See that red blur in the foreground? (If you can't make it out, click on the photo to blow it up on a separate web page by zooming in.) That's Cosi chasing a plastic bag when we went lure coursing. My agility instructor has a gorgeous place with lots of places for dogs to run free in fenced in areas. The large field in this picture is where I took Cosi on Sunday to test our recalls. We entered the field together (he wasn't pulling at the end of the leash), and I asked him to sit. I removed his leash, and he looked at me with expectation. I extended my left hand, palm out. He began nose touching as we had practiced so many times. After the third one I yelled, "Good! Go for a run!" and he took off with unabashed glee across the field. I counted to three. I called, "Cos, come!" To my delight, he turned immediately and came running back to me. What a great test of our Brillant Recalls course! What a great dog. =:O)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Here's a photo of Brisco and me right after our championship run. What a glorious day that was. I hope to get a MACH on Cosi as well. Keep your paws crossed!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Susie in earlier times.
My mom's dog, Susie, has not been well. She's been suffering since July with Cushing's disease and an enlarged liver. The meds the vet has been offering are not working, and she goes through these periods of great distress.
Every day on the way home from work, I call my mom and chat about the day's events. Today she used the words "put down" when talking about Susie's condition. This makes me very sad on two levels: Poor Susie's suffering has to be bad for Mom and Dad to decide this. My mother has had a canine companion every since she was 5. Her Irish Setter, Major, was her first babysitter. He wouldn't let her step off the curb. He played hide and seek with mom and her neighborhood friends. She cried on her honeymoon because she missed her cocker spaniel, Shortsnort. My mom is the original dog lover person. I'm sad to think of her without a canine buddy.
Friday, September 17, 2010
We got a Mind Game from a friend, and, boy, do the dogs love it. I'm going to get pictures this weekend of Cosi playing with it. The dogs have to move pieces to get to the treats underneath. Cosi is a whiz at it, pushing objects out of the way and gobbling up the treats. Then he looks at me as if to say, "OK, what else do you have?"
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Be careful what you name your dog!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
On Sunday we had to great runs, but no Q's (dropped bars). I was so excited, though, about how we were running. I even had strangers come up to me and tell me what great runs we're having.
No video from the weekend; I was "flying solo" and didn't take the camera along. Next time. =:O)
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I saw a difference in Cosi this past weekend. He had more focus and didn't get "sky high" when looking at other dogs on course, which is a huge distraction for him. In fact, if you look at our video (see previous post), you'll actually see us get in the ring while the previous dog is finishing! That never happened before because he would be a loon. He walks with me onto the course, not dragging me at the end of the lease. He sits and watches the other dogs, but he didn't bark madly and lunge.
We had 9 runs this weekend, with Cosi staying "in the zone" for all but one run. Yea, Cosi! Growing and learning together. It's all about the journey, right?
Monday, September 6, 2010
We ended up taking second place in this class. The first place dog beat us by only .3 seconds. We both had the same number of points, so it came down to time. How exciting! Lesson Learned: Grab that extra bar on course and get more points. =:O)
My friend Gail had videotaped us with her camera on Saturday (yea, Gail!). So here's one half of our double Q on Saturday in standard:
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The standard course was good, challenging, but nothing short of glorious when we ran it. He hit a wicked weave entry. Then there was a discrimination at the very end which I cued, and he read it perfectly.
On paper the jumpers course was so twisty and had so many turns, I was sure there would be bars down when we ran it. I guess it was my "let's just let it rip" attitude that helped. We just went for it. The best part was that Cosi's daddy, Riot, had run the course just three dogs ahead of us, so Karen and Riot were ringside, watching our run. The fact that she saw us so connected and running well was such a boon--the cherry on my sundae.
I found out that he took first in Excellent A Standard; I didn't wait around for jumpers results today. I'll get his Q ribbon tomorrow.
Where's the video? Oh! Didn't I tell you? I didn't bring the camera today. Isn't that always the way? LOL
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I'll often use the FAST run as a warm up or a "training" run. In the video below, you'll see me make sure Cosi sticks the teeter landing. The day before, he ran off the teeter with barely a stop. We have 35 seconds to complete 15 obstacles and the bonus. I can take the time to "train" certain obstacles, not caring if we Q, place, or win. There's no substitute for the actual ring. I want to be sure he knows that the rules apply here, too, not just in the back yard or at agility class.
Here's the video of our Q in Pittsburg in FAST: