Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend

We traveled to NJ this past Thanksgiving weekend for a three-day AKC trial. Cosi was terrific in his FAST runs and took first place on Friday and Saturday. We Q'd in Standard on Friday and Sunday. No jumpers Q's this time. Bummer. I had my heart set on getting a QQ over the three days. A highlight came on Sunday when Riot came in first and Cosi came in fourth. The RyLadd dogs sandwiched Maureen's two shelties. It was a 4-Sheltie finish! Shelties rule the 16" class!

Another highlight of the trial weekend was Dixie. What a great little traveler she is! Her first hotel experience, her first trial, her first exposure to lots of noise, dogs, and strangers--she sailed through it all with flying colors. We sat ringside, and she watched the action, alert and eager to take it all in. She was quiet in the hotel room, and braved the cold and wind when we went for a walk around the hotel grounds. A lot of people at the trial ooo'd and ahhh'd over her. She was the belle of the ball.

Here are some youtube video links for our runs this weekend:

FAST (first place) on 11/23

FAST (first place finish) on 11/24.

Standard on Sunday where Riot came in 1st and we took 4th.

Some pictures from the weekend:

Dixie finds the hotel bed quite comfortable, thank you very much. Here she is resting with Mike:

Dixie got a new toy at the vendor at the trial. It's fuzzy with fringe on the end, perfect for little puppy teeth to grab onto and tug! Here we are playing in the hotel room:

At the setup, Dixie visits Uncle Cosi at his crate then says hello to Heather and Jordan, Trax's family (Cosi's brother) next door. It was a mini-RyLadd reunion!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Big Girl Steps - Dixie's Training

Dixie is a work in progress! She is showing me understanding of rules, especially the self-control rules. For example, I opened a container of treats that were on the floor. She ran over to investigate. I covered the container with my fingers. She backed up and sat. What a good choice!

Her walking on leash is improving with every walk. At first she fought the harness and pulled away from the tension of the leash. Now she knows she can take the tension away by coming closer to me. Today she walked on leash right next to me.

We're playing more Crate Games, working more on the "break" release command. And--this is huge to me--she is tugging. Today she played tug with me at a new place. Excellent!

Cosi is back from being on the DL for two weeks. He had an appointment with a physical therapist this weekend, and the PT pronounced him 100 percent. We had a great practice on Sunday and tomorrow we have an agility lesson. Tuesday we practice again, all in preparation for a three-day trial this holiday weekend.

Jenny is hurting. Her shoulder has tendonitis; sometimes she is a three-legged dog, holding the leg out to keep from putting pressure on the shoulder as she walks. Other than that, she is bright as a penny.

Mike has a new howling partner. Apparently Dixie likes to chime in when he starts. The girl has pipes. Mike also has a new playmate in Dixie. His favorite game of "Chase me!" is also her favorite game. It's good to see Mike run in the yard with her.

Dixie is now four months old (as of 11/11). She's getting a bit more leg. I love her coat color. It's a light buff color with red top hairs. When the sun shines on it, you can see the variance in shades of sable. So lovely.

Cosi practices sit pretty.

Dixie at Mary's.

Jenny hogs the bed. She's allowed. She's our senior citizen.

Mike has the sweetest expression. Everyone's favorite--that's our Mike.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Joy of Tugging

Dixie has discovered the joy of tugging. We've gotten some wonderful toys as gifts. Her new favorites are the Monkey Man and the Starfish and the braided fleece/fur toy. I tried to capture her tugging with my phone camera. Not too great a photo, sort of blurry, but you get the idea. ;)

Take *that* you monkey-man!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Great Trick

Now *this* is a great trick to teach your dog...swearing on the "Bible":

Anna, I'm seeing Aurora's next party trick! Get training!

Monday, November 5, 2012

So Many Games...So Little Time

The good news is that Dixie is very smart. When we play games, she figures them out very quickly.

The bad news is that I could spend all day (I wish!) working with her. This going-to-work stuff is hampering my dog training! LOL

Here's a list of games we've been playing:

Puppy Stretches

Crate Games

Impulse Control Game called It's Yer Choice

The Collar Grab game

The I'm Gonna Smoke Ya game which creates drive for the puppy to come.

I want to add more body awareness to the list. Her walking on a leash is improving, but whenever the pack and I stop (for a crosswalk or to make a turn), Dixie feels like she has to make a h-u-g-e circle around us, coming back to where she started. I'm thinking we need to work on our sit-stay.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Puppy Pictures

I was going through the pictures that Mary sent along with the documentation on Dixie. I loved this picture so much that I wanted to share it. It's Dixie with her grandma, Whimsey (Cosi's dam). The expression on Dixie's face is so intent. It's as though she's waiting for an answer to a very important question. Perhaps, "Will I go to a new home some day?" or "Will I ever get as big as my brother?"

What do you think she is asking?