petek, 28. marec 2008

Not my week

This week has been almost nothing but one downfall after another.

On Monday out agility training was cancelled due to snow, on Wednesday I tought it's going to rain so I didn't go to Bohinj. Guess was sunny!
Yesterday I planned to go to Ajdovščina for a bit of agility training (Wi would get a chance to practice on a unknown dog-walk, teeter, a-frame and weaves) but I got sick. Also our walk to school on Golovec was canceled due to rain.
And today I'm still not feeling fit and healthy and it's raining again.

So much for all the plans I had for this week.

sreda, 26. marec 2008

Some health results

Both hips have 104° angle

ED: 0/0

nedelja, 23. marec 2008

Snow for Easter

That's right. Yesterday it was snowing all day in Ljubljana. The dogs were happy about this since snowball are one of their biggest passions.

SLR registry
On Friday I got Wi's pedigree back from KZS (Slovenian Kennel Club). Wi is now registred as the first Toller in Slovenia.
Mic Mac Hunter's Eyvwiin: SLRNSR - 000001

Last week I read a book about clicker training and it had some more info on targeting (stick, mat, chin, pawsetc.). Untill some weeks ago I didn't give much on target training since I didn't know that much about it but since then I started to use it more often and I'm really surprised at how many things you can learn with this. Right now I'm teaching her with target mat (a bathroom rug) the "front" position for Canine Freestyle.
Here's a training video of Wi and her target mat:

I'll try to tape our other trainings too. Since I'll be home almost all week I'll have plenty of time to do it.

And...Wi's getting her hips and elbows X-rayed in 2 days. I'm really interested what the results will be.

ponedeljek, 17. marec 2008

PC problems

Yeah I had some PC problems over the last weeks but hopefully they're over now.

I managed to send Wi's pedigree to KZS. Hopefully we'll get it back soon (and see which number she has).

Here's a video mix of Wi's agility training last week (club and home):

This was the first time she did an obstacle after the DW. She did slow down a bit at first but after every try she slowed down less and she again got more and more confident and started to hit the contact lower.
Now if we could only do something with our teeter problem...

There was a charity run in Ljubjana yesterday called Repkov tek. Me and WI didn't run but we did a bit of trick showing during agility and trick presentation of KD Krim. Except for the fact she got a bit overexcited and when she started hiding her eyes under her paw I couldn't stop her, she did great. There was a lot of dogs around and people but she didn't seem to care about them at all. Even when we played afterwards and I was throwing her ball near people she payed them no attention.

And...2 more months untill our 1st agility competition!!!

ponedeljek, 10. marec 2008

Bad, bad Polona

I'm really bad at uploading sometimes...

I'm getting through all my school work and learning and training both dogs. So far everything is a bit of a chaos but we're getting through.

Everything is still more or less mud, mud and more mud.
We didn't do much contact work in a while and judging by the weather conditions we won't be able to do it for at least a few more days. We did however train some jumping courses with slalom and jumps at 55 cm!!! I was really proud at her. The jumps didn't give her any problems, she just flew over them and she managed to find slalom entrances every time no matter from which direction I sent her in.

Retriever training
Some more photos of our trainings with stuffed rabbit and pheasant and a real duck (fresh):

How did she do?
Better than I expected.
We still have problems with water entries. If she sees a way to get closer to the duck on land she'll go there. She doesn't go directly in the water except if she already found out that there isn't an entries way in.
And she realized relatively fast where to grab the duck. At first she grabbed it by the tail but all she was left with were feathers, she quickly rethought her idea of grabbing it by the legs and when carrying by the wing didn't prove successful too she finally grabbed it right.

Today I decided I'll start clicking for every time she nicely jumps in the air after the every time. SO far she showed a bit of improvement in frequency of jump-catches and her jumping style actually got a lot better (and safer!!!)
We didn't do frisbee in a while now since the weather wasn't nice (rain and wind) so today we did mostly indoor throwing and some rollers/short throws outside the house.
I'm really looking forward to our frisbee seminar in April.

We learned a new trick. Hopefully I'll manage to tape it soon (or just put the one I made with my mobile camera on here) and I'll start recording our clicker sessions (left feet up, covering her head) again. We didn't do any of this after last blog entry and we did something else instead.

Some photos from our yesterday's trip to Sv. Primož:
Photos by Lenka