Saturday, 28 November 2009
have to tell you this story....
My dog training classes are held in a church hall. Anyway Cash never liked the hall, he would only go into half the area and refused to go near the stage area or the bottom end of the hall to the extent that i gave up training him during the class as he wouldn't do anything at the other end of the hall. He would become frantic and panic to get away from it. Typical belgian carry on ...or so i thought.
In the summer we were moved into the main body of the church to train as the hall was being demolished to build a new one. Cash was happy about this no problem in the main church.
So the minister came in last week to say the build had been held up. The hall was on a burial ground - which they knew - but they discovered a skeleton while putting in the new foundations - you guessed it- where the stage area was. It has been assumed it was a pauper as the body was not in a coffin but had been put on top of the coffins already there , apparently this was commomplace a long time ago. How spooky is that???? Cash the body detector!! It's totally freaked everyone out as there was always the odd dog who didn't like that area (including my last belgian) and we used to joke there was a body under the stage but put it down to maybe rats or something.
Hope the weather is being better for you. It has been awful up here pouring with rain constantly, gale force winds. There has been loads of flooding but fortunately nothing like cumbria. The roof is leaking in our staff dog room at work so all the dogs are loose in the laundry area which they love but it's a nightmare trying to put a washing on with up to 10 dogs jumping about you!!!
Clever Cash passed his silver good citizen last week, didn't think he could be mature enough but he surprised me. We're going for gold in March!
Agility training is going ok, we have been practising baby stuff during mainstream training and it seems to be working. Have started to train my mum's pup since she's not going to run her. I thought she would be pathetic about it but she loves it. She is very fast, turns on a sixpence. Logan my big lurcher has finally retired from agility. I am gutted as he is only 4. But he has always had a lameness problem which we can't find a reason for despite x-rays and mri scans. He is going back to the pain clinic at Glasgow University next week so hopefully they can sort him. It's a real shame as he is a very gentle dog but when he is sore he doesn't want anyone near him, snaps at the other dogs . The agility has always been a bonus but i feel there is obviously something wrong and even though he loves it , it's not fair to ask him to do it.If i can get my happy dog back , i'll settle for that. Hate it when they can't tell you what's wrong and he's such a big softie.
Reckon you could cut cash's legs off and he'd still find a way to get round an agility course!!!lol
Anyway take care, hope everyone is fine
Denise and Cash
ps 4 weeks till santa comes - very exciting
We hope you are all well as we are. It seems like no time at all since we collected Chi but on the other hand he has certainly made an impression on us. He is a full on dog, full of life always willing to take part in anything that is happening but also a very easy to train and handle dog except at agility. He is a see it do it hound and he sees a course a little differently to me but my back problem this summer did not help. Thank goodness I am getting a bit better.
He has had a few nearly right courses, he now completes the weave with entries worthy of grade 7 and touch points to die for but his enthusiasm at the start is his downfall although perfect in training. We went to a fun show last weekend, he broke the first stay and the second but managed the third and won the fourth class with a superb round of agility.. He is always better at agility, too many jumps seems to excite him.
David is sending you a photo of Chi in action plus if you have time go onto http://www.equiscot.com/ . In the Gleniffer dog section Chi is on page 33 DSC 9451, 9452 and 9453.
The bond between us is so strong, he adapts his behaviour to my commands. He can be unsure of other dogs but a happy go speak and he
immediately relaxes makes initial contact and then turns to me for a treat, which I am only too willing to give. After that he plays really well.
He is the second dog in my life to make this bond, it is so special.
Chi and Dino are great pals, I am sure that Chi keeps Dino going. He will be 12 on Christmas day and loves to play with his young friend.
Fingers crossed I hope Chi will get himself together next year, everyone says great potential.
Have a great time over the festive season and good luck with your agility.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Back to the show, I really enjoy this show and venue is great, although indoors we still have nice size courses to run.
Meme gained 12th in combined 4-5 jumping and clear in combined 4-5 agility 100% for her. Cruz did a brilliant run in the combined 4-5 jumping and finished 6th. This was a class that over 22 seconds and you were out the placings. Messed up my others in the grade 6-7 classes. Lots of winter training for us.
Sunday Angela and I headed off to Discover Dogs at Earls Court, Inca was on the Groenendael stand and also representing Woodgreen animal shelter in the Rescue Dog Agility Display.
I took Wish along for company, she loves all the fuss. Both dogs were really good, now sound a sleep as its very tiring for them to look beautiful and Handsome and be star's all day long.
Here is Inca and I in our agility display. Sadly the comentator calls him a her :-(
Sunday, 8 November 2009
The video is of course two, see plan right to best of my knowledge.
Sorry about the quality, poor Grace got the job to video, Kiah was not impressed it was not her go.
Below is course 1, this is the course that after we all run it was broken down into sections, we trained areas of the course. Firstly we worked on shaping our dogs over 3 to give our dogs a more natural curved line also taking there line away from tunnel (12) this gave a good line then for the tunnel (5) under the A frame, we trusted our shaping over 4 and started queuing the tunnel command without going to all the way to the entrance, if you did go to the tunnel it left you know where to help your dog over 6. Then we aimed at training layering the tunnel (12) for the weaves off the A frame, this gave you an advantage to work a lovely turn off the see saw and onto 11, several ways were used 13-14, I chose to go in the middle and call her to me which worked lovely, I also pushed her around the back of the left wing of 13 then pushed in 14 then called through the middle with me turning so she came in on my left to pick up 15.
I really enjoyed the day, came away with lots, can't wait till the next one. Thank you Nancy.