Getting Back to Obedience

I've started back teaching again for the obedience club since Netta's arrival.  Just one night a week but this also gives me time to train my dogs before class.  They haven't really done any obedience in months besides some tiny drills in the house.

Zumi has mainly been working on 3 things
1. Go outs- Still our main issue of not taking the jump on the way out.  She's great with cones and really has improved a ton with this issue over the year but it's still a real choice for her.
2. Retrieve over the high- Opposite issue of our go out :)  Zumi's super strong desire to fetch makes it hard for her think on off-centered retrieves.  She has no problem playing this game with targets and food all around the clock.  But must fetch as fast as possible!
3. Finishes.  A new problem that wasn't there before our long break.  Zumi has been cutting her left finish short and also seems to occasionally be confused on what her "around" cue means.

This is the first half of our practice session this week, focusing on the 2nd two issues.


Vito has still been working on our main goal of engagement and choosing to work.  Overall that has continued to go well.  He even seems to be sniffing less before we start work- a problem that cropped up after our experiment a year ago (with a lesson to me on how to structure it differently next time!).  So I've been adding in some more instance on precision for him, not just his free for all.  Slower heeling.  Active proofing to get him thinking on his finishes.  And still lots of reward for fast, fold back downs; a lifetime issue for Vito.

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Trials

The tollers have done 2 more agility trials since I last posted.  One day of USDAA the first weekend of March and then we just got done with 2 days of UKI this past weekend.

It's just hit me that Vito has really settled into a nice, consistent agility dog.  He has come a long way since I was close to retiring him a few years ago!  Recently just his first run of the day is his slower run and then he's been deciding to run for the rest.  He's never been much of a morning dog.
I still limit his runs to 3-4 the first day and generally 2 on the 2nd day if I do one.

No video of his USDAA runs but he went 3 for 3, even getting a difficult weaving gamble!
UKI he was 4 for 6 with all very solid runs.  So close on this super fun jumpers course!



Zumi is also maturing nicely alongside just a tiny bit of "whee!" runs.  USDAA she was incredibly solid for her 4 runs.  Listening to cues!  I still have a long way to go though in really learning how to handle her.

And we still have some focus issues with people distractions.  She kinda loses her mind with her favorite people still.  Flail!!!
Grandma was nice enough to visit again for the UKI and Zumi couldn't quite handle it for her first run.  Especially when she lost track of where she was!  Second run was better so there is some improvement going on.
Run #1 where I hardly had a dog:


And her last run on saturday in the challenging masters heat class.  Sucked into 2 tunnels but I was proud of her on an advanced level course:


Final run of the weekend was the master challengers standard course which she came so close to qualifying but just had to rush to the dogwalk!  Video is pretty low quality but it was my favorite run of the weekend!:


Things are kinda coming together!

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