She's starting to lose her puppy fuzz and look like a real toller now! Well, still a golden retriever actually.
Our little pivots and side steps for heel work are pretty hit and miss right now. Lovely some days and other days she is completely insistent that I must want her either between my legs or in front of me.
The Chuck it Launcher experiment continues for trial #2! Results were even more screaming than the first USDAA trial and holy cow he actually RAN in all 8 runs over two days. Many runs didn't just come close to backyard practice speed, but actually were full speed!
In the first run of the weekend he actually screamed a little bit DURING his run! He doesn't even do that at home! And it was jumpers, zero contacts on course! Sadly, no video of that run. But yes, he knocked his yards per second out of the water and the danger we can sometimes be in of not making time in jumpers wasn't there at all.
Q rate wasn't so high. We had an off course in each regular run, a knocked bar in that jumpers run, and another knocked bar in chances.
Touch n Go was my absolute favorite run of the weekend. Personal best of 6.78YPS and fastest time of all dogs. Bonus of a super nice turn off the dogwalk with an off course hoop staring straight at him. Best Vito video ever:
And he even did distance! With a (late) rear cross! Stupid knocked bar prevented him from getting a vary rare chances Q for him.
NADAC trial this weekend. Lance's 4th and 5th day of trialing of the entire year so I was eager to get back to agility with him!
Sadly Lance seemed a bit off all weekend. Slower than normal and pulling off of obstacles. Not sure if it was due to the slightly deeper dirt surface, general aging, or what.
He did 4 run on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. The last run of the day on Sunday was jumpers and it was just sad. Poor Corgi was stuttering horrible and much slower than earlier :(
A few people who have watched our quick meal training sessions have commented on how I'm really not using any commands at this point. I'm just in no rush. Right now her training has very little to do with learning words and lots to do with Py figuring out how to communicate with me and discovering body awareness. If she offers a behavior other than the one we were working on I usually just go with it. I might later regret that I'm letting her hop from one thing to another but right now it's still cute and fun. I suppose that's how most naughty behavior start!
I'm also heavily managing Py's focus when she is out and about with me. We still have our romps at the park where she can just sniff and explore, but pretty much everywhere else when Py is on the ground I'm in training mode. I almost always have a toy or cookies on me to reward her for offering behaviors and for keeping focus on me. If I'm not able to give her that feedback then I'm just scooping her up in my arms. Or in her group class she's either in my arms or in her crate for 80% of the class so that the remaining 20% she can give me full effort. An hour class is too long for any dog, but especially a puppy!
Still working lots on chase me games to try and cultivate a love for running. While Py is still fairly uncoordinated she is sure gaining speed. I can no longer out race her and I've added the words Go Go Go to her tiny vocabulary.
And Py continues to claim the highest point of the couch. She says it has the added bonus of easily being able to see whatever food I'm eating.
The Duck continues to be slightly bigger than the Teacup Labradors of Gracie and Fiona. She weighs 19lbs today!
Lance had a pretty busy weekend at our club's obedience trial.
Saturday we were entered in 3 things- Utility, Open, and Advanced Teamwork.
Went amazing! Happy AND precise corgi! Only point lost other than fronts and finishes with a naughty mouthing of the glove on his front. Actually I thought he was really working his fronts and finishes and was shocked to see him lose points on several. Apparently I didn't see what she saw. Score was still good enough for 2nd place and 3 little more OTCH points to bring us up to 49! The run earned us his Obedience Master 2 title!
Nice run but not quite as great in the precision. A little more forging in heeling and not quite as great fronts and finishes. Down first for stays which of course went well. Then on the long sit he lied down at the 1 min mark. *Sigh. Most frustrating problem ever.
I was excited to see the exercises posted for the class to be the most straightforward ones.
Heeling involved lots of slow time! Then more heeling for the glove seek back exercise. I wasn't sure Lance knew I dropped something as I didn't even see him flinch but he ran almost straight for it! Then on the scent object he dropped the little piggy on his return but then brought it nicely. The moving sit went well, but I did cheat slightly by turning my shoulders into him. The moving sit is certainly the hardest of the 3 options! Transition changes were oddly the same 3 changes done twice: stand-sit-down-stand-sit-down. The first down to stand I forgot to say his name before the command and he just sat until I repeated my cue. The 2nd time around I remembered to say his name and he did if fine. So our only O point exercise!
Sat- Wildcard Open
Jumped on me nicely at the finish of heeling and played with me on the way to the figure 8. More looking at the stewards coming in and again he had a hard time setting up in heel. But then he did a fantastic job of staying focused and driving for the actual figure 8!
Basically the same issues for the drop on recall, retrieves, and broad jump. Looking around on the setup and slow to sit but great attitude on the actual exercises. Actually I think he did less looking around at each new setup. And for the first time in a recent trial he actually did a beautiful broad jump!
Our "Wildcard" exercise (get to skip 1 exercise) was the long sit. We joined the group stays at the down stay where Vito did his very first out of sight stay in a trial. He seemed confused going into the ring and setting up, and then even more confused when the judge moved us from the end into the middle (in catalog order). But the stay itself seemed relax as far as I can tell.
During awards Vito was absolutely fixated on the stewards with the milkbone biscuits. I could get him to do a sit stay but he would not look at me and barely move to turn away.
Sun- Advanced Teamwork
The big day! Outlook was not high for actually passing the exercises. I just hoped that he wouldn't lose confidence and be hesitant about not knowing what to do. Confidently failing is what I wanted!
So yeah, we failed every single exercise other than heeling for a grand total of 30 something points out of 200! Even the down in motion which he should have nailed, we failed the call to heel portion. I'm not sure what he was thinking!
But awesomeness! I am so happy with how he handled the ring and I think that is the most fun we have ever had at a trial. There was a little glancing around in the heeling but it was even better than Saturday's Open run. And then he got his toy in the ring!!! And then he confidently brought me back a little plastic fire truck on our scent object. Happy, wrong, Toller!