The plan for the weekend was to work hard on Friday, so that we could do a field training and board meeting on Saturday and go for a Brittany training
and build runs for the partridge on Sunday, but...
Friday morning came without any WiFi, so working was out of the question. Well I definitely tried my best, but I found myself focusing on the obedience class from Thursday and the passive contact parts. and we celebrated Izas birthday with a sausage and liver pate cake, it looked a bit suspicious though! 🙈☺️
Saturdaymorning arrived and after poring a cup of tea over our eldest daughters arm that day was spent in the emergency 🚨So we did some more passive and active contact work and trimmed Iza's paws for next weekend. Yes she will heal, she is in no pain but her whole arm is a big burn, but just two blisters on the inside of her arm, though she burned her shoulder the worst... 😷😬😳
Sundaymorning the bandages had slipped down Leontines arm so we went to the emergency 🚨 again and got it rewrapped. Then we went to Biltema and bought a long leash, cones and a bag for the training equipment. The long leash is for when we start the real game training with Iza, but naturally I bought the wrong one and now own 200 meters of elastics 😆
Then we went for some field training, and Iza was so unfocused and I felt like pulling my hair! And then all of a sudden everything clicks and I can stop her, with just voice and commands from following a hare trail and later on from a radeer. Oh how blessed I felt when it all just flow! ☺️☺️☺️
The afternoon was spent with working through the first steps in Eva Bodfalts Dancing with dogs.
That you can read here: http://www.evabodfaldt.com/new-page-21. Heel = eye contact You have the dog in a sitting position, stand on the right side of the dog.
Have a treat either in your mouth or your left hand.
Wait for contact, say heel and give the treat, still sitting.
Repeat twice, than make a break and play with the dog.
2. HEEL = "the swing"Repeat the first part but you ad a swinging moment, when you go from a steady standing to an soft swing movement up on the balls of your feet.
When the dog remains seated and just follow you with the eyes, you reward it with the Heel command and a treat. Repeat twice, than make a break and play with the dog!
3. The first step Repeat the second step and take a step forward, reward as soon as it moves the rear while remaining in contact.
4. HALTDo as above but instead of rewarding the start you halt after a half step with both feet parallel and reward. The halt is made to make the dog focuse on the sitting. If you need you can add a sit command there and reward.
5. Heel + the game of tagging It's like playing the game 'tag' and as soon as the dog is in the right position to your left you add the command HEEL and reward the dog. Then you add Halt to the game.
That is the parts we are working on. Getting a quick response in any foot movements and a quick sitting when I stop. Becca is fast in starting but not sure in position, Iza knows where the right position is and can correct it if not perfect from the beginning, but she is slow in start as I'm not supposed to use any command in the start and that is to break the rule of not taking any initiative on your own. So I will have to add a heel or something else at the start if I want to be able to keep her obeying that rule of ours...
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...