Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I also learned at class last night that a fellow agility competitor we all know in class lost her house in the flood. She and her husband and two golden retrievers got out to safety, but 4 feet of water covered her house. We will have a house shower for her next month to help replenish things such as kitchen items, linens, and food lost in the flood. The agility community is a good one, eh?
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
...you use the dog bowls to fill the dishwasher so you can make a "full" load
...as you channel surf the television, you bypass a documentary about people in favor of a Dogs 101 episode on Animal Planet.
...when there is a dog in the movie and he gets hurt/lost as part of the storyline, all you can think is, "But what happened to the dog?"
...you hate when people snore but when your dog does it, it's "cute."
...you know what a GSD is.
...when car shopping, you only consider cars that you can get a crate in.
...every jacket/coat you own has a poop bag in the pocket.
...you don't remember the person's name, but you know their dogs. As in, "you know, what's-her-name...the one with the goldens?"
Can you think of some others?
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
This was an emotional day for many people. I was watching TV this morning at 8:30 and saw a documentary. It was very well done. It was both movie clips and still photos from people who took images from cell phones or cameras, and you practically re-lived the day. Then I watched a National Geographic Channel special of accounts from survivors. One was a man with a guide dog. To know what they went through...that really got to me.
No matter what the situation--life's trials and tribulations, elations and celebrations--our dogs are there with us. I know that dogs were used to find survivors as well as casualties after the attacks. They were also used as therapy dogs for the many people who needed help as they provided emergency services. Knowing that they played a role in that historic day makes me appreciate the work they do for us every day. Here is an account from someone who helped by making his therapy dog available at ground zero. Click here to read his account.
Friday, September 9, 2011
I was to attend a USDAA trial this weekend, but I still can't get to a main road. I have a 4-day weekend and no trial to go to! What's up with *that*!?
The back yard looked like a lily pond at one point. The doggies and I made it through the worst of it with only a flooded basement. We never lost power or had to evacuate like a lot of people around here. I am grateful for that.
Monday, September 5, 2011
This weekend at the Berks trial I had an opportunity to reinforce that, yes, I am serious about this behavior, and you will do it even at a trial. There are two cues for Cosi. The first is my word "touch" as he approaches the down side of a contact. The second is a physical cue. I put my arms behind my back. He watches me, and I figured I needed a cue to tell him we're not moving. With no arms to guide him to the next obstacle, he is more likely to stay put.
Berks was a three-day trial, and I had in my mind that I was going to use these three standard runs as practice, as money in the bank, towards reinforcing our contacts work. Forget Q's. Forget going fast. I wanted focus, 2o2o contacts, and controled speed. Friday was a nightmare. The beginning of the standard course was tunnel then A-frame. Perfect. A good test of our contact work. He came out of the tunnel, and he was high as a kite. He tried not doing 2o2o, so I had him lie down before going on. My message was, "You *will* stop!" He was frantic and our teamwork just wasn't there.
Saturday was 50 percent better. He tried to bag the first contact, but I waited him out. Bam! He went into the 2o2o position, and I was thrilled. Then he finally did a 2o2o A-frame! I was over the moon.
Sunday's course started with tunnel then dog walk. Good. Another good test of being high from the tunnel then get control on the contact; he nailed it. He did 2o2o for all three contacts and a down on the table. Check out that A-frame! Have you ever seen anything more lovely?!? I messed up with giving him a directional cue of "left" too early on the last sequence on the course. So, like a good dog, he spun, going left. We could have Q'd on the standard course, but, oh, well, next time. I was never more proud of him and our teamwork. Here's the video from Sunday: