Friday, January 31, 2014

Train Your Dog Month Challenge

Here it is, the end of January already!  January was Train Your Dog month and Something Wagging hosted a Train Your Dog Month Challenge
 Dot
This January Dot started her very first agility class.  At our Dog Training Club, this is called Agility Prep and consists of lots of groundwork and easy introduction to the equipment in a fun and safe way.  I have never trained or competed in agility before so while I am familiar with all the training concepts, the hard part for me is the handling, footwork, and hand cues used in order to get the dog to the right place, over the right obstacle in the right direction.  The video starts out with 2x2 weaves which our class doesn't so I'm trying to tackle that on my own.  Here's a video of her showing off some of her new rudimentary agility skills.  
 

Taco
Taco's goal for January was working on his heel position and building up to a nice solid hold.  His pivot platform work is going stupendous.  We are using Denise Fenzi's pivot disk(platform) and pocket hand techniques.  He is comfortable with the pocket hand over his snout and he is good at pivoting left on the platform.  Here's a little video of him.


His retrieve was taught using Shirley Chong's clicker retrieve method.  BUT.  I sort of rushed it a bit (bad habit of mine) and started getting some chomping on the return.  I took a step back and did more "take it" from my hand and built up to a longer and longer solid hold.

So while every month for us is Train Your Dog Month, January had some new and exciting developments!

10 comments:

  1. Wow, looks like Dot and Taco are having a lot of fun. And what a nice space you have to work in.

    Looks like you have two agility stars in your house.

    Thanks for joining the challenge.

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    1. Thanks for hosting, it was fun to see what everyone else is up to in their training!

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    2. Oh, and the space is our basement. One half is cleared for training and the other half is home gym and equipment storage. Not sure what I'd do in the winter without the basement!

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  2. I love Taco's tail wagging like crazy when you're working on the pivot! Alfie and I have started our agility class this month too and are going through all the basics - as expected, Alfie is a rock star and I can barely co-ordinate my hands and feet to give the right commands :-)

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    1. I think agility is one of the hardest sports for the handlers, for sure! So much to think about!

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  3. That pivot is great - he did so well and that's such a good core strengthener for him. loved it.

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    1. Thanks! We also do work on the bosu ball and big yoga ball you can see on the back wall. It is unfair to ask dogs to do things in the ring that they aren't physical capable of doing (like sit in one spot for 3 minutes without moving) so we make sure they are well conditioned!

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  4. I love how Dot is already really digging in to make that entry. She seems like such a good, sweet, smart dog, trying her best and enjoying training with you. You both will have lots of fun learning agility I'm sure!

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    1. Thanks! She loves how relaxed agility class is (and how relaxed MOM is at agility class) as opposed to how stiff and strict obedience is. :)

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  5. Ooo standing up to PIVOT! That's a key. Reminds me of the Friends episode when they were trying to move the furniture upstairs...PIVOT...PIV..OOTT!

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