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I went outside to wack up the dogs frozen raw food and baggy it and came in to find Razzle polishing off my piece of coconut cream pie I was going to have tonight... This was after a nice leash walk on a quiet deadend road above the lake and afterwards offered them both water when we got back in my favorite pop up bowl which he drank from and then made off with it and ripped it in two... This "rest" stuff is making him crazy and me combustible.

Nov. 9th, 2014

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The new DW from Launch the Dog comes tomorrow and this is very exciting but also I am sad. I will miss the old one. It has such history. It's the one thing I am proud of training Stella's running contacts on. All the ups and downs and tears and victories... And she's solid on it. We had a friend build it from Dawns brilliant plans for a mid plank and down ramp with several blocks for different heights for Silvia's rdw training and then eventually attached the third plank when we got to full height.

The roller coaster rdw training playlist on YouTube :

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUvzbjUDt-fTzAzK-8Mc88Dlfp2wpM5ew

I ran Stella a bunch of times over it today.
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I don't know why but suddenly weirdly the house is quiet. Not the worrisome kind where something is going on that should not be going on. The good kind of quiet. I can see them both napping and wow this is an odd hour to nap... Ok now I'm worrying again.

higher is less impact?

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Stella handled tricky maneuvers better at 22 and is lazy at 20. Much wider turns and less tight with me... In a private lesson a couple weeks ago (in which we were to tackle how to get her to blast off the startline because typically now it's half way through a run that she ignites) we accidentally left half the bars at Glances height of 26 and it she was handling the sequence beautifully like piece of cake.

So in view of the copy snd paste below from the clean run discussion thread on jump heights---I wonder if in my thinking of preserving her physically for a longer agility career and sounder life and only running her in preferred which she now jumps at 20... Did I make a mistake?


This is actually a topic that is often debated and will likely to continue to be until we have better scientific data. I strongly believe in evaluating your dog and how he runs and jumps, and also his build and structure, before making a decision. But something to consider is that many dogs run more horizontally and jump flat out at lower heights, resulting in more forward propulsion and speed – more momentum forward means more impact on the body when landing. Many of these dogs if they have to collect and jump more vertically than horizontally, can actually put less impact on their body.
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> I think what puts the most stress on dogs physically is having to compensate for us giving poor signals so that they make the wrong decision about which way a course goes and they have to change direction while attempting to land.
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> Look at your dog and watch how he uses his body over the jumps – assuming he is confident about what his job is… video tape is a really good idea when making these decisions.
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> Monica Percival

practice more with my imaginary dog

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The new goal: fluidity.
The question will be do I have it in me.

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lame left front--bicep blip

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And just HOW EXACTLY do you keep a six month old border collie on rest? I'm serious. I'm asking. Or maybe I should ask what exactly qualifies as rest.

Stella Bear There or Not There

PAW hat Stel and me
So... I don't know why the week before last week Stella had me in tears and feeling exhausted and hopeless after class. She started out great and then something stressed her. It might have been the moment she came out of the tunnel and saw Soshana and for a split second thought she was me and then realized she wasn't and it took another second or two for her to find me---and then the next dog to run was getting out of his crate and he's a little reActive, barks at anyone near his crate and we were crated next to him (new in class we didn't know this) and she saw him on the other side of the ring gates and in this moment of stress she charged off and barked her head off at the ring gates and when I got her back she was all molasses and could not be motivated at all and I tried all kinds of things. But I think once we lose connection she worries and then I just don't know how to make her feel safe enough again to play with me... I have tried to keep seeing it as a training challenge and keep trying different things. I'll think I have it figured out but then I don't. Over and over.

At one point going through the weaves she was so slow that to stay in motion I was running backwRds and forwards and backwards and forwards until slow and steady she finished the poles and someone remarked at how remarkable this was that even when I was going backwards and moving behind her she never broke her dauntless pace steady to the end and Soshana commented that yes HER SKILLS are exceptional. And they are. She can nail hard poles entries and her turns over jumps can be squeaky tight. And she can haul ass too. When we are tight we are so tight. Which makes me so sad I can't figure this out.

She's seven. yes. Im not ready to give up on her.

Then last week she was all there and running WITH GUSTO and even broke her startline stay (I didn't put her back I was thrilled!!!!) and she was just fabulous for the whole class---it was one of those really relentlessly hard and fun 30 obstacle course Soshana sets for us---and I have no idea why.

I consider that Razzle had a little private lesson time before the class. I consider that we crated farther from the reactive dog. I consider I skimped on warm up and just took her out running into the ring ran her around with her current tug of choice for as long as it took to change the jump heights and put her at the start. (No warning that it was our turn next so default not our usual warmup with PT stretches) so there was no time for her to worry... I consider that I decided I had nothing to lose and lead out three obstacles and while I have been consistently starting WITH her every single time because this was one thing that seems to help her confidence, so the lead out this time actually built some drivyness, she couldn't wait to catch up. When I screwed up I didn't stop, kept her going to repeat that part without her knowing it was a repeat, treated her once, the tiniest pause when I screwed up, and caressed her and kept going. I consider that I have been stepping in for her more when Razz pushes her out of the water bowl or knocks her toy out of her mouth and takes it or when it really seems he is not listening to her when she says I really do not want to play now. I consider that I have been running with her when she charges barking at the gate in CT and cheering and having her to do the yay! jump with me and this is changing this experience for her--I think. I don't remember what she ate specifically those days or how the weather was different... I did bring lunch this time and ate during class so my energy wouldn't crash. I think the week before I got exhausted trying to get her back... I just didn't have the extra resources for her and was saying I MISS MY OLD DOG... And then the next week there she was.

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for stickywickey a little vid for you

razz one ear up


he actually does some even better twinkletoes in this next one where i was looking for hipswitch/hipshift (i haven't decided what to call it so i shouldn't be calling it anything) and where other times he usually offers me lots of hipswitch/hipshift he was only really offering me one side (left) and center... i lure him a couple times to the right hip... but honest sometimes he'll go back and forth for me bam beam bam... work in progress. i'm rewarding a little of everything and i know that probably muddies the training, but i want to make sure he's rewarded for offering different stuff... but isn't he impossibly cute????



stay tuned for our failures at crossyourpaws

tricks and tricky

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Razzle is learning "switch hips." And he's pretty much got "twinkle toes" on cue.

I can't get "cross your paws" because he used to only offer his left paw when we asked for "paw" and it took awhile to get him to offer the right paw so when ever I try to target for one paw closer to the other to start a "cross your paws" cue he doesn't think to move that paw closer to the other but just happily gives me the other paw. Oops.

It's going to rain all day. We will probably play OFF again at some point.


So OMD has started to introduce some OMD authenticity control. Officially accrediting and announcing a list of a small group of specific instructors in a bunch of different countries. I wondered about this as I was getting notifications of all kinds of random people offering OMD $eminar$ recently.