This is the start of self control training, I like to start it inside where there's nothing to distract her. This give's her as good a chance as possible of being successful.
Just a short clip of Wispa's recall training, starting to move into new environments.
I have also added some info about our plans to the planned litters page :)
I love training my puppies, it's like having a blank canvass and you can learn from what you've done with your other dog's to make this one's learning experience smoother and more fun. Here's a video of Wispa's first session on recalls, she was fab, she has a strong chase drive so I am using that to my advantage by encouraging her to chase the toy instead of anything else. I like to get my other dog's around when I'm training as soon as possible, it's good for the puppy to learn that I'm more fun than anything else and good for the older dog to know that they can be involved without being the centre of attention all of the time.
De was scanned on Thursday and is pregnant so we are expecting puppies on 15th November so we will be needing lots of paper. I will put a box in the barn so if anyone wants to donate some they can put it in there.
For a while now my dad has been looking for a part trained sheepdog to cover for Dee while she is having her puppies and also to give him a 2nd dog when Dee is busy doing agility. 3 weeks ago he found one, a very pretty ISDS registered bitch and she was only in Worcester, when he showed me her advert on the website I also noticed a very pretty pup that they had. She was 3/4 collie 1/4 jack russel with a mostly black face and a little white nose. So we arranged to go and see the bitch for dad and I was adamant I wasn't going to get the pup (I took some money just in case though). We saw the bitch work and decided that she was what we were looking for, she's quite gentle on the sheep so they don't move as fast as they do for Ty and Flake who aren't really suited to our small flock ( they need a few hundred on the side of a mountain). Before we left I asked to see the pup, she jumped straight onto my lap then ran off and found a rubber glove to play with, I couldn't not have her.
So I've had her 3 week's now and she is brilliant, cheeky and naughty and cuddly (she has slept in my bed since day 1). Right now she is on the floor in my office, she has shredded all of the waste paper and has now moved onto a tennis ball. She managed to hurt her leg in the van last week and has been teething like crazy so I haven't been able to do much training with her but I am really looking forward to starting.
This is something that has been valued in many sports for years yet people don't seem to see the benefit of it in agility until they get to international level. It's something I find really interesting and have considered training in but as someone who's not very academic I need to find a way of learning about it that works for me.
One of the reasons I'm interested in it is that I struggle with my nerves and confidence.
I doubt myself all of the time and I'm very hard on myself.
I have learnt way's to control my nerves through trial and error which has taken a while, I have read allot of book's and been to a couple of sports psychology seminars which has really helped my performance. I would love to attend more seminars on this subject but there aren't very many available so I am hoping to host one myself.
I would like to get Mark Laker to come and do a day seminar sometime early next year, If this is something you would like to do please let me know as I can only run it if I have enough interest.
Chippenham was my last show of the year, the weather was perfect, the ground was perfect for the dog's to run on, there were lot's of nice people there. It was just a really lovely weekend. Ty was particularly good coming 4th in the Champ final with a stunning round. It was the best I have ever felt during a run, I was excited to run with this amazing dog, I was in control of my nerves and we enjoyed every second of it.
Here's the video
I was swiftly brought back down to earth the next day, all of my dog's are now having a 3 month break from agility so I planned to do some herding with Ty and Flake to keep them fit and give them something to focus on. Ty did some nice work with the sheep in a pen, I got him to lie down away from the sheep for a break and when he got up he wouldn't use his back leg. I thought he had done his cruciate which for an almost 8 year old agility dog would be pretty bad news. He has now had x-rays which didn't show anything, that's partly good because it means he had blown his cruciate but it would be nice to know why he went so lame. It's 2 weeks on now and he is sound and I am working with the Smart clinic to get him fit again. If he goes lame again he will probably have an MRI to see if there is something serious going on but at the moment we are hoping it was a soft tissue injury.
The thought of never doing agility with Ty again was horrible, he give's me his all on every run (sometimes more than I can cope with!). He has taught me more than I thought there was to know and I feel that I haven't yet given him the chance to prove just how good he is. If I do get to run him again I will repay him by giving him my all in every run and not letting my nerves ruin his chance to prove how good he is.
I'll write about the new puppy soon :)
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