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Old 07-21-2014, 04:39 PM
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First time he's gotten all his weave poles since May. I didn't care about the rest of the run after that (totally forget we actually could have gotten a Q out of it had I paid attention) because I was just so **** happy he got his weaves. Big celebration afterward, lots of steak and kisses.
As nice as the Q might have been, I think that was probably exactly the right way to finish the run! Congrats!

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I wanted to try entering him in some CPE or USDAA or something, something where the runs are cheaper and I could get him in the ring more often, but there's hardly any around here.
Drat, that would have been my suggestion. The other nice thing about those venues is that each has some games where you can basically work on what you want. I know plenty of people who use gamblers (jackpot in CPE) to work their dog's contacts or weaves in the ring, since you can just keep putting them back over the a-frame, for example. Plus USDAA jumpers doesn't have anything but jumps and tunnels (no weaves), so it is a great confidence building class.

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Payton wants me to start a new agility organization called Paytongility.
I have long said that I am going to start my own agility organization. It will consist only of snooker, jumpers, and steeplechase. When you register for the year, you get 3 do-over cards, good on any run at any trial.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:07 AM
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FAST class in AKC is the option for that... one of my friends told me he had to enter FAST with his dog to reinforce her contacts. I've been kind of resistant to entering because I don't really like FAST, but I think I might need to give it a shot.

We got waitlisted for our next trial, and my second option for an August trial is already closed. So we might be taking another month off. I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for some online courses to open too, since I got my raise and can afford some stuff again. I really want to try a Tracy Skelnar Agility U class...
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:37 AM
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I still haven't submitted my entry for the trial in two weeks.. I want to find success with her. I've done SO much to find success.. is there ever a moment in a stressy, runaway dogs life where you instantly can tell they are ready to trial?

$125 for the entry fees
$110 for the hotel
$150 for gas
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Basically, I'm sick of burning that much money to compete& only end up sad& in tears that my dog runs away. I need to decide before tomorrow evening what to do.. ugh.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:16 PM
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I hope it's not unreasonable to offer up this great read here. http://thecognitivecanine.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/844/
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:29 PM
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I hope it's not unreasonable to offer up this great read here. http://thecognitivecanine.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/844/
I don't think it is at all. I agree that it is a great article.

Gusto and I are coming off a break. As hard as it was, it has already had an impact. Maybe it only did because I was so frustrated with trying to do agility with him, but I'm so glad I took the break. It wasn't long - about a month of zero agility. We hiked, we swam, we played ball on the green, and I fell in love with him again. I also went back to a training aspect that had gotten kind of lost in the shuffle - the quote I like from Ian Dunbar was something like "Every five minutes, ask yourself 'is this good', and if it is, tell them." Lots more rewarding just for doing the right thing, even if I didn't ask for anything. And yesterday when we were at the green, and a dog popped out of the bike path, Gusto started to bark and run to the end of the green as he usually does. And I quietly said "lie down" and he dropped into a down, looked back over at me, wagged, and then came running back for a cookie when I told him he was a genius.

We are starting on our new dog walk training plan, and I went to practice at a friend's house last night. I told myself getting out of the car that my ONLY criteria for at least the first week is "Gusto thinks this is a great game". I want him quivering with excitement when he sees the hoop. If he runs by it or takes off with his toy, I don't care. Happy, happy Gusto. The rest will come.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:17 AM
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Rockstar pug was on fire tonight at the field. Weaving all the things from hard distances and with me layering from behind contact equipment. The hardest thing for us was sending out to jumps, go figure she gets the trickiest obstacle from a distance but a single jump throws us haha. Good Pug.
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:43 PM
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I decided I really wanted to get off my ass and start filming training sessions. Not to show to people really, more for myself so I can see how we are working and progressing as a team.

Anyway, today I *finally* had some time to pull the camera out. It's supposed to storm tonight so I had to do it this morning. It's also humid and he shuts down early when it's humid... I set up the jumps, I set up the camera, I warmed up the dog... I turn the camera out, we go out.... and everyone starts letting the other dogs out(there are currently 5 in my house because of visitors and the neighbors also just got a new dog).

My dog is scared of my bother's dog bc it's mean and likes to randomly run out and attack him. My brother thinks it's "funny." So when my dog sees my brother's he just freezes in place or runs off course to hide... so did that a few times. Then my cousin's dog was let out and she charges people... yup.... and then the old lady was let and she's just become rude for treats. She doesn't care about other dogs but she'll run to the middle of course and sit in front of me for treats. EVERY take got messed up by a dog... I *finally* get all the dogs away and now he's done and started skipping weave poles and dropping bars and slowing down because he's tired and hot.

SO FREAKING FRUSTRATED.

We're taking a break and I'm going to give it one more try... I left everything set up for now... hopefully we can get something filmed before the storm comes in.
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:29 PM
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I have been so freaking excited by how Gusto is running lately. It know it is home and I know the issues we've had have been trial related but...it just feels like something good is coming. He's happy. He's working with me, and choosing to do so. We both walk away from training in a great mood.

We have a CPE trial (only entered one day, he's only doing 3 games) next month, and an AKC trial at the beginning of September. It sucks that winter is coming so fast and it really limits trial options, but if he keeps training like this, and we really get the trial stress worked out this year - he's still only 3. Next year we can do more.

And we've got a whole series of lessons set up for the fall/early winter. I haven't felt this hopeful in a long while.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:40 PM
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We did some really short sequences tonight - tunnel and chute, plus either low dog walk or a mostly-supported teeter (so it only tipped a few inches).

He's not afraid of any old thing, he loves to play/work, and we've done enough other stuff before this that we really know each other and mesh. We are having so much fun together. So. Much. Fun. I love this dog.

Even if I'll barely be able to keep up with him soon.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:18 PM
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Just wanted to see what would happen if I tried to sequence some stuff tonight, we haven't worked on any agility things in a bit, keep on meaning to but meh it's hot. Keeping in mind she hasn't ever done multiple obstacles other than a straight line of jumps driving to a toy... These are the 2 highlights of some pretty hilarious attempts, she's definitely figured out that running past jumps is the faster way to get to a tunnel. <3
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