I ran a fun competition on Sunday which was a great success, evryone really enjoyed it and there were some great results. The weather was lovely which helped to make a lovely relaxing day. Thanks goes to Kev for judging, Kath for timing, John for doing scores whilst making lot's of inapropriate coments and Irana for doing all of the preparation and organising evryone on the day. I hope we can do another one this summer but it probably won't be until August now as im competing every weekend through June and July.
Lee Windeatt is back on 7th June, have a look at the guest trainers page for details.
My dog's had a chill out week last week with lot's of walk's, yesterday i did grid work with them, today I will do some work on running courses, tomorrow we will do a long walk on the mendip's, Thursday I will do a tiny bit of work on basics then Friday will be a rest day and we will be traveling to Nottingham show. I really like this show and im doing Packington on Monday so im going to be seriousley tired after that but hopefully we will get some good results :)
This is what Holly and Flake won at Vyne. I really enjoyed this show, the weather was great and we had a lovely group of Diamond members sat around the champ ring and supporting each other. Holly got an extra G5 win and Flake was 3rd in the same class. Ty was 11th in the Olympia qualifier and 11th in Champ agility.
Flake also won G5 agility, here is the run.
This is what Ty and Flake won at Tunbridge wells, the weather wasn't too good on Saturday. The groud was wet and later in the day it got very windy. I was going in to the ring worrying about my dog's so didn't run them as well as I could of so the only clear I got was with Emmy which got her 8th place. On Sunday the weather was better and Flake got 2nd and in G5 jumping and 1st in G5 agility and Ty was 3rd in G6,7 agility which was the crufts points qualifier so he got 8 points towards crufts, we need about 14 to get there :)
Holly did some brilliant runs with just the odd mistake which was mainly because I wasn't trying very hard with her knowing that she didn't need any wins.. Zazu cam too, it was his first camping show this year and he loved it, he is so easy to have around the rings, as long as he's got somebody to cuddle he's happy.
This is Holly's novice olympia run, I was really happy with this she just had one pole down because I changed side in a stupid place, if she wasn't already qualified I would be really cross with myself.
This is Ty's Olympia run, he jumped over the end of the dogwalk which again is my fault for calling him too much, hardly anyone was getting round this, im not sure why.
Im really happy with how my dog's are going, my next show is Nottingham then a few of us are doing Packington on the way back on the Monday (thanks to Kath) it will be Holly's first G6 show which is really exciting :)
Holly, I did a bit with her on Monday and she slipped going after a ball and went down quite heavily on her back right leg, she seemed fine at the time but after sleeping for a couple of hours she got up on 3 leg's. She walked it off pretty quickley but i've rested her since, I will do a little bit with her on Sunday to check that she is ok to compete on Mon. Most of her training has reached a point where I am happy with it so im just tweaking little thing like getting her looking ahead better on contatcs and crossing behind tunnels which she hates. Wait's however are taking a bit more effort, now she's going into G6 I really need a wait so ive been working loads on this. She's starting to get it at home so I feel that I can start re-inforcing the wait in competitions, the next 2 she will be in G5 and there are no qualifiers that I want to try for so I will insist on a wait and take her out if she doesn't do it.
Emmy is finally getting her contacts, for so long I have worked towards getting fast contacts with her and she just hasn't got it. So at Lincoln I made her slow down on the dogwalk and think about what she was doing and it seemed to help, over the weekend I slowed her down less and she still got the contact. Her A-frames wern't so good which is a bit frustrating as they are very good at home so I've got Sara to train her in a couple of my lessons this week so that she is doing her contacts in a more exciting environment. Everything else is pretty good, im working on getting her more confident and independant in the weaves using the manners minder which she thinks is great fun.
Ty is pretty much fully trained, the one thing I had a lot of trouble with las year was his A-frame, he would step over the contact with his front feet then put his back feet on which was fine when we were doing a training round but when I was pushing for a faster time I would release him too soon and he would get 5f.
I've been repeating the A-frame if he doesn't hit the contact with his front feet and rewarding him with food to put more value in the contact position than in the release and this seems to be working so far. Evrything else is down to me, if I make the right decisions and hanle mi properly we do ok.
My parents are away at the Belgian shepherd World Championships in Slovinia this week so im looking after 10 of our dog's plus we have 2 boarding with us and all of the chickens sheep and horses and my sister although Nan is here to help with that bit. I've done between 6 and 7 hours teaching a day this week, tomorrow is a quiet day then Lee is here Saturday, another quiet day Sunday before Vyne Champ show on Monday wich im really looking forward to :)
I've been looking for something different to feed my dog's for a while now, im not happy with giving them grains which they can't digest but most foods that arn't grain based are very expensive. I have been in touch with Canagan this week who have agreed for me to be a stockist, this is a really good food which is meat made of completley digestable ingredients so im really hoping the dog's like it. I will be keeping a small amount in stock but if you would like me to order anything specially then I can and it will come the next day. I will also be suplementing it with mince and bone from my sponsors Raw 2 Paw.
I said in the last blog that I would be writing a bit about each of the dog's training so today I will do Flake and Zazu.
Flake is so lovely to work with, she's desperate to please and love's her toy's. I have taught her running contacts which went really well to start with but I think I did too much work on teaching her turns so she started to back off which isn't really what I want, I've managed to get her driving forward better again but her performance still wasn't as consistent as I would like so I decided to teach her a stopped contact as well. This gives me a consistent contact and a supper fast contact so the best of both. I was aiming to teach her to stop in a 2o2o position but she has decided that she prefers a 4 off lying down position which I am happy with. I've also been working on her jumping technique, being so small means she need's to have a good understanding of jumping even more than bigger dog's. I've been doing lot's of hill walking with her which has developed allot of muscle along her and has helped to get her moving and jumping in a better way which in turn is helping to develope more muscles in the right places. Here's a video of what I did with her yesterday.
Zazu is like a stroppy teenager at the moment but he's so funny I can't take him sereously. Last week weaving was he's strongest thing but he's getting impatient with the now and can't be bothered with staying in them, I think he needs to develop more strength to be able to do them well, im really pleased with his contacts. He seems to really understand what I want, I had moved his jumps up to standard and he was doing them ok but started to back off a bit so i've put them down again to build up his confidence. He's probably got another year to eighteen months until he is full muscled so I really don't want to push him. Here's a video of his training yesterday, there's more on my youtube channel.
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