Monthly Archives: November 2012
This past weekend we went up to Cardiff Alberta for the Fort Saskatchewan and Area Canine Association CKC Agility Trial. There is only one CKC agility trial in Calgary each year that to trial in CKC we have to travel. I like CKC agility trials and they’ve been a good venue for us since they are generally smaller trials and the Novice runs have been great for confidence building.
This trial was really well organized and my husband and I had a lot of fun. I had CB entered in a total of 4 Novice Standard runs and 3 Novice Jumpers with Weaves. On Saturday we did 2 jumpers with weaves in the morning and 2 standard in the afternoon. CB ran really well overall but he still has a little bit of FWPA – foreign weave pole aversion. We had a few bobbles here and there but otherwise he ran the quickest he has in a trial to date. We also got our third Q in Novice Standard, a clean run at 11 seconds over time, but a Q nonetheless. And CB has a new title – Agility Novice (AGN)- Yay CB!
Sunday we moved up to Intermediate Standard for two runs and did one Novice Jumpers run. My husband ran CB in his first Intermediate run of the day and there was some good speed but a refusal at the weaves. From there we went downhill. We had a lot of trouble with the weaves over the weekend and in Intermediate a fault on the weaves is an NQ. Both standard runs had 12 weaves and I’ve been seeing that a lot in trials lately, even at AAC starters level. We didn’t Q anything Sunday but it was still fun and I’m thrilled with not only how much improvement we’ve had but how much faster CB is running.
We still loose too much time in the weaves and I need to spend more time training with 12 poles. He does great on our 6 and the weaves where we train but he tends to sniff new poles the first time he sees them. We are also still too slow on the teeter but we have picked up a couple seconds on the chute now. The good thing with trialing is that it gives me a chance to really see where our gaps are and what I need to work on more. Our next opportunity for a CKC trial is in March back up in Cardiff – until then we’ll be working on those 12 pole weaves and entering a few AAC trials in the new year.
Saturday we were at the wrap up to Kona’s 10 week training class. The “canine olympics” were so much fun. We competed in a team relay (skills centered) event, team trivia and then the fun really started. A musical chairs sit-stay. I’d explain it but I think it would be easier to just show a picture.
The event ended with a stay (sit or down) competition. Kona broke his stay when his neighbor was recalled in – taken out by another black and tan no less.
It was fun nonetheless, and the 1st place team ribbon was the icing on the cake.
Here is his class photo – we happened to be in the “pom” class. Unbelievable that that many dogs can sit still in such close proximity.
On Sunday I had CB entered in the Calgary Agility Association (AAC) trial. I had CB entered in a Standard, Gamblers and Jumpers run just like the last trial. Not like the last trial CB ran. He ran the fastest he has in a trial in a while.
The standard run was first and the first obstacle was the hoop. We definitely need to work on starts because that is where we lost time. He went up to the electronic eye, put his nose past the plane enough to start the timer and then went under the hoop. The rest of the run was fast and he was motivated and was quick thru the chute. We lost time on the weave poles though. This is the second Starters run that we’ve encountered with 12 weave poles and I see that I need to be working 12 as much as I work him with 6. We didn’t Q but I was so thrilled with how he ran.
Our Gamblers run was a bit of a mess. Our run was slow and a little chaotic. But our Jumpers run was amazing! CB was really fast, the run was clean and I thought he was quick enough to Q. When I saw the time I was surprised to see we were 8.5 seconds over as he ran so much quicker than the time he was 2 seconds over. But when I thought about it I know exactly where he lost time.
The start – first obstacle was also the hoop and he put his nose in the plane of the electronic timer, started the clock and just stood there, maybe for about 4 – 6 seconds. He was also slow going thru the last tunnel and we lost about 5 seconds in the chute. It was a really great run and I’m thrilled with how fast he was – we are definitely getting there. We’ve managed to build up speed over more than the last half of the course, now I just need to figure out how to get him moving quicker off the start.
I haven’t written a lot about Kona’s current training regimen because we’ve been so busy in training classes there really hasn’t been a lot of time to write about everything that we’ve been doing. He’s been a busy little dog.
Kona is currently in a weekly competitive obedience class and we also have him enrolled in a 10 week lifestyle training course that we go to 3 times a week. We are doing the 10 week course to complement his competitive obedience training. The 10 week course is outside in mostly busy areas, involves a larger number of dogs of varying sizes and energy levels and it has given us a lot of opportunity to work around many types of distractions. Kona was so unfocused/distracted at the AKC summer show I thought this course would be really helpful as we did it last year with CB and it helped him gain more confidence around other dogs.
With the months of confinement we went thru after Kona’s leg surgery he’s unsure of dogs that are higher energy and can sometimes react to them. And in competitive obedience the dogs that are often competing are higher drive and energy so keeping him calm and focused during the group stays is very important.
A couple of the more beneficial aspects of this course has been the seminars that were included. There was a canine communication seminar, canine health, nutrition and first aid seminars, a handling other dogs session, a dog-dog greeting session as well as a choice of reactive dog or dog play session. This course is pretty well rounded and we enrolled more to have Kona around as many dogs as possible than to focus on skills. But the improvement on his skills has been a wonderful occurrence.
The communications seminar focused on the types of different canine postures and signals and set the stage for the dog-dog greetings as well as the reactive dog or play session. The handling other dogs had your pup with 5 other handlers over a two hour period and the pups were put through the paces of skills work with someone other than their owner.
The course is coming to an end this weekend with a Canine Olympics. I don’t expect we’ll be tops for the sit and down stay competitions but I think we’re already winners since Kona won’t react to other dogs breaking their stay around him.
Since this post is already long I’ll follow-up on the communication and dog-dog greetings seminars next week. We had some varied results with that and it’s a post all it’s own.
CB and Kona helped out with this weeks topic. We headed into downtown Calgary for some sit stays showcasing some of the city’s geometry. A bonus is that I find using different obstacles and objects for stays really works at reinforcing them and being in the busy part of the city adds a few distractions as well.
This last one is like the “Where’s Waldo” of stays. Can you see Kona is this one?
Orthodox Easter celebrations in Korinthos Greece, April 2009. Most of the city was congregated in the central square that Good Friday. It was an amazing sight and not one that would be seen here.