Thursday, 27 September 2007
Then we had a go at weaves, we used V weaves right open to start with so that Wendy could see if the dogs understood them and to see how we handled them then they were put closer together but not upright. Thomas thought they were great and was whizzing through like a pro even though we've only done a bit but I started off by rushing him a bit and trying to race him which made him pop put. I have to be a bit more patient and try and remember he's a baby.
The lesson was half an hour which I think was just right and a group of 4 works really well, we're looking forward to next week
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Tom starts training at Sevenoaks tonight and although he will be slightly ahead of most of the other new starters I'm looking forward to it as we will be doing lots of targeting and sending on stuff which we really enjoy and he will be among new dogs which is another bonus as it's more things for him to get used to.
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Monday, 24 September 2007
The boys spent most of the weekend wrestling around the garden with odd breaks for Thomas to play with Suzi whilst Dudley looked on barking as he thought he was being left out. It's so relaxing to be able to sit and watch them play and enjoy themselves.
Tom loves walking round the rings and watching all the other dogs and I really think being able to do this will help when we start to compete as he will be so used to the noise and bustle of what's going on. I have even queued with him with someone holding Dudley for me and he's totally unfazed by it.
I had a good weekend results wise too as I came home with 5 3rds, 2 for Dudley and 3 for Suzi I was chuffed to bits as you can imagine. Poor Suzi had an unfortunate collision with the side of a collapsy tunnel which was partly my fault as I should have worked it a bit harder instead of assuming she would go in, she was the 2nd dog out of 4 that had run to do the same thing and luckily after someone had a chat with the Show Secretary the course was adjusted and restarted and Suzi went back to come 3rd having got all her contacts again. It was great to actually have graded classes for the small and mediums and compete against our peers and know that they are competive within their grades.
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Dudley has never had to be the boss before and at the moment there seems to be a slight power struggle going on between him and Thomas. Poor Duds tries to tell Tom off when he's being over the top or has got something he wants but Tom doesn't back down which then turns into a slanging match, bit like the fight in Bridget Jones' Diary all noise and nothing else, one big 'Oi' from me usually stops it but it's something I'll have to keep an eye on as I think it'll be poor old Dudley that comes off worse if it develops into anything more.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
I train with Leah Gardner and Wendy Card at ANJU and Malcolm Card at Sevenoaks & District DTS and they all have similar training methods so I have very consistant training with all three of my dogs (they all do tell me not to say so much but I can't help it and I think if I stopped Duds and Suzi would probably want to know what's going on!!)
Bisto gravy granule lids are great for targeting to and I have loads in my training bag so I can put one at each contact if need be and as they are flat Thomas starts to look at the ground rather than at me or the next bit of equipment so hopefully wont take it in to his head to go until I say so. I know running contacts are faster but I really want to have some sort of control with him as he is so much faster over them than the other two, they wait for me he doesn't.
With the seesaw I'm still holding him by the collar as he can be a bit kamakaze and having had Suzi run into mid air at shows I'm going to be very sure he understands the tip before we compete.
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
He has had 10 lessons now and has taken to it like duck to water, he loves doing his contacts and has realised that he needs to go over the jumps rather than round them and even with the handicap of my handling has started to show some real potential.
It's lovely to train a dog that wants to learn as much as he does and is so enthusiastic, Dudley loves his agility but thinks doing something more than once is boring so is hard work to keep motivated for the whole lesson. I find myself forgetting that he's only a baby and has only had a few lessons and keep expecting him to be able to do some of the things Dudley and Suzi can do.
We have just started back at training after out summer break and he seems to have remembered all he's learnt up til now and has just started to weave, he will find the entrance almost every time but gets a bit excited and misses a few, at the moment I'm not correcting this overly and let him finish the weaves and bring him back a bit later to have another go. We have also been working on directional commands such as left and right and he's picked these up quickly, I just need to remember them now!.
This photo was taken on the day I met him by a lady at the show who kindly let me have it after I'd officially adopted him.
I spent the day talking about him with Leah (my instructor) playing with him and introducing him to Dudley and Suzi before taking him home that night for a trial to see how he settled in.
Well as you've guessed he didn't go back and this fluffy, noisy little ginger dog is now a definate part of the family.