We had the most hearty and warm final training in Rallylydnad at Kinds BK today. All the dogs and owners have made a huge progress! So now we know exactly what to work on before our first start. Becca was for the first time sniffing out in the grass, which might have something to do with her finding a quail in our backyard just before the drive over... So we have a bit to work on that is totally new to us ❤️
We might not have a Chesapeake yet, but we can still practice and prepare for one ☺️ Thanks a thousand times Catharina Lindström for this great arrangement and the chance to see so many Chesapeake Bay retrievers at the same time. We will be back tomorrow 😍
I've tried to upload this film, just a part of it or just a glimpse since Friday, but the Weebly app didn't agree with me. But here it is... So we got to work on not looking at the dog during the heeling, just relax while sitting even though the most exciting thing is about to happen and to gallop in with the retrieve.
But first we started working on the rounding of a cone and the out in a straight forward line- so useful to have when we work on the other three parts, to make patterns and chains of sequences.
And we've been doing some water work during the weekend and she is learning how to dive in to the water!
Becca, well she was a bit off, it feels like when she started getting trouble with her wrist... Laying down goes slowly, when jumping it's always with the right foot first and so on. So no pressure, just stability in old knowledge and an warming wrap around that left wrist.
The water retrieves has been fun to see, how she grows with every climb in from the bridge and new experience in new surroundings.
Ebba, well she's been working with the combination of sit-stay-out-here through waiting while I put a treat on something 1-7 meters in front of her, walk back, get eye contact and are allowed to go with the out command and then is called back with a here command. Hindquarter control, heel and the three main commands sit-stand-lay down is in her schedule.
And water was not that scary as she decided to make a shortcut and dive from the bridge and swim to the shore where I was standing. I guess that the glittery floor being so very wet was a surprise though 😂
We are taking this gorgeous little girl for her first official show next weekend. Thank you Pernilla for keeping her in perfect condition and giving her a super life ❤️
Yesterday was Rallylydnad's class and Becca was not herself at all, it might have to do with us focusing on traditional obedience during our training the last days and my body being driven over by and unforgiving owner. When you have chronic pain it might be wise to listen to your body once in a while, just a little 📝 to myself...
So I did let both Iza and Ebba try it and Iza was able to do those left 270 degrees turns trotting, and I was asked how I've thought her those. And honestly I have nit done anything extraordinary, it's just a thing she loves to do. It's like a reward to her...
Ebba, well if you don't mind walking around doubled folded, she does great. Throwing herself to the ground in the laying down and drawing blood when she tries to sneak the treats out of my fingers. I'm looking forward to tooth changing 😜
Oh and her retrieving, we have focused on light weight things and putting them into my hand this week (she carries Martins working shoes with steel toes if she wants to, but that's a different story) and she has actually started to know the word retrieve.
Tomorrow's an unofficial obedience competition for Becca and Iza and I have no expectations at all as it's the first time in a new arena, we went from +10 to + 26 over night and I've been so unfocused and in way too much pain lately.
Finally I'll put some quite pictures up and then reload for trimming Edda for the upcoming show next weekend. Oh and we received the numbers for the 3 day show in Norrkoping 6 Braccos and 2 Brittany's... See you there Kicki, it's just you and me or Iza and Indra - at least we know that we will enjoy each other's company ❤️
Yesterday was meeting up with the obedience group, for the first time after the class ended. I brought both Becca and Iza and warmed up with building a and old Rallylydnad's competition that I found online. The rally turned out to be more or less in slow speed for half of the time and the tricky thing was to actually remember to slow walk in between the signs! Rallylydnad is a great way for me to get the dogs positive and on their toes, you never correct your dog, just make a repetition until it works and reward. I guess that is th perfect way for any dog and any human to train, learn and live 😍
Then Becca and I got help through the motions of beginners class in obedience, well at least that was the intention. I could tell that a young girl and a pick nick bag was quite a big distraction for us! Well we all got ourselves a great laugh and Becca was pleased with her actions, what a judge would have thought doesn't really matter at the time. One interesting thing is that if Becca is 100% sure what to do she chooses to laying down!!! Never thought she would become one of those dogs 😃
Then we took a break and after that I helped a fellow 'student' with her dog, who obviously had got such a good grip of what we have been working on that we needed to step up our game to keep her attention and focus if she shouldn't be starting to wander off in thoughts. Interesting to watch and one could really have the use of a pair or eyes in the back of once head. As you often could see in the dogs way to walk what was about to happen in the next three steps and that the reward or correction needed to come so much earlier than you can give it when you can't see behind you. I really need to start to use the mirrors much more from now on!
Iza was more on her toes than ever, trying to second guess my every move and to do what ever can be asked before it is asked. So I need to learn how to deep breath and yawn a lot in between the different motions and not to do this program more. We can do parts of it, but not in a linked chain, as she will try to plan ahead then 😉
Ebba? Well Wednesdays are spa days so she had a bath, tried out our new 'blaster' / hair dryer which made drying her super easy, and son training of course. Iza got to try the blaster as well, I will not pretend that she loved it, but compared to wear a blanket it's okay by her opinion 😉
Today we'll work indoors, my body doesn't need this weather and is a pain in the butt in every way possible 😜
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...