Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Heelwork training

I got a vid of Tia (and a bit of Rix - there was more but it was all rubbish so v edited!) doing some heelwork training tonight. Looking back at it her head position when I have the toy is still too high so will try and refine it a bit with the clicker. It's nice that her flicky feet have come back though.

I took the dogs to Chippenham on Sunday, as someone I train had their first show there. I said I'd meet her there at half 8, but after switching my alarm clock(s) off several times, I eventually woke up and looked at the time and it was 8.15 - whoops! I managed to get up and ready in an impressive 10 minutes (a record! norm it takes at least an hour!) but made the rather big mistake of feeding the puppy just before I left.

Driving rather fast through the streets of Bath the puppy kindly left me a nice deposit in her cage, all I can say is I'm glad I didn't have any breakfast as don't think I'd have kept it down, I didn't have time to stop en route (plus had nout to clear it up with!) and so was lucky it was only another 10mins or so until I got to the show. Note to self - allow puppy at least an hour between feeding and travelling.

Once we got to the show, and the pup had announced to everyone she had arrived (she had also let the cyclists of Bath know she REALLY didn't appreciate them parking up next to us at traffic lights) I watched a bit of the champ, walked the medium 1-3 graded with the girl I train (what a novelty walking a course!! lol) and then got all the dogs out. Did some training with each of them, the puppy was very focussed and not at all distracted doing training for some nice treats. When she's working, nothing can distract her, she's a little workaholic.

Shona and Keri (who I train) did a brilliant round and I was so proud of them, the course was very hard with a snake leading to a pull through which they did nicely, Keri just jumped off the dog walk (in case it was another seesaw!) and then ran past the tyre - we must do this a bit more! But she stopped on all her contacts and did lovely weaves :o) must get them to do more shows and less orienteering!!!

Dad had a super round with Bex in graded 5-7 agility, somehow managing to do 2 of the scariest push throughs ever (I think only Leah can do them and look totally cool and professional - lol), and won the grade 5 by 4 secs, he was only 0.2 off Dawn and Chelsea's time in the G7's so was very pleased, then he got a 3rd in 5-7 jumping. Nice that he and Andy and Kizzle go up to G6 together :o)

Also well done to Sarah and Jemma on their 3rd on Saturday at their first KC show - first of many I am sure :o)


1 comment:

Desuryc said...

I think you and Tia are brilliant beyond words. Every time I need a little bit of inspiration in my training, I watch you two in your Crufts 2007 You tube video. Thankyou for doing what you do so well.