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Old 05-22-2014, 01:10 PM
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Thank you!

Thanks By more drive and speed what do you mean exactly? Just curious, as I don't do anything special to get her raring to go - we literally just walk in there and do it and then celebrate haha.

She does cue off my body/verbals pretty well, but we still have a lot to improve on.

She really has trouble deciding which obstacle I'm wanting her to go with (my fault mostly for not telling her soon enough and/or turning my body). But once we SHOW her, she anticipates it and collects herself to do the obstacle she is supposed to do. One other thing we need to improve is the teeter. She's still way too cautious with it, though we have improved leaps and bounds. One reason that causes her to bail on it is if she is going too fast and is unable to collect herself before getting on the teeter.

But honestly, I do think I take for granted that I don't have to create any drive/speed in her and she just does it because she loves to... though I'm sure she could do better or go faster with another handler
Sorry, I just meant more speed on your part to get her moving a little quicker - handling will definitely come with time. I have taken 4 or 5 handling classes now and they are a godsend for sure!

Creating drive beforehand with tug, etc. is also a great way to get more speed out of a dog, though. Recon and I spend the 5 minutes before a run playing and warming up with tug to get him ready. He'd certainly run without it, but just like with dock diving - the more "intense" the dogs are, the faster they will run!
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Sounds to me like she's just not 100% confident yet. I forget how long you guys have been doing it, but I know you had a break in there too. Your handling will get there, and she will learn to trust your handling cues. Don't worry, speed is a byproduct of confidence!
That's exactly what it is. She definitely lacks some confidence, but she's definitely improving.

We've been back at agility for about 5 weeks now. But before our hiatus we probably trained for 1 year or so?

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Sorry, I just meant more speed on your part to get her moving a little quicker - handling will definitely come with time. I have taken 4 or 5 handling classes now and they are a godsend for sure!

Creating drive beforehand with tug, etc. is also a great way to get more speed out of a dog, though. Recon and I spend the 5 minutes before a run playing and warming up with tug to get him ready. He'd certainly run without it, but just like with dock diving - the more "intense" the dogs are, the faster they will run!
Ah, I gotcha! Yeah I'm lazy Plus I had been going since 4:30 that morning and was exhausted... but the main reason is that I'm just lazy, lol.

I could bring her tennis ball and get her more excited. She doesn't care much for tug, but she loves her ball!
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Haven't posted in here in awhile.. leaving tomorrow for Regionals with a certain brown Border Collie! Was hoping Penn would have grown enough of a brain to play but alas. Maybe next year!
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Haven't posted in here in awhile.. leaving tomorrow for Regionals with a certain brown Border Collie! Was hoping Penn would have grown enough of a brain to play but alas. Maybe next year!
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Good luck at regionals!!

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Leaving tonight for a three day trial... I'm hoping we can manage at least ONE Q on each baby dog. I just want ONE from each... they have six chances. I think we can manage it. Last trial weekend was 1/4 on each so... I think it's possible...
I'm taking my contact trainer with me for the hotel room. Yes. It's happening. At least I have finally quit needing to take a tire jump with me?

Auggie gets to run on Sunday. Can't wait to run the old man again. I took him out to the agility yard yesterday and he ran around going "What should I do first?!" A-frame, teeter, dog walk, all three were stretched out in front of him... all of his favorite things. I set up the weave poles in the back while he was out with me and he kept running around weaving them while I set them up. Cutest little dog in the world, I swear. I told him you can do whatever you want Auggie. Pick one and do it. It's all for you. I really really love him. Even if we never Q again, each opportunity to run him is so wonderful.
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Harleigh is looking awesome!! She seems to really enjoy it

Have fun at regionals yv0nne!

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Good luck, Beanie!!!

We are officially done with trialing until fall. We legit almost had another QQ but I'm an idiot and forgot part of the Standard course (I've never done that before LOL) so I made poor Kimma drop a bar. But she recovered nicely and even with my mess up we ended up a good amount under time, so that's awesome. Picked up another JWW Q and points so it's not all bad haha.

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Well, I needed to be home for 24 hours to process the weekend before I could comment upon it in a relatively rational manner.

In a lot of ways, it was a horrible weekend. Probably the lowest Q rate I've had...maybe ever? Talk about disheartening. I almost didn't go, because Tristan has been having a bad relapse, money is tight, and I was just super down all week. But it was my birthday weekend, the entries were sent, and I needed to get away. I was hoping it would be this hugely successful weekend to make up for all the crap life has been throwing at me lately. Alas.

Meg's issues were non-issues. She's Meg, she owes me nothing, she gets to be silly or make mistakes. She did pull in yet another PIII Snooker Q, and had a great Standard run where she just had a refusal called when I cued her on take off (works for Gusto, Meg's point of commitment is SO tight to the jump) and she turned to look at me. She's perfect, who cares?

Gusto started off with serious distraction issues. One entire wall of the ring was glass looking into the lobby. Glass has reflections. He just kept stopping to stare. The good news is that he wasn't sniffing, he wasn't checking out. I think it was distraction, not stress-manifesting-as-distraction. He improved every single run he had, handled most of the PIII challenges with ease, and just had stupid things that disqualified us. He pulled a bar at the end of an otherwise great standard run, had a too-wide turn in snooker that put him over the finish jump before he was actually finished. Stuff like that. I was really disappointed with the results, but incredibly proud of the actual work he did. I wish I could trial him more; I think part of his issue is that he just needs more ring time at this point in his training.

This is the only run I have recorded. It was Saturday's gamblers run. I knew going in that the gamble was beyond his skills right now, and that I wasn't even going to try it. My goal was to get him through the weaves, and work the dogwalk/flip to tunnel before our standard run. It illustrates pretty clearly why retraining the dogwalk is on my Summer Plan. I really dislike what that obstacle has turned into for us. Also, Gusto doesn't have a tight flip on the flat - clearly I forgot which dog I was running.



He did get a much needed PIII Pairs Q, and even managed to be clean in his half (as was his partner) so I could feel good about it.
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Miss Georgie knocked out her OAJ title this weekend and was one refusal away from a leg in standard. Baby dog issues. Everybody has lovely things to say about Georgie, agrees she will be a lovely consistent dog with a high Q rate. Nice and steady, smart, driven but not over the top.

Payton... Payton decided this club's table is WEIRD and did not want to get on it. The first day he ran up to it and then tried to climb under it to examine the legs, but he DID get on it. The second day he got on, then hopped off and refused to get back on. WHAT are you doing, dog. I actually put the contact trainer up on a thing in the hotel room to simulate a table to get him to do a table last night and it worked for today, but WTF.
No weaves in even a single class. His contacts were much much much better. Yesterday I was sort of irritated with him (after his table fiasco) and held him on his dog walk contact a LONG time. But it's potentially because I'm telling him to touch repeatedly rather than just giving one command like I would really prefer to do. Not really happy about that, trying to remind myself that Sylvia Trkman wrote an article in Clean Run about how she repeats commands and talks a lot to her dogs and keep it from getting to me. It's not the performance I wanted at all. But sometimes we don't get what we want, I guess.

So a really frustrating weekend with Payton. Had some good things and several things that were 100% my fault anyway but the whole No Weave Weekend thing... sigh. I'm going to buy some steak and start over with the 2x2s and see if that doesn't help. I'm not entered in anything else yet because I don't have any money (my mom offered to pay for this weekend and she wrote the check for everybody's entry fees before I could stop her.) so not sure when he'll get the next chance to rip.


On the very real upside, Auggie ran GREAT. He had a SUPER fast standard time (for Auggie) and a decent JWW time (for Auggie.) He knocked the last bar on the triple in both rings and also didn't finish his weave poles, but I haven't really been practicing with him, definitely not practicing our triple jump, so that's why. Doesn't matter, he gets a 100% free pass on everything anyway. We played with his shark tug the entire time we were getting ready to go in the ring rather than using treats and I feel like that helped. Not sure when I'll next enter him again but it was really cool to have some fast (for Auggie) runs with the old man.
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Beanie, you're very hard on yourself. Congrats on all of your success! And may you find something constructive in your frustration.

BostonBarker, it sounds like you've had a rough time of things. It's frustrating when our dogs pick up on that when what we really need from them is to pull us through it. Dog therapy, while normally effective, isn't 100%. It's nice to hear that Gusto, while distracted, is keeping his stress under control.

I didn't do any trialing this weekend, but I did do a demo. During the downtime at the demo I took some video of Cohen's weaves. She used to single step them, but now she's clearly 2-footing them. One of my friends posited that she may have some soreness in her shoulders, but it's hard to tell. She's still fast, whatever it is.



We had our share of frustration this weekend, but while performing at these demos she's almost always fast, accurate. She's also hugely versatile and can switch from agility to obedience to flyball at the drop of a hat. Love this dog.
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