torek, 22. julij 2008


More hiking photos from this Sunday:

We're going hiking again for the whole day on Saturday. I hope I'll be able to post some photos on the blog before I leave for the specialty.
I also ordered a new crate for Wi and a new sleeping mat. I'll pick everything up at Wi's breeder. We also got some new toys from England and Germany in the last few days. Cuz toys (Ruffians) rock!!! The Bear Cuz must be Wi's favorite toy so far. She also likes her Tug-A-Jug, but she's still moving around the house too much while she plays with it (and bangs it on the floor and walls).

I'm also really happy with Wi's obedience training. Her heeling is really almost like I want it to be. She still needs to learn how to keep the same style of heeling (she looks like a marching horse) even if a go at a slower pace or in new environment. I'll try to practice heeling everywhere we will stop along the way (we will be driving for 3 days one way (Slovenia-Sweden) so I'm sure we'll have lots of opportunities to train.
In obedience we're in the first group and we're on 4th. I finally know which exercises there are (Thanks Fanny!!!) and except for the teeth examination (she might jerk her head if she won't be able to have eye contact with me) I'm feeling really confident that she will do all the exercises really well.

I also have some new videos of Wi's running contacts. I just can't find enough time to put them all together tough. Maybe today in the evening... but they're really looking good and she's 100% on them when in straight line. We haven't done any turning after the dog-walk yet. But we're now training various crosses and right now she's making her contacts no matter where I make a cross (before or behind). She drives forward very nicely and now I'm doing 2 contacts in a row (jump, contact, cik/cak on the jump, contact, reward). Her cik/cak after the contact are really nice. I hope I have some of them taped.

petek, 11. julij 2008


Yesterday we went hikind again. This time we went to Ratitovec.
The dogs enjoyed the hike as always. Wi and Amelie had their crazy moments again...

Last Saturday we were at our 2nd agility competition. In agility we got 15 penalty points and were 16th in that run. This time Wi was running with a lot more confidence than before and she also did the teeter with minimum hasitation. She found the weave entry but I moved away too soon so she pop-up. When I went back to repeat it I blocked her the entry so she missed it but then I let her find it all by herself and she got it. The A-frame was good and fast. When we got to the tunnel I moved to fast again and she didn't get in (I always forget she doesn't pull on obstacles at all in trials). The dog-walk beggining was slow but she gathered speed fast and made a really nice cntact at the bottom.
In jumping we were disq. becouse I got her so crazed up by her toy she ran out of the ring to get it.
Another lesson learned.

Lately I've been working on her jumping a lot since I don't like her jumping style at all. So today we did some jumping grids on lowered jumps and she did really well.
We also did some running contacts on dog-walk. I also timed them and they were 1.6-1.4 s.

I got my Clean Run issues today (Jan 08-Jul 08) so now I have a lot of new ideas and I can't wait to try them.

petek, 04. julij 2008

New guests

Meet Pufi and Ula:

They'll be staying with me for about 3 weeks. Wi likes them very much but I don't let her play with them 'cuz she keeps slaping them with her paws. She can lick them tough.

This morning I made Wi some PVC pipe toys (I put together some PVC pips of diffrent shapes and placed kibble in them). She figured out most of them already but once I turn one part around she gets to figure thing ut all over again. But she's having a blast. She even knows which pipe can easly be separated from others and she uses this to get faster to the kibble.

I have a new lens. Nothing fancy...but better for dog photos than 18-55.