First out is the Bracco Italiano
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Epagneul Breton / Brittany
The American Cocker Spaniel
When you take your dog for a session to work on the pattern in larger fields and find her flushing and running off into the horizon.
Well at least the pattern and search where good 🙈😅🙈🙈🙈
About a year ago we made a plan to co own an American Cocker with Marie-Louise Arvidsson. The plan from the beginning was a male import. But then Ebba came into our kennel and they both met at the show in Norrkoping in June. And Marie-Louise mentioned that she could take the Fluffy little piece with her home.
As Ebba has grown into my dog, not our daughters as the plan was, and Hagel has become our daughters dog instead.
We had to have the talk. To put, not our feelings or wanting first, but Ebba's feelings and needs. So what is best for Ebba, being number one or coming second? Well the choice was not hard at all then.
So from now on Ebba live with 4 Perser cats and two gorgeous Shih tzu's and Marie-Louise, just like Asta our first bred American cocker show champion did. We are looking so much forward to this cowork. Thanks a thousand times for the honour to do this ❤️
It's not every month you find your dog or breeding mentioned in the dog magazines. But yesterday was a nice surprise with 'Iza'' Patouche Mirabelle in Hundsport and the mentioning of the Swedish Championship winners of field tracking through the years in Apportoren. With Goldflames's Octan Girl and her sister, through Su(U)ch Eastriding Versace, Pygmalias Baerglaerka as two of the winners. One gets a bit nostalgic at the mention of those dogs ❤️
Today's exercise (adding to the short signal and goose retrieving adapted to the size of the dog) is walking over a standing, sitting, or dog who is laying down. Walikng over your dog from behind, I think most dogs are comfortable with that procedure. Most dogs feel quite protected while standing or sitting between your legs, which can be very useful when you find yourself in a situation when the dog is forced to endure something scary. For example, walking between the legs is easier than by the side, which actually surprised me in the beginning.
But walking over a dog that lies without it releasing the position and moving afterwards (stress release) is a project.
So now on the question who do you think was the most comfortable in this project?
Dagens övning (utöver kort pip-signal och gås-apportering, den sista anpassad till hundens storlek) är att gå över en stående, sittande eller liggande hund. Processen när du går över hunden och börjar bakifrån (bredbent) tror jag att de flesta hundar är bekväma med det. De flesta hundar känner sig ganska skyddade när de står eller sitter mellan benen på sin ägare, vilket kan vara mycket användbart när du befinner dig i en situation när hunden tvingas uthärda något obehagligt. Till exempel är det lättare att gå mellan benen än vid sidan, vilket faktiskt överraskade mig i början.
Men att gå över en hund framifrån, en hund som ligger ner, utan att den frigör sig ur positionen och flyttar sig efteråt (stressfrisättning) det är ett annat projekt. Så nu är frågan om vem du tro var den mest bekväma i det här projektet?
Not the most awesome of weather or results, but pretty pleased with our 13th best of breed and 3rd CACIB with Iza today in Eslov.
And while I spent time running in the mud Martin judged 29 English Springer Spaniels and fell in love with
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Project 'Eye contact' on tiny whistle signal
We started off in the bathroom bringing:
And a toy
The hard thing when doing this so late into the training of these dogs is that they will probably misunderstand it and think of it as either a short sit signal, a stop signal, a heel signal or a No signal. If you do it with a young puppy you will have a 'pre signal' which it is supposed to. A signal that says, look at me and then you give the command. I would like to be able to, with out stopping the dog, feed it with more information. Like if it's going out and I want it just a little bit more to the left or right. Or when searching, add a bush or space to what it's working with. I just want eye contact and nothing more.
But it is not easy when the dog is 4 years old to add a signal all of a sudden.
So if I start with how I did with Hagel and go on.
First I just sat silent and waited for her to take eye contact, then I blew a tiny whistle signal, clicked her and rewarded. The risk there is that she will start to think of it as a clicker, and a clicker makes your dog look at the hand with treats. That's the whole point with a clicker, to be a reward signal.
As soon as she looked away, I made the whistle sound, and as soon as she made eye contact I clicked and rewarded. She soon started to keep eye contact all the time.
So I threw a treat on the floor and when she was about to take it, I covered it with my foot. Waited for eye contact, click and reward. And now she thought it was a NO...
So I played with a toy and every now and then blew the short whistle signal, waited for eye contact and rewarded that. Now she thought it was a retrieve signal...
So we went outdoors and when ever I whistled this short signal and she took eye contact, I rewarded her, and now she began to walk up on my right side and thought it was a signal for heel.
So I definitely should have begun with this signal before I began anything else... Well the next time I will get it right, I will try at least 🙈🙈🙈
Yes I am working with all the dogs Ebba thinks of it as a sit signal. Iza thinks of it as The new morse code alphabet. To Becca it's definitely a signal for "go for it" or at least she still has hope for such a signal 🤣🤣🤣
I don't know if you wake up in the middle of the night and have been struck with a clearing?
Well I guess it just got clear for me that I made a huge mistake while training our dogs...
I should have started with this before they reached the age of 12 weeks and worked like mad with this signal during the off season.
In obedience training I put hours of exercise in reversed temptation and for rewarding just simple eye contact, but I have totally forgotten to make the short single little sound of a whistle to a reflex for the dog to make the same.
Now you know what I will try to make up for the next week, month, year... 🙈🙈🙈
I officially declare myself as an total idiot!
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...