Friday, October 30, 2009

a little bit of everything

there's been no real updates recently, ive been a bad bad girl.

i have videos from this weekend - rah won open A again, took first in excellent B for his second RE leg, and berlin took second in her rally class (lost first because i made her repeat a call front that was crooked, was a 1 point loss that i cost 3 pts instead! bad bad me. both dogs also got their parade of titleholder/rescue ribbons :)

lots of changes going on in my dobe club - hopefully some fun announcements in the near future that will get us going where some clubs have never gone!

i dont think i mentioned it here, but berlin was ranked in rally novice B for 2008??? in the top 10 for the breed. by front and finish - very proud of her!!!! so both my dogs were nationally ranked for 2008 in some manner!

both the dogs are making their nadac agility debut this weekend - im nervous as hell and not sure why i entered them except that my trainer said they could do it - so i have to have faith! both are entered in tunnelers and jumpers only. no contacts or weaves for us yet in competition.

training this week was ok. lydia ran berlin and ran in agility for half the class since she has to run them in their jumpers run tomorrow because i have to work - we shall see how that goes :) berlin did lovely weaves with a jump before hand and was nailing her entrances - time to start on SENDING her to the weaves. she also handled the sequences nicely, including a serpentine essentially into the tunnel (it was TIGHT).

rahs heeling class i cant recall much of since i was dying from my head cold... however i know i need to work on getting him straighter for fronts and finishes (im consistently losing half a point on each) and i need to stop the sidewinding jumping forge he has going for the slow. he's not maintaining heel position well on change of paces.

utility - moving stand didnt get done, as did articles - but he did them lovely in the match the weekend prior. gloves - i need to work on attention during the pivots because he is too excited to retrieve so he gets all crazy about pivots and puts on the poop face and says "dont make me sit i just want to retrieve". also need to remember to pop him UP instead of back with the flexi. but when he did pivot marks and retrieves - as well as fronts, miraculously (probably because i popped up!) were good!

signals - when kath pressures him by standing almost on top of him, he gets stressed and he starts to walk. i need to work on that - if a judge gets too close he's going to walk right out. if they stay far away he's fine, but within 2-3 feet he cant handle the pressure. same with articles, actually. too close and he just runs and grabs. but when he's thinking and i've got ears, he's dead on.

go outs were a miracle. we worked them on our own (i actually neglected to do much directed jumping after this halloween miracle) - i had the toy out and im still working on good drivey focus on the go out spot - and HE TURNED OFF THE TENNIS BALL THREE - count em THREE - times!!!!! i normally have to wait him realizing he cant get the ball off the gate before he turns, and he turns only partially because he wants the ball. but three times he RAN out there, turned ON my call, and turned straight to me - i think he finally figured out if he does this, he GETS the tennis ball!!!!!

open on thurs with roo - retrieves were good, we proofed with the group of people milling out about the db when we sent them. ROH were good too - im still mixing in cookie marks and she's nailing her fronts and she did an awesome db retrieve! broad jumps are going well too - she anticipated but i cant fault her.

stays sucked and we had a come to jesus on it. and heeling was ok, but she's not paying 100% attention to me and i want to work on that. as always, i feel im the weak part of this relationship and im not getting what i need to get out of mySELF, which is why i cant get it out of her. fig8's i wasnt pushing so she lolled around, but when i pushed she came right in and flew around with me.

recalls were ok - she isn't getting dropped on the recalls, we just work them in games since she actually doesn't have an AKC cdx yet...

things i want to work on:

1) berlins attention
2) berlins ring attitude
3) berlins stays
4) rahs broad jump (with his smack stick!)
5) rah's fronts and his concept of it
6) rahs finishes and set ups
7) all of utility with him, essentially!)
8) start berlin further in her gloves, marks, go outs
9) get berlin to admit she doesn't hate the metal article anymore - since she's EATEN 2.

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