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Old 04-15-2019, 12:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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More fun in today's class and a real challenge for next week - wait till you see this one.

We did another heeling rally course - only this time to a metronome. Nothing like weaving through cones and turning 360's and turning right or left marching on time. It was interesting to watch some of the others. Some people didn't connect with their dog which shocked me - and they were called out on that.

We then did heeling with distraction - OMG what a distraction. We took turns walking next to someone's dog (I had Babykins with me, most people had their dog, not all) and we were to call their name, tell them to stop, pull at their clothes, call their dogs name - to be a really, really obnoxious distraction - not just quietly walking next to them. We just heeled a straight line, turned around and walked back. I was lucky my dog actually heeled and kept her attention......which I didn't expect but I did use a food treat to keep her attention on me. Next week will be even worse... the distraction person will be throwing food and treats - I don't think we'll be able to heel with that. And we have to wear a skirt. A while back a judge was wearing one of those tattered bohemian skirts with tendrils fluttering everywhere and most dogs were either fascinated and heeled with the judges skirt, or they were scared and afraid to move. Should be very entertaining to watch. The goal obviously is for you and your dog to focus on each other the whole time and not let the judge in the ring be a distraction. I just don't wear skirts, don't have one - but I do have some gorgeous sari's and I'll bring one that I can wear over pants to be my skirt temporarily. Bonus points because Saris end up with a section that you fling over your shoulder and that can move too (the way you wear a Sari is regional).

We did directed glove work. First there were bowls on the floor and people standing around with their dogs. One of the people had treats for your dog .... we had to sit and direct our dog to the right bowl and as the dog came close someone would reward the dog by tossing the treat in the bowl and then you called your dog back for more treats.

After this we did a single glove recall. First sending out 15' and then 30'. I've never sent Babykins out that far for a glove and she's terrible about not wanting to hold on...but somehow the extra distance got her excited. She ran out full speed ahead to get the glove and full speed back holding it and handing it to me. I was so sure this was going to be a huge failure because I'm still teaching her to hold the glove long enough to hand it to me.

We ended with dumbbell tossing over the jump...... first a proper toss over the jump. The second toss was hard - instead of tossing it over the jump which you are supposed to do - the teacher put out a wing from an agility jump and it was off to the side. We had to toss our dumbbell to the wing to the side......not over the jump. Most dogs watched where the dumbbell went and immediately took off to the side, not going over the jump. I was thrilled that I was able to direct Babykins over the jump then she turned right to grab the dumbbell - and here's where agility came into play, I was able to tell her to jump back when it wasn't the natural path to take. It also helped that we had done that directional glove work before because sending her over, I made sure to direct her attention to the jump and away from the dumbbell. The trick was to direct your dog to jump, then direct them to find and take the dumbbell and then direct back over the jump.

One of the more experienced people has trained her dog to turn it's head and look at her after the dumbbell is thrown and before she sends her dog over. The trainer pointed out this was a smart idea - that way your dog is going to follow where you send them. So we need to work on that.

And here is the challenge for next week - and it's a doozy. We were all given those really cheap flimsy plastic eggs people fill to add to Easter baskets and hunts. We have to train our dog to retrieve this Easter egg. Even worse, next week it's going to be filled with dog treats. OMG. Most of us started to train in class as she was handing the eggs out. I got Babykins to take and hold it - but she started to play with it and opened it up - it's really thin and flimsy. I think I'll go and buy more in case she breaks a few in practice.

So has anyone taught their dog to return a cheapo, flimsy plastic Easter egg? Any suggestions?
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Noelle would flunk this class. All those distractions would melt Noelle's mind. I am really, really impressed with both of you. Such incredible progress. Great job. Wow!

As far as retrieving an egg? Um... Get lots of eggs to practice with. As far as the dog treats go, I know what Noelle would do. Open the egg, get the treat herself, then bring me both halves. Good luck!
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