Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Cosi is the most amazing dog. We travel well together, we hang out well together, and we run together and have fun. Next year Cosi will be 8 years old. We will make an appearance at AKC Nationals in March. My hope is to bring home a Q ribbon from Nationals. We've had a very busy agility season this fall. From September to December we went to 10 trials. Our Q rate has been less than impressive. I don't know if it's a hold over from my many successes with Brisco, but I don't feel that Cosi and I will ever reach that level of teamwork where we can Q on a regular basis. When we do Q, we place, which is nice. I despair of getting a MACH with this dog. We have 1300+ points (you need 750) but only 8 QQ's (you need 20). I despair of ever getting into double digits with QQ's. Thus, I'm thinking that next year I will back off the agility schedule to local trials. It's not worth the money of hotels and trial entry fees to keep failing. I don't have the speed and skills needed to make this dog successful. I've always felt that with a better (maybe younger?) handler, Cosi would be MACH 10 by now.
I close this blog with a heartfelt wish of a Merry Christmas to all and many blessings in the new year.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I have been working jumping foundation skills with Cosi. With Judy Kolva's help, I've devised some exercises to cue him for turning better. With two first place placements in jumpers last weekend, I'd say it's working!
I had a very nice compliment last weekend. A fellow competitor--also a Sheltie person--came up to me after our FAST run. Cosi and I were eating our breakfast sandwich (thinking of you, Anna!). She patted Cosi's head and said, "Can I just say how much I love this dog?" I was stunned. Wow. What a lovely thing to say. I stuttered a reply, but really took the compliment to heart. I know I love him, but to have a fellow competitor appreciate his skill and joy of running--that really meant a lot to me.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The courses were a blast to run. Here are the standard and jumpers courses from Saturday:
Jumpers (came in first!)
On Sunday we Q'd in standard and took first--Wow! In jumpers there was tunnel, jump, tunnel. And, as I feared, the jump between the two tunnels came down. But he put down a blazing run at 26 seconds. I'm thrilled with our teamwork and how aggressively we are running. Fun stuff.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Then, best news of all, she is opening the Puppy Peaks on-line class again. This class, by far, was the BEST on-line class I have taken. I had heard all her phrases and ideas, but this class put it all together for me. The Ah-ha moments were coming thick and fast every week. Such as, "Oh! THAT's what it means to redirect!" or "See? That's the problem I have too! What's she going to do to work through it?" Her videos of raising puppy Swagger, now two years old, were so valuable. The BEST ones were when things didn't go as planned. I learned so much about mechanics, timing, and rate of reinforcement. I felt empowered and armed with a "bag of tricks" that I could pull out a game or a plan to help my puppy Dixie overcome an issue such as meeting strangers.
As the movie critics on TV say, I would give this video series a two-thumbs-up rating. And if you have an opportunity to enroll in Puppy Peaks, you will reap many rewards. Go for it!
Here is the link for her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SusanGarrettDogAgility?fref=ts