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Daisy Peel is cool

Tons of stuff to think about from the Daisy Peel running contacts seminar yesterday... turns out auditing was fine, even better, because my focus wasn't on what Stella was doing when it was our turn, but I could really focus on the bigger picture of what I could do, question it, really think about my approach, how we have been training, how I could make changes, what else might work, feels like a whole lot of new possibilities... 

Ideally, to implement some of the stuff she was showing us, I could use two Manners Minders and a second dog... but she made suggestions where to find cheaper or used ones and suggested our cats could sub for the second dog.

this is a circle of dogs that had never encountered a MM before the seminar and some initially wouldn't go anywhere near it, but here they are all having to be restrained from running to it as each dog gets a turn to run to it...

PS: one of the working peeps has my favorite DW verbal cue I've ever heard: cheeetahhhhh!  It makes so much sense and sounds great and so fun to say


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Jan. 9th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
omg cheetah, love it!
Jan. 9th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
so great... I wonder if after three years of "walk it" I could change the verbal cue... I mean WALK is so far from what I want on that thing... but what did I know when I started, I just used the verbal my teacher used
Jan. 9th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Man I WISH I could loan you my dog for a second dog. I think he'd be perfecto. :)
Jan. 9th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
just that small matter of 3000 miles... but thanks so much for the thought!!!
Jan. 10th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
You really had a busy weekend. The seminar sounds interesting.
Jan. 10th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
yup, pretty busy... I think Daisy is great and right now she's taking nothing about agility for granted, really looking at what works and what might work better
Jan. 10th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
How do you use the second dog.??
Jan. 10th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
yep I am interested in that bit too
Jan. 10th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Well, it seemed what she was doing was creating even stronger drive with competition between dogs... specifically in this seminar when working with the MM --it was so interesting to see how a dog went from being afraid of the MM to being territorial about it as two or three and then a half dozen were restrained by their handlers to take turns... she says for her training approach she spends a week just creating/boosting the value for the MM before doing any running training

she had some anecdotes about closing one dog in the bedroom with her to work on tricks with the MM and the other dogs howling outside the door
Jan. 10th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
Roper was afraid of the MM the first time, but got used to it very quickly. I borrowed it from a friend. Didn't think I could spend the $$, so I bought a "Ready Treat". Only negative is having to reload every time. Otherwise, it's more portable, lighter, not nearly as many parts.
Jan. 10th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
My sister has one... I was tempted to get one too but Daisy was really down on the readytreat... said it was a waste of $ for a few reasons, but mainly I think because for running contacts she insists that the important part of the MM introduction is really really fast action reward action reward... only asking the dog to do things within inches of the MM so the reward is right there--bam bam bam... the speed being key... it creates a kind of craziness for it... and then also its physically independent from you (you don't have to go refill it) so it helps with the two things together she thinks are most important: speed and independence

Frankie lent me hers today---so we're gonna have some fun!!!
Jan. 10th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Actually, I guess I'll find out because I'm signed up for Daisy's seminar that she's teaching here in March. One of the workshops is on contacts so perhaps it'll be in that?
Jan. 10th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
man she's a busy lady!!! looking forward to your report!! She's funny, both seminars I have attended have begun the same, she starts talking kind of with an intimidating edge and then when the questions start she warms right up and is wonderful
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