed with Mimi.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:53 AM
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I'm having so much fun with him. We're finally starting to really click as a team.
That feeling is great, very happy for you!!
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:28 AM
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Sorry I've been MIA here... I swear we are still doing agility...just been really busy! Hope everyone here is having fun -- sounds like most are!
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You all have been working so hard! Congrats everyone. I feel positively lazy as a result.

We had a fun weekend at agility houseleague. Each session is comprised of 2 agility games and 1 standard run. One of the games was called Helter Skelter and it's basically a speed/point gathering game with a bit of optional (but +++ points) distance work thrown into the mix. Basically it's 60 seconds of "run as fast as you can". Cohen NAILED it. She ran clean, she got all distance obstacles, she handled like a dream, she got further and she scored higher than any other dog in the time allotted -- even sports bred BCs and the trainer's dogs.

The rest of our runs weren't exactly flawless, but I was so happy with that one. It's just a joy to get to see Cohen run flat out like that. And, as an added bonus, she handles so nicely at a distance I wasn't wheezing for breath at the end of the 60 seconds.

My cruddy handling was to blame for most of our faults in our other runs. Cohen is coming along very nicely.
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Diesel is now getting weaves about 9 times out of 10 so it's getting there YAY! I never thought he would ever get it lol.

Now just to teach myself to not bend over XD.
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