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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Great Few Days Training

This weekend I had 2 agility training days,Saturday with Natasha Wise and on the Sunday with Toni Dawkins. I did them both with Chip. I was a little concerned at doing 2 consecutive days with him but I needn't have worried.

Natasha was brilliant, and I picked up several things to work on from her,even though I have an untalented dog ! :-) I had to put that in, sorry Natasha if you read this .Let me explain what happened........ She was explaining something to me about a line of jumps and she said that naturally talented dogs would nearly always take this line, whereas Chip hadn't ! She didn't realise what she had actually said until everyone started making fun of me & Chip( all taken in good spirit) Natasha went Scarlett and didn't know what to say. She hadn't meant it as it sounded, and apparently she was actually referring to one of her own dogs , however she couldn't stop apologising . Poor Natasha obviously felt bad about it as she even mentioned it again to everyone when they went for a meal later in the evening.

Luckily I have a thick skin .

Sunday it was Toni training over at my field.
Boy the weather was kind to us..the sun shone and it was quite warm for nearly the whole 3 hrs.
I struggled a bit adjusting to a different trainers ideas. Although Toni & Natasha aren't too different in their handling/teaching there was enough of a difference to confuse me a little. Chip was fine,just his poor mum that struggled.
I am overjoyed at Chips waits,he was rock solid 98% of the time. The 2 occasions he broke his wait on the Saturday,I just withdrew him,let some others take their turn and then set him up again.
On the Sunday with Toni we were working on recalling the dogs over the contacts with at least one jump in between. Once again once Chip knew what was expected of him ,he was fabulous.
I am so enjoying him, he is keen , responsive, turns on a sixpence and gives absolutely 100%.


That was our last agility training day till October and we finished it off with a fab meal down at the local carvery.

Obedience with Fozzie & Chip on Monday evening

I decided to pay a visit to my old Obedience club on Monday night ( Surrey DTC) down in Worplestone nr Guildford.
There were only a few of us there, and I was made to feel very welcome. I haven't been there since Chip was about 18 mths old.
Fozzie was very happy there in the new environment and didn't disgrace me at all.
I did a fast recall, Margaret held him whilst I went to the end of the hall for the recall.
He did a very small amount of heelwork,but what he did I was thrilled with,he was attentive and keen.
Janet gave me loads to think about & practice on our last training session at Sunbury and its all beginning to pay off. We then did some stays. I have done very little in the way of stays with Fozzie but he was just brill. I think it helped that he was a little tired by then, but I managed to get about a 45 second sit stay and a minute down stay.

I then put him in out into the van and got Chip out. WOW that's all I'll say. He was gobsmacking. Everyone commented on how he looked and worked. Chip has got so much stronger mentally/physically and it shows.

So with renewed keenness I have entered a few Obedience shows this year !!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Can I help ?


My eldest son Tony came round last night with my belated Mothers Day present,a lovely bunch of flowers and some chocolates..I have told him I am on a diet,now I shall just have to force myself to eat them..ha ha

Tony is a real dab hand at flower arranging..I don’t know where he gets this flair from ,but hey I wasn’t going to stop him.

Anyway Fozzie was totally enthralled by what Tony was doing, I just had to take some piccies.


Arr you're arranging the pretty flowers


I can help..go on let me

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Woo Hoo

Phew after my doom & gloom post at the beginning of the week,things have taken a real turn for the better.

I took Fozzie for his second proper Obedience lesson on Thursday,not expecting great things. I had gone armed with some very yummy,very smelly liver cake that dear Karen had made for me(thanks mate )plus some beautiful left over roast beef.

Fozzie was brilliant. Motivated,happy and he tried so so hard.( sure it was the liver cake..lol) I finished on a real high and 100% more positive He has also now cut all his teeth so his whole demeanor has changed again. He's happy,playing and back to his naughty self. I haven't started to really tug again yet with him, although he clearly wants to ,I will leave it a while till his teeth have really settled.
Walks will still continue on his own as well for 90% of the time,sometimes its just impossible to take him out separately.

I have included a small video of him on Thursday at Class, I left the funny bit of him nr the end. It was just so cute(don't think Janet thought so !!!) he started offering up some of his tricks in desperation for his titbit,and it was so funny..bless him.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Feeling a bit down & First show of the year.

I am writing this mainly for my own benefit so when I look back on this blog/diary in years to come I can say ,Oh yes I had forgotten Fozzie was just like that. We tend to forget just how our dogs were as puppies, and several times over the last week or so I have been reminded that my other dogs have reacted or been similar to Fozzie.

To get to the point I have been feeling a bit down/depressed at how things are progressing with Fozzie,he is teething badly so some of his behaviour/demeanour could be solely down to that,there is also the age thing going on,the stages of development most puppies go through.Some sail through these times with no hiccups,whereas some puppies react in strange ways .For instance he has
become very spooky at things generally & we're getting lots of panic barking,once again I've been told and read this can be age related .

Fozzie has stopped tugging & wanting to play generally,I am sure this is definitely down to his teeth,as I said in a previous post.But also he is generally not so motivated. I watched a DVD that I did of Chip growing and was amazed at how wonderful Chips heelwork was at the same age as Fozzie.( will try & post some Chip video at a later date) I struggled getting any bond with Chip for at least 10 months ,but here he was doing figure of eight heelwork,with such want & style.
I think Chip did so well because he was such a serious puppy. In fact he was like an adult dog in a puppy body. He was never naughty,never chewed,very quiet and as I have said showed no emotion at all. When you look at the video of him at 5 months old you could have almost been looking at an adult dog working..


Now Fozzie who is very puppylike in everything, cannot do more than 3 steps of heelwork without switching off. Plus most of his other behaviours have slowed down and he's just lost the edge !!!

So me being me,I analysed everything I was doing,and I am sure its something I am doing or not doing.
Well I came to the conclusion that a) I am being too serious and b) maybe just expecting too much from myself & Fozzie. c) not giving him enough *me* time.

So firstly all walks with the other dogs have been stopped. It has meant me getting up even earlier to fit this in, but I feel he has bonded too strongly with Chip & more so Woody and I'm just not so interesting. I'm not stopping him having contact in the house,but its also limited.
Whilst I am out on my own with him, I am using this time to just play with him as much as possible. Its also giving him independent confidence..its amazing how much confidence puppies draw from their pack members.


Yesterday I made him work for his lunch,I used to do this but stopped it once I changed his food,so its meant using kibble again because the thought of raw beef/tripe or chicken in my hand didn't really appeal :-))

I found if I did everything at 100 miles per hr, quick command,quick click and very quick reward he was fantastic. He became very switched on, precision wasn't great but attitude was. So that has told me training must have been getting a bit slow & stale for him.

I was told today ( and as I said we do tend to forget) that I had to leave Disney alone for about 2 months when he was training as a pup,because he also went through this sort of period..I had forgotten.

So I am sorry to have bored all you guys but as I said I want this for my own records really.

I have my monthly training on Thursday with Fozzie. I will hopefully get it filmed and all being well I shall put it on here..lets see if things have improved !!!

MID DOWNS SHOW

Saturday 14th march was Mid Downs and the first show of 2009 for me.
I have been working hard on Chips start line waits through the winter and was determined to get them in the ring. I had decided that if he didn't wait in the ring I would remove him immediately. I was over joyed that this wasn't necessary. I didn't push for a long distance wait at this show. I just did a one jump wait,held him for the count of 5,praised him and then released him. Over the next few shows I hope to extend the distance..fingers crossed.
My Mr reliable Woody got 2 places in the Agility..He's not comfortable at Mid Downs. he doesn't like the surface so never performs brilliantly, but he got an 11th and 14th,not brill for Woody but OK.
Disney was fab. He came 3rd in the Grade 5-7 Jumping. It was a lovely round(unfortunately not videoed) and only 1.3 seconds behind the winner , Natasha & Dizzy who is an ultra fast collie,so all in all not bad for a nearly 11 yr old hairy crossbreed !!
He wasn't quite so good in his Agility,he missed his A frame contact by quite a bit !!!!!
Homework needed....

Fozzie did lots of socialisation and playing with loads of other puppies there..it must be a bumper time for puppies !! he had a wonderful time, however he is already quite obsessed with the agility, and started to lunge and bark at the dogs going round. I really don't too much of this behaviour,it's nice he's interested but I don't want another barker at the ringside if I can help it. Hopefully at the next show he'll be over teething and I can encourage tuggy play ringside to distract him.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crufts & Fozzie update

Well this is the first opportunity I have had to write about Crufts as I have only just got over the tiredness. I was up between 4-00am and 4-30am each day and didn't get home till roughly 8pm on all but the Friday evening.We actually travelled up to Birmingham everyday.

The Thursday was for the YKC event. My 10 yr old niece Beth was in this event with Disney. She actually trains Woody every week,but at the KC festival last year ,I entered Disney for her to run as well, so it would give her more runs as they were travelling up for the whole weekend. Unfortunately Mr reliable Woody had a bad day,they were firing guns in the distance somewhere, so he was a little spooked, but Disney managed to come second in the qualifier and gave him & Beth a ticket straight to Crufts! Disney is not an easy dog to work and is a real mummy's boy. He will work for anyone ,however if things go wrong he will stop & look for me and run out of the ring.Toni Dawkins has tried to work him several times and each time he has run out of the ring to look for me. So I was extremely nervous at Crufts that he may do the same. Beth handled him beautifully,but it was quite a trappy little course with the jumps set very close and unfortunately he was eliminated.

Friday was the team day. Disney was once again a real star. He picked up 5 faults on the dogwalk but worked so well.Unfortunately 2 of the team members got eliminated so we didn't get though to the Final.

Saturday I was back up watching my obedience trainer in the Championship Obedience. Janet & Dallas were superb. Dallas is only 3 years old and put in a fantastic heelwork round, but was a little too keen on his send away and retrieve. However he finished a very credible 7th.

I spent an absurd amount of money at Crufts. All my dogs got new expensive collars, and Fozzie even got a lovely bling collar !!!!
Not sure where all the rest of my money went but I came back with shampoo,treats,leads,shoes for me,toys for the dogs plus some other bits & bobs.


FOZZIE UPDATE






Well my little lad is 5 months old today. I really don't know what is happening with his coat. Its going dark..I think I shall have to take him back cause I wanted a paler dog ;-)) ( just joking of course)

He is teething so badly. He has stopped wanting to play ragger,won't hold anything and actually seems to be quite depr
essed, I think he is in quite a lot of pain.
He sort of has a sad look in his eyes, and he's stopped being naughty. I can't wait for all the teeth to come through and have my naughty,mischievous boy back.
He's about 16" at the shoulder now,so I would think will definitely be Large. I would have quite liked for him to be a medium,so unless he stops growing now I don't think that's going to happen,however I have kept records of all my dogs weights and heights as they have grown and Disney was 16" at the same age and he did stop growing !! But Disney was a much lighter framed dog and Fozzie already weighs the same as Disney does now. He is however shorter in the leg than his half brother Chip, but longer in the back so I haven't a clue really where he will end up height wise.
The pictures were taken yesterday and today. The one of him sitting looking away from camera is just to show his coat colour.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Trip to Beach

Yesterday was a beautiful day so we decided to take the boys for a lovely walk on the beach. We went to West Witterings in Sussex, but when we got there the beach car park and road was shut. We drove to East Witterings and walked along the beach to the West beach. The first part of the beach is very pebbly and the tide was in,but as we walked further west the tide went out and we then had glorious sand.

Fozzie was really enjoying himself,jumping the water breaks (agility lad in the making ) and running around & herding (lol) the big boys , until he jumped over a wooden water break following Chip, and there must have been a deep pool the other side and he went under!!!. .After that he was very reluctant to go near the water again. Luckily they have their swim in the pool on Wednesday so hopefully it will get him over his mishap.
Here is a little video of our trip(including Fozzies little *trip* as well !