LOL, I have a lot to say. This morning, I can actually spend a little bit of time on the computer.
The weather outside is terrible, foggy, drizzle, wet, muddy, miserable ... big boys and little ones are very angry that they can't get out to play! Normally, I am quite happy to walk the dogs in any weather but not today. Sing's paws are improving a lot and I do not want to get them soak in this weather. Although he still wear is rubber boots when we go out walking but this is just too much. Also, Sonic "injured" himself before training yesterday. We don't know what happened. I was playing with him with his red rubber hoop ball to warm him up and suddenly, he just stood still and lift up his front left leg. He would not put his paw down. We've checked his pad and can't find anything. At first, I thought he might have stand on something like thistle/stingy nettle type of things ... but he just would not put any pressure on his paw. I came home and bath it with warm salty water, he was extremely quiet and withdrawn all day yesterday. His paw is looking ok this morning, finger crossed no muscle/joint injury. I am keeping my eye on him, if I don't feel like he is doing good, he will be off to the vet later. Oh dear!
We had some very nice weather in the last few days, sunny and warm. We've been outside most of the time enjoying the sun and get to play agility a bit. The puppies got so excited watching me running the big boys, I am sure they want to join in as well :)
I set up a course from the Clean Run course book to practice, OMG! Did I choose the hardest or lack of practice? Both Sizzle and Sonic took many times to get everything right :) I was a bit demotivated failure after failure, I really can't figure it what went wrong? Did I set the angle of the course wrong? Or it is because the boys were naughty? They both missed the weave entry (maybe I over pushing it? maybe I didn't help him enough? ...). Sizzle is my best distance handling dog but he refuse to "go out". The worst part was they kept taking the wrong jump up to the see-saw! Oh dear dear dear! But, I have to say, after we put everything together, it was very rewarding that we can do the course :)
This is Sizzle running the course:
I am getting a bit concerned about my little man, he didn't look like he is extending his back legs at all. It is very obvious on the AF, DW, SS that he took little little steps instead of extend himself. He hasn't been doing a lot, no training, no exercise, no ball playing, just plain walk. I am getting very frustrated especially the season is about to start!
And this is Sonic's version jumping on the Toy height:
I train him at different heights, Toy, Small and Medium. If I were to train him for half an hour solid, I normally put the jump down to Toy or Small height so he didn't get too tired. Obviously, if he has to jump lower, he is much faster and I have to run fast as well. I think it is good training for me. If I can't get there, I have to use my verbal command which is also good to teach him to work independently. Since we have the equipment out and practice, his ability to work away from me has improve :)
I am really looking forward to the new agility season, I know I am missing it. For now, I just hope that both Sizzle and Sonic are well and getting ready for the challenge.
Well, on to the puppies news ... there is only ONE word to describe them all MISCHIEVOUS! Sometimes I get a bit tired run/chase after them but raising puppies is always rewarding. I love to see them grow into confident little dog. It is hard work to raise a litter, I like to give them everything I can to socialise them. This week, they have the opportunity to explore the outside world a bit further :) They've travel in the car to Solihull to have their eyes tested and good news is all pups are CLEAR! They've also get to go to supermarket carpark to watch the trolley and shoppers.
They've also get to meet the ponies as well ...
WHO loves the ponies the most?
Rae: I do :)
This is a brand new week for the puppies, they all got introduce to Clicker Training. OMG! After the first introduction session, I have no fingers left! They are all so keen and tried to chew my finger off. I guess my fingers must taste very livery :)
These puppies are very bright and crazy, they run around like lunatic, attacking each other. Everytime I throw them a new toy, they quickly accepted it and thought they are amazing toy, but they are only like empty toilet roll, wine cork, boxed, socks ...
Ouch! My bum! Storm after Rae's bum :)
Storm and Rae
little Rae of Sunshine
Mr cutie pie Spirit
big pushy boy Storm
Storm after the ball
Miss Feisty Isla :)
Storm and daddy
Oops! Puppies are up screaming, gotto go!