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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Latent learning !

In my post yesterday I posted a video of Pixels weaves. I said yesterday that we have done absolutely no weave training for over a month and the session yesterday was a quick 5 minute session.

Today I went out for another quick session. I narrowed the weaves and she was 100%, so I thought what the heck lets try my proper straight weaves.
Below is the result !! However she can only do it on the right :-(
So now I know she understands the concept I am going to go back to slight channels to solidify her learning and get 100% on both sides.
Latent learning at its best :-)


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Maybe ...just Maybe :-)

Well after the sadness of the last 2 weeks I thought I'd update Pixels progress.
Mum passed away during my agility holiday, I was actually up at Rockingham Castle for the KC Festival, but when I got the phone call I had to rush home leaving everything there. I didn't really feel like returning but I had to go back for my caravan anyway, and my family persuaded me to continue with my agility holiday as thats what my Mum would have wanted. I was also judging at Adams on the second week so I would have had to return for this.
It was nice to have a distraction but Boo was dire and I was being totally rubbish at handling. I didnt have one clear round in 10 days :-( My mind wasn't in the right place, I was just going through the motions really.

On the day off on our second week at Adams we hired a ring again and all the youngsters who train together had a little play in the ring doing bits and pieces.
Pixel actually was quite good ( in between the barking )
Then once I had set up my course for judging I also tried Pixel on sections of this too. Laura also tried to run her and she now realises the struggle I am having. She really is HARD work. Mega fast and keen but still spends far too much time arguing :-(

When we got home I decided as she is almost 17 months old and plenty old enough I would start to jump her over medium height jumps.
She was officially measured whilst we were away and as expected she is definitely medium :-)

So on her last 2 sessions she's jumped medium and I think she is much better. The fact she has to actually "think" rather than just run as fast as she can is definitely helping :-)

So below are 4 videos of her. In the hired ring. Doing parts of my jumping course and then today in my field over medium jumps and some weaving .
I have also made the decision to re train a stopped contact on her dog walk. I now fully realise she is just going to be tooooo fast for me to control a running dog walk :-( I have loved the thrill of training the running, and I will still do a running A-Frame. But I am just not young or fit enough to do the run on the Dog Walk. I will probably regret it , but I have to make the decision now as the opportunities for training are getting less with nights drawing in. I can do parts of the re train in my lounge again as I did with the running. She's a bright cookie so I know she will cotton on quickly.

I have resumed some training on her weaves and I am doing a mixture of 2 x 2 and Channels. Hoping to order some new weaves soon to help with this process :-)
So I am beginning to think that Maybe...just maybe we are getting there slowly :-)







Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sad times

I know this blog is about my dogs but I had to do a little tribute to my wonderful Mum who passed away 2 weeks ago on the 12th August. Without her love of dogs, and always having a house full of dogs whist I grew up ,my love of dogs may never have happened ?

Mum was 94 years of age and a truly remarkable woman who up till 2 years ago was still walking her own dog for 2-3 miles a day. At the tender age of 80 she took up dog agility with her Border Collie. They never competed but she enjoyed the challenge of training  Frazer.

My heart is broken but I have such wonderful memories.





Saturday, August 06, 2016

New Spacing

Well the recommendation is in for the new spacing for equipment in courses. Its been proposed to be a "minimum" 5m between all obstacles. Its yet has to be finalised and passed but I think that is just a formality.
At first I held my hands up in horror and thought this would be the end for me. It looked a vast distance when I measured my lounge !! I just couldn't imagine being being able to run between those sort of distances especially with Pixel.  I have to admit to being a bit doom and gloom initially.
But today I went out with the tape measure and measured a little exercise exactly with 5 m distance and 7 m to the tunnels. After a few attempts I was pleasantly surprised that I could actually manage it ok. I am under no illusion though that some courses will be set bigger and harder, but it will mean I will just have to train harder too
Here is a little video. I dont know why the quality is a bit poor as I took it with the same camera and uploaded it exactly the same ...hey ho it still shows what was achieved :-)

Monday, August 01, 2016

Little Steps :-)

I am cautiously optimistic at Pixels progress. I set up and exercise today that once again I am going to do in my classes tomorrow which needed her to really focus forward all the time. I put in more movement and below is the result :-)