Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
this is the Grade 4-5 Agility course (just a draft from what I can remember)
My worried was the #5, #6, #7, #8 bit. I know I can trust Saturn to find the weave, so I challenged myself to turn him in between #5 and #6, then push him to take #7 and asked him to weave. He did that beautifully. His only problem was the contacts. First, he ping off the dog walk, then he ran passed the see-saw and A Frame! With Sing, I did a front cross after #6, so that give me a better position to stay behind #7 to send him into weave. He is not a great weaver so I have to watch him but somehow on Sunday, he kept pulling out from the 10th pole (both in agility and jumping) and that gave us the two e'd!
I being very stupidly handled Saturn in the Jumping class. He should do well in that course but I was moving when I sent him into the weave, so he went in the 2nd pole but I carried on and that gave us the e'd. It wasn't a difficult weave entry but I was being too careless. I am hoping to do more UKA shows this year to improve Saturn's contacts.
Back to little Sizzle. My long waiting custom made hit-it board arrived today! I was a bit disappointed with it, the size and colour is perfect but the beep isn't working too well for Sizzle. I remembered on the CleanRun website, there is a section you need to fill in was "how heavy is your dog", so when I emailed NoseTouch, I told Mary Lou that the weight is between 4.2kg (Sizzle was 4.2kg when I ordered the board, now 4.5kg) to 8.6kg (Sing's weight). I know nothing about the mechanism, but when I put Sing on the board, it beep but when I put Sizzle ON it, it doesn't beep at all, so I try running Sizzle on it and it doesn't beep either!! I guess the board needs a bit of a loosen job?
We have tried out the new hit-it board, after a couple of months break from the Dog Walk, he is keener than ever, so here we go ...
woohoo ... I am flying!
I think he starting to get the idea, I put the toy further from the contact and that is so much better.
I will keep experimenting for the next couple of days to see what outcome I have so I can fix up the training method.
small note on our weave: we are still working on our entries and I have also tried different combinations of things, one thing I am glad with is when he weaves, he is always put his head down and focus.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
The above video was taken after class. He was weaving on the lead for the first couple of times, he wasn't speeding through but Eleanor and me were confident enough to let him weave off lead and he did it beautifully. I am a happy bunny!! Can you believe this little guy can't weave at all before last Friday?
Monday, April 06, 2009
We got home from Flyball around 6:30 and it was still daylight, so we got to play with the other dogs in the garden. We then tried to have an early night for an early start for Sunday but as you guess, we never do as planned! We didn't get to bed til 11:00. We woke up at 5:00 and get ready to go to the long waiting Sheltie Agility Show.
Friday, April 03, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Sizzle's birthday pressies from mummy and daddy
and this big bacon joint! Yummy!
here are some photos from Sizzle's birthday walk:
Sizzle way of catching the ball in the air!
big brother Sing shows him how to catch the ball in the air
he is as good as Sing and jumping higher than Sing with his light springy body!
sorry for this bad photogrpahy, you cannot expect me to take a good photo while throwing at the same time!! I like this photo eventhough is headless