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I do hope you enjoy reading about all the various exploits of the Hairy Gang !

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Poor Chip & other stuff

Firstly what a wonderful week I have just had. I had a week off. The week long agility show I normally do at this time of year had been cancelled but I still had the week off because all the children I look after were on holiday.

The weather was really good especially at the beginning & end of the week. The middle was a bit miserable but it didn't stop me doing things all wk.

On the first Saturday I went to an Obedience show,my first for over a year,I wish I hadn't bothered really,Chip was very very distracted & worked abismally and I decided there and then the time had come to have him castrated..more on that later !! Disney was very high and was very excited but was very wide on his heelwork,so nothing for him. Woody doesn't do competetive Obedience,but I suspect he may have been better than the other 2 if I had entered him !! So I didn't even stay to do Chip & Disney's stays and just came home. I then picked up my son Tony and we went down to Mums to sort out her new broadband and laptop..well thats another long story !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday I went to an agility show,nice and near to me at Slough ,it was a glorious day and a very relaxed chilled show. Disney got a 2nd in the jumping( what a lad) and Woody also got a lowish place in the Agility,but he just wasn't running & jumping properly and I suspect he needs to see the chiropractor again,so he's booked in in 2 weeks.Chip once again was just not on this planet !!!!

Bank holiday Monday saw me down at my Mums again,first for a lovely walk and then another 3 hrs trying to fix the Internet and Laptop.....it resulted in a total meltdown of the laptop. !!!

Poor Chip also has a limp,we suspect a left shoulder injury. He was slightly lame last Thursday but it wore off,but returned again today so I am resting him for a while..NO training/jumping at all ,just a few short walks. Luckily there are no shows for a couple of weeks.

Tuesday I woke up all prepared to take Chip to the Vets to have the chop! However we went with the new chemical castration (
Suprelorin) so he wouldn't have to miss any shows . He has had an implant which releases a hormone over the period of 6 months and gives exactly the same effect as surgical castration. So we were in and out in 5 minutes !! I will report on here how its all going over the next few months. It takes 2-3 weeks to start to show. If I don't like how he is, I just won't have him castrated properly in 6 months, If the reaction is good then we all know what his little Xmas present will be....POOR CHIP !!!
In the afternoon I went caravan hunting/looking with my mate Jennie.

Wednesday was puppy agility classes with Fozzie,I continue to be very pleased with him . Afterwards Woody had a slight haircut (thank you Shirley) ready for his next lot of filming in about 10 days.

Thursday I had a lazy day ,and then I started teaching a new 5 wk puppy foundation course in the evening. I was cajoled into doing this by my mates as they all have puppies between 6-9 mths and had nowhere to take them. It is a great little group and my niece Beth is also bringing her Nans 10mth old Standard poodle x Collie puppy Charlie along. It is all very basic stuff I am teaching with no jumping at all, just waits,go-ons, recalls,tunnels ,directions stuff etc and all with lots of motivation.

Friday was back to Mums for the never ending saga of the Laptop and Broadband..thankfully all fixed now and ready to roll.

This weekend was taken up with a bit of Spring cleaning.. VERY BORING,walking the dogs and letting them have some lovely swims. I also spent some time looking at the new Apple Laptops which I am seriously thinking of buying......gotta start saving now though. !!

Heres a little video taken on my mobile phone today at the River. I now have 4 water loving dogs because Fozzie got right in there with the big boys.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Disney's Birthday & Fozzies training

Firstly I have to say a Huge Happy Birthday to my extra special boy Disney. He was 11 years old on 18th May.

Well his training is coming on big time. My early reservations are unfounded. He's getting stronger in his Obedience all the time. He now has learnt all the basics and its now just a case of fine tuning & practice over the next few months ready for his debut in the ring in about 3 months time hopefully. He is still quite reliant on his titbits being held in the hand for heelwork, so we have to wean him from them, so they can be in my pocket or pouch.
He has now done 5 puppy agility sessions, and is having great fun. It's me thats the problem. You get lazy when you have experienced dogs that know what they are doing and forget puppies need SO much help. I find myself doing things when I am handling,that I nag my students not to do all the time. Its so easy to see other people making mistakes,but also so frustrating to know that I am often making the same mistakes !!!!! DUH
I'd like to explain my training method for my contacts. Firstly I am running Fozzie over the dogwalk contact as fast as I can. Whether he hits the contact area or not is immaterial at the present , as long as he doesn't actually jump off the contact (hence the hoop) I will reward him. I just want speed and confidence at this stage. I am then teaching his go to a mat separately. I have only just started this and eventually I want him to run to the mat,lay down and look forward away from me. When I have got both these behaviours I will then put the mat at the end of the contact about 2-3 ft away. I am then hoping he will still keep the speed across with a stop at the bottom.Eventually I will bring the mat closer and closer to the contact. My reasons for trying this method this time is because all my other dogs were taught a 2 on and 2 off from the start,and they all have slow contacts on the down plank. Only time will tell whether this will work with Fozzie but I certainly want to try it. I'll keep you posted.
Here are 2 little videos taken this week showing his Obedience and Agility training.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May News.. Woody Filming,Fozzie & Shows

Lots going on here at the moment,I just don't have a spare moment.
We are nearing the end of Woody's filming. Its for Cbeebies series called *Gigglebiz* which is a programme with several short funny sketches in.They have made 25 episodes and Woody appears in everyone,sometimes a big part sometimes just at the start and finish of the sketch called Humphrey.Woody plays Archie who is Humphreys dog(the Character played by Justin Fletcher) Woody has been fantastic. He is loved by everyone and has done everything asked of him. It is due to be screened starting the end of August.
We've been on location all over the place...Weymouth, at a wildlife park,farm,garden centre,several parks.Its been so much fun with a lovely crew and off couse with Justin ,who is the most lovely person.
Here are a selection of pics I've taken so far.
At Weymouth


My Mr funny looking Fozzie is 7 months old today. I keep saying his coat isn't growing much, but when I looked at the photos I have just taken to put on here ,he seems to have sprouted more hair on his face since yesterday !!!!
His scar on his nose is slowly going and I am beginning to relax a bit more now when I am out walking him. I still put him on a lead if I am the slightest bit unsure of the dog that's approaching,but usually Woody & Chip are my guides as to how friendly the dog is and I then let him off. He is still very confident to approach them,so hopefully its had a happy ending. I have temporarily stopped walking him on his own,it was getting very difficult with the filming going on etc and as I said it helps having my 2 extremely dog friendly dogs with him at the moment.
His training is coming on very well,but once again lack of spare time means not much practice. Once filming has stopped we can resume it all with enthusiasm.


Last weekend it was Tunbridge Wells.
Chip wasn't really with me at all over the weekend.We just couldn't get it together and once it went wrong it went wrong big style. Every round he was a little off his head, and I withdrew him from one agility round because he broke his wait again. So no places or clears for Chip.
Disney did some lovely rounds and finished up 6th in the Olympia qualifier. He did a fantastic Grade 6-7 jumping but ran past the second to last jump and was eliminated,but boy was he fast.
Woody..well what can I say about my perfect little star....6 runs , 6 clear rounds with 5 places and one run just out of places. They went down to 10th and he came 11th !!!

The week before was Vyne.

Woody was once again my star. 2 clears out of 3 and 2 places.
Disney was in the Champ class and he actually got through to the finals. He really worked well ,but unfortunately I am having to push him harder now and he flew his seesaw. His round was very tight and smooth and I have it on video but haven't got round to downloading it yet..I will soon.
Chip did some very nice rounds with just small mistakes on my side.