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my LJ Secret Santa came through!!!

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I love them!!
Thank you secret Santa!!! They are the first ornaments to go on our tree---even before the angel

BC stands for Border Cat?

cat tail or find the cat
Um, guess who fit through the cat door on our new dog gate?

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Seems impossible? Not to Razzle.

In prep for his OCD post op, I purchased two dog gates on sale that had cat doors. I thought I was being so clever... and the cats would be so happy. But, I watched Finn jump down from the counter after eating his dinner and try to make his way out of the kitchen and both dogs were giving chase (this HAS to stop) and as Finn got to the dog gate, Razz just dove through ahead of Finn (herding cats?) like he was instant liquid dog, no problem, no hesitation, and then Finn was trapped at the dog gate with Stella behind and Razz in front. I picked him up.

Lord Razzle you are a Border Cat!!

If he could only purr...

not naming any names but

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Why would you choose tough love when there are more pleasant ways to the same end?

How do you handle teaching a dog not to jump on tables and counters when it seems (I project of course) what makes it rewarding is not only what the dog can reach by doing this but even more so that he is not supposed to do it and knows this and gets a kick out of the challenge of knowing his opportunities when he sees them to be bad?

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grinch who stole chicken foot

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Apologies to the person who will get the ornament I made of your beautiful dog... I had also put in a chicken foot for each of your dogs and just now discovered after it was mailed that Razzle made off with and stashed one (only one that I know of) so I believe you will be one chicken foot short.

a little bit of Christmas begins

santa stella
Its done---Tomorrow I will mail the secret ornament... I had to keep hiding it and protecting it from the cats and also Razzle... At one point Razzle stood on the center of the dining room table with it in his mouth! so I had to scrap that version and start again... This is now his second time on the dining room table. Really Razz? Really? He's very clever about doing the things he is not supposed to, waits til I'm distracted with some task and not looking...
Anyway I'm so glad Tammy did this secret santa ornament exchange... I forget what a vacation it is from stress and daily life to sit down and figure out how to make something.

In other news, Razzle is sort of getting used to the gentle leader. He's not fighting it furiously like he did when the PT just put it in him and told me he'd have to tough it out... I thought he was going to hurt himself. I've been working on it and little by little its just part of life. It's kind of Christmassy looking...

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I love when the Christmas tree venders fill the city streets with the smell of all different kinds of pines... But it's quite a feat to get Razzle by them along the sidewalks without peeing on the christmas trees. He really really wants to.

I enjoy this time of year walking the dogs in the dark early evening and looking in windows to see people's trees... last night there was an apartment where you could see all the way through the open living room and kitchen and through the back sliding glass doors and a huge living tree was all lit up in their back yard...

taking it slow
I'm giving Stella some longer walks now and brief off leash away from her buddies. She's moving well. I guess it's time to start building her again. I'm now walking them many many times a day separately.

My poor dogs have gained weight. Tubby dogs. Both of them are about five pounds more than what they should be. Their dinners have not been adjusted to their "on rest" lives and perhaps more treats as we busy them with tricks. I'm on this now.

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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 :

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.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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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