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#1 CptJack

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 07:23 PM

 

This is a club practice.  This is also the second time she's seen more than a few obstacles together. Lots and lots of things to learn, lots of green/baby dog stuff in there and errors on my end compounded by that tug, but as a starting place? I'll take it.


Particularly since she was relaxed, happy, playing, glad to be there and *friendly* with both dogs and people. 

 

Obstacle focus, discriminations, weave entries, my timing, and all sorts of other things on both our parts will come, now that we can get out there and work together.



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 09:39 PM

Too bad neither one of you are enjoying yourselves . . .

 

Great fun to watch - thanks for posting this.

 

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 09:41 PM

Too bad neither one of you are enjoying yourselves . . .

 

Great fun to watch - thanks for posting this.

 

Ruth and Gibbs

 

I know, right?  She just looks totally miserable :P

 

(Thank you!)



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 04:30 AM

Oh, and with my trainer's blessing and lack of concern, Molly will be running a few runs one day  in our Halloween weekend trial.  It's home turf, familiar people and familiar dogs.  No expectation of success mind, just happy ring experience.  I'm basically treating it like a show and go, since the actual show and go is happening in the middle of a large event and I think that's just too much for her. 

 

Should be FUN.  LOL.  



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 08:37 AM

Very nice :)


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Posted 22 September 2016 - 09:32 PM

Another club practice tonight and I am a wee bit amazed at how *fast* things are coming together.  I really think the two YEARS we worked on basic things at home, while we were dealing with reactivity issues have really helped.  This was her third club practice and we had a clean jumpers run - novice of course, but clean and fast - with more turns than previous weeks.   She also brought her discrimination skills and the really solid contacts we see at home, this time. 

 

The best thing though, is that she lit up in a positive, happy, excited way when we turned onto the road to the field, and she was totally at ease while we were there - like sincerely happy and relaxed all evening (okay, she got agitated while I ran little dog, but otherwise- nope, flopped out, rolled around on her back, and was wiggly, bouncy, good).   She's not doing it for me, in spite of stress.  She's having a good time.  That?  Is the gold standard for me.  

And also necessary for me to continue. 



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:08 AM

I think that you will find (are finding) that having a dog that performs for love of the activity (intrinsic reward) rather than an extrinsic reward is a game changer. 



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:46 AM

It's different.


Kylie really does love agility, a lot, but she loves it because it's a game she plays with me. At heart, Kylie's a fluffy little lapdog who is by and large driven by a desire to play with and get attention from me.   She also likes food, but mostly she just wants to play with me.  Agility falls under that category.   It also falls under "Molly likes it, so I want it more", which is amusing and why she's suddenly into disc and balls and tug.    She doesn't do *anything* she doesn't want to do - ever, because Kylie- but what she wants is happy fun play time with me.  How we do that is less than important to her, and she can certainly decide she's hot, tired, and done playing.

 

Molly would do agility with a complete stranger she otherwise didn't much like or trust, because she *wants out there* and to be doing the thing.  Heck, anyone offering work in general, at this stage.  It's one of the ways I got her comfortable with people - not 'give her a cookie' but 'give her commands'.    Wee bit wild, really, but very, very, fun. 



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 01:45 PM

Yes, I love having a dog that loves to do something (run agility, for example) because it is rewarding to the dog. I am glad Molly has achieved that level.

 

Torque will run for anybody - not that many people want to run him, but still ......


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 01:56 PM

I admit I find 'run someone else's dog' mildly weird but that's because I'm so used to Kylie.  Dawn wants me to try to run Sapphire at the next practice, since we have a couple/few hours of doggy playdates every week besides practice and she likes me.  My first reaction was still to stare at her like she'd sprouted a third head. 

 

Should be fun, though!  Not that I've got my brain around it.



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 01:47 PM

 

I do believe 'find the entry and independence in them' is coming along.   Still work to do, but I need to rearrange some things to do it.    And this?  This delights me. 



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 08:30 PM

What a good girl Molly!!!


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 12:32 AM

Sounds like you have really turned the corner with Molly, sounds like you now have a team mate who is really into the game. Congratulations on your patience paying off.

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 09:00 AM

What a good girl Molly!!!

 

Thanks!

 

Sounds like you have really turned the corner with Molly, sounds like you now have a team mate who is really into the game. Congratulations on your patience paying off.

 

I really think we did, too, and I am really, really thrilled to BITS to be able to say that!  I'm proud of that dog!



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 06:47 PM

Apropos of nothing, Molly got to lure course.

 

 

Had a blast, and really coped very well with the environment.  Only had minor issues and everyone of those involved 'dog rushing into her face'.  Outside the fenced field.  Once on flexi-lead with a totally oblivious owner (I yelled), once due to a slipped collar (no harm no foul, I picked her up though)  and a couple of more minor 'dog at the end of their leash' things that I managed to intercept before they happened. 


Feeling pretty good about where she is in general, right now.



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 06:49 PM

Oh, also: 
Yes, it is mindless running fast chasing a thing, however I can absolutely say She never lost her mind. She never stopped listening to me.  She never lost the ability to follow commands.  NEVER.  I am *SUPER* Proud of that, actually.  She ran, she had fun chasing the bag, she's all tired out, but she would leave it and come, regardless.   So I don't think a little mindless chasing was a bad thing.



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 03:46 PM

Molly went to a trial.  Molly did agility at the trial.  Molly Qed in 2 of 3 runs and her NQ was the prettiest, cleanest, jumpers run I've ever seen from her.  She was focused.  She was happy.  She stuck her contacts and did what I asked and did it with speed.  She didn't care about anything else going in, inside that ring or out.  


I absolutely happy!cried. 


 



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 04:34 PM

Yippee! She's a grown-up girl now.

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 05:29 PM

Yippee! She's a grown-up girl now.

 

Well, I'm not sure I'd go THAT far :P  (She actually is working hard on maturing.  She really needs to learn to stop jumping on people but at the height of all the nonsense it was let go by everyone because 'positive interaction'.  She IS improving, though, so there's that.  

 

Does not help the goofball streak she's got going on, though.  



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 06:25 PM

When Torque was starting out in agility, Betty (you know her, she used to run Torque's half-bro - Quinn [who can no longer jump due to spinal issues]) would wait at the end of the agility runs to play with Torque as a reward. And it did involve jumping on her.  Not that he really needed to be ramped up any more, but there it is. Even now (at 9 years old), he finishes his run, and is so proud of himself that he wants to celebrate by jumping on people. I don't stress about it as long as he is happy.  I will lead him away from people to prevent the mauling and lead him to his treats/toys.

 

I don't think agility people will mind Molly's celebration. At least no one has yelled at me for Torque's 'celebration' (and I do try and remove him so he doesn't become too much of a bother.)

 

Let Molly keep her goofball celebration at the end of agility runs. She deserves it.


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