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NW1, NW2, L1I, L1E, L1C, RATI, RATN, RATO, RATS, L1V, L2C, L2I, L2E, RATM, R-FE/N, PKD-TL, PKD-N, ADPL1, ADPL2, TD, UWP, ADPL3, NTD, TKN, L2V, ADPL4, SDS-N, ADPL5, ADPCH, ADP1(2), ADPL1(GC), ADPL2(2), ADPL2(GC), VPN, AP, UWPCH, ADPL3(2), ADPL3(GC), NC, NI, NE, SCN, SIN, SEN, CZ8B, NV, NN, ADPL4(2), ADPL4GC), ADPGCH, ADPL5(2), RATCH, CZ8S, AI, TKI, AV, AE, AC, AN and R-FE/X... 60 and counting...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Nosework class (1/35)

We always do a lot of container searches during the winter.

Container 1 search video - First hide in 4 seconds! I did have her work the rest of the containers. She did bap the container, but not destructively. She sometimes baps/kicks other containers, so I was pleased she chose to just search and move on.

Container 2 search video - This time it was the same search, but we entered from the other door. Dogs usually see this as a completely different search. Gimme still had the hide in 4½ seconds! And with a nice indication.

Container 3 search video - This search was set up with a lot of different distractors, which Gimme normally does very well with. Dorothy's dog was kenneled in the office and the door was left open, so she saw Gimme and barked throughout Gimme's search. This was a lot of distraction for her, a good training challenge. Gimme gets the first hide quickly (4 seconds again), but then struggles and gets sucked in by one of the distractors (#7, but I don't remember what it was). I think the longer the barking went on the more it bothered her. It probably bothered her more because she's not used to barking in nosework class. She does finally sort out the challenge and gets the second hide. Then we bring her back around to find the first hide again. Gimme does start "just bapping boxes", but then gets serious about it when she finds the hide again. Dorothy apologized for the rude behavior from her dog, but I was happy for the chance to work through it - better in class than at a trial. BTW even with the frustration from the dog barking, Gimme did not revert to crushing boxes. Yayyyyy Gimme!

Container 4 search video - Gimme normally blows by threshold hides, so it was nice to see her nail this one in 2 seconds! Clearly she's recovered from the rude barking. Then she finds the second hide quickly. Taking her around the loop to see the other distractions, she does get interested briefly by one of them. She quickly leaves it and refinds the threshold hide. But then on the tour back down she discovers the tennis ball distraction in a box and is really quite interested in it. Odd, since she's not over the top about tennis balls. It takes a little bit and I have to help her to get her to move on and then we were right onto the second hide again. Nice to have this kind of exercise set up so Gimme can get rewarded after she leaves a distraction.

I was very pleased at how moderated Gimme's indications were. She's always gotten more and more aggressive with repeated container searches, so it's nice to see this.

Monday, December 10, 2018

RFE practice (82)

This practice was really weird. I know Gimme can be super sensitive during her false pregnancies, but this beat the cake. Neither J'Anna or I could figure out what Gimme was getting so upset about. [you may notice ring gates set up - they were there because I was recording J'Anna and Glory in their WorldWide entry, which I didn't enter]

Heeling warm-up video - We started with a little heeling warm-up and threw in some backward steps in heel. She did this nicely. Gimme has a consistent problem of overrunning when I stop or slow down. This was an issue in our West2 entry, so I need to focus on it. She had a lapse of attention when a puppy squeaked in daycare. Overall it went well, especially given her condition.

Paw lifts video - I was trying to get left paw lifts ("low") and she did a couple then switched to giving me "pretty" (both paws up high). I was trying to reward single paw lifts, because for the left paw, she tends to bring up the right paw with it, which is points off. I think she is more flexible on the right ("high") and so she can lift it without the other foot coming up. I offer her my hand to "paw" and she just gets all weird about it. She hadn't touched me, so I know she wasn't shocked with static. I tried to work through it, but she just was weirded-out and couldn't work consistently. I switched to nose touches and it helped a little, but other times she just acted scared of my hand. I did a lot of treat tossing to get her to happy again. I tried paw touch to my foot and she avoided this too.

I don't know what was bothering her on this day. She acted like she was afraid, but I don't know what it was about. She did have an episode later that evening, but no recurrence. I've examined her feet/nails and found nothing amiss. Just to be safe, I've limited her activities, though nothing else seems to be an issue. I've also scheduled a chiropractor treatment for this Thursday. This may be an unsolvable mystery.

Center front pivot video - At first she avoided this, but spitting some treats at her helped her get in the game. From there we were able to get some credible pivots, with lots of treats to reward her for remaining in "center" position.

Sidepasses video - We did a very brief bit of sidepasses, with Gimme in "heel", both away from her and toward her. She did well. It was very awkward for me going into her because I wanted to be extra careful not to bump her with my foot.

"Cane" & "orbit" video - At first Gimme acted afraid of the cane. I got her to work by tossing treats when she was moving around/near the cane. We got some good ones, but it was clear Gimme wasn't focused. She seemed to be struggling to focus on verbal cues.

Brick" & "pivot" video - She struggled with this on video day for our West2 entry and yet on this day, when she was struggling with other very basic stuff, this was easy peasy.

Scoot" video - Gimme likes these, so I let her do some as a reward for coming back to work with me.

"Under" video - I would think this would be intimidating and yet she had no issue with it. I threw a treat for her and then had her find "under".

Doodling video - I wanted to end on a really up note. So I started with really easy behaviors, helped her with a couple and continued to have her "izzy" which can be a challenge for her. She got paid for three-fourths of an "izzy" and then the next one was the full deal.

I have no clue what her problem was this day (mostly edited out). I haven't been able to find anything pain-wise and I see nothing in the videos to explain what she was upset about. It may have been all in her head. Whatever it was, I'd be happy to never see a repeat. Our next session isn't until December 20th, so we'll see how it goes then. I plan to keep it simple, unless I see her begging for more. Right now she's getting bored with motherhood, so I look forward to her being back to her usual self.