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    **** has a chuckle imagining the concentration and walking into a park bench****

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    me too, chuckling that is.

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    Hi AGB

    I got Frosty to do "focussed heel" ie heel while looking up at me, it's so cute and yes if I keep looking at her too much we risk crashing into things. I started by working on the "watch me" command. I used a clicker for this because eventually I wanted her looking at me and not the treat when I said "watch me" and timing of praise/reward is crucial. And you can do this with clicker in one hand and treat in the other - ie dog off lead. So I'd hold the treat in front of my face, and then gradually move it out to the side at arms length, and say "watch me" and the second she flicked her eyes my way, click and she gets the treat... and gradually up the eye contact head turn requirements, so she only gets the treat when she's held good eye contact with her head pointing at me.

    The other thing that pretty much forces her to watch you is lots of changes in direction, speed and stop starting, including some reversing up if she's out of position. So left about turn, walk fast, right about turn, run, leave it (no mouthing my thigh thanks), halt, back up, forwards, halt again when she's in the right spot, when she is sitting - treat. Then heel, walk normal, slow, right turn, left turn, stand, stay, walk around and pat as you go around her left side, and back to position and treat (if she hasn't moved) etc. But the turns and speed variations are crucial to get her paying attention to you. And remember to get your footwork correct too. Sigh.

    Still anyone who can do a loose lead walk and a heel in the right position and an auto sit on the halts, would be doing better than some of the contestants we had in our last Obedience comp. Though if they bolt on the stays, they're still going to "fail".

    I think Frosty might get an excellent score on her heel work if she decided to do her best on the night, but we'd fail on the sit-stay, and down stay, because she'd lie down when she was supposed to be sitting and sit up when she was supposed to be dropped, and then get bored get up and look for possum poo.

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    I could write a book on the embarrassing, silly and unbelievably stupid things I've done while training, competing or showing dogs.

    Lets take a very very wet stormy night at Castle Hill Show ground. The cars can pull right up close to the rings. My dog is doing stand for examination and right then and there the very same make and model diesel Landcruiser pulls up; person opens door, calls to their dog in side, can't remember exactly what and my dog leaves her stand for examination and soaking wet hops in the front seat of the car. FAILED.

    I've had the, lets head-butt the judge in the confirmation ring.

    And I think the same dog as the first one thought that putting bum in air and barking at dumb-bell during trialling in the CDX ring would be a good idea too.. FAILED....one must not play with the dumb-bell regardless of how well they bring it back.

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    A UDX GSD left the ring in competition & came rushing over to check Spirit out. I was at least 10 feet from the ring. The owner had the audacity to come charging out & blamed me. I asked him to pull out his rule book & point out the error. The VCA rep found me & apologised. Pressure does some strange things to people at a comp ...

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    What an idiot. I apologised profusely to the owner of the car, after all she was very very wet.

    If it hadn't been the exact same car she probably wouldn't of done it because she was car crazy and could pick a diesel toyota from a mile away. But it was just one more thing we had to work on. **** happens. Lots with dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I could write a book on the embarrassing, silly and unbelievably stupid things I've done while training, competing or showing dogs.

    Lets take a very very wet stormy night at Castle Hill Show ground. The cars can pull right up close to the rings. My dog is doing stand for examination and right then and there the very same make and model diesel Landcruiser pulls up; person opens door, calls to their dog in side, can't remember exactly what and my dog leaves her stand for examination and soaking wet hops in the front seat of the car. FAILED.

    I've had the, lets head-butt the judge in the confirmation ring.

    And I think the same dog as the first one thought that putting bum in air and barking at dumb-bell during trialling in the CDX ring would be a good idea too.. FAILED....one must not play with the dumb-bell regardless of how well they bring it back.


    Thanks Mac! That's given me a really good laugh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi AGB

    I got Frosty to do "focussed heel" ie heel while looking up at me, it's so cute and yes if I keep looking at her too much we risk crashing into things. I started by working on the "watch me" command. I used a clicker for this because eventually I wanted her looking at me and not the treat when I said "watch me" and timing of praise/reward is crucial. And you can do this with clicker in one hand and treat in the other - ie dog off lead. So I'd hold the treat in front of my face, and then gradually move it out to the side at arms length, and say "watch me" and the second she flicked her eyes my way, click and she gets the treat... and gradually up the eye contact head turn requirements, so she only gets the treat when she's held good eye contact with her head pointing at me.

    The other thing that pretty much forces her to watch you is lots of changes in direction, speed and stop starting, including some reversing up if she's out of position. So left about turn, walk fast, right about turn, run, leave it (no mouthing my thigh thanks), halt, back up, forwards, halt again when she's in the right spot, when she is sitting - treat. Then heel, walk normal, slow, right turn, left turn, stand, stay, walk around and pat as you go around her left side, and back to position and treat (if she hasn't moved) etc. But the turns and speed variations are crucial to get her paying attention to you. And remember to get your footwork correct too. Sigh.

    Still anyone who can do a loose lead walk and a heel in the right position and an auto sit on the halts, would be doing better than some of the contestants we had in our last Obedience comp. Though if they bolt on the stays, they're still going to "fail".

    I think Frosty might get an excellent score on her heel work if she decided to do her best on the night, but we'd fail on the sit-stay, and down stay, because she'd lie down when she was supposed to be sitting and sit up when she was supposed to be dropped, and then get bored get up and look for possum poo.


    I can understand that one, but it still gives me a good giggle!

    Thank you very much! We're going to be doing some practice after finding out what's wrong with his little toothies

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    Oh stick around, that's just scratching the surface.

    Remind me to tell you the story of Melbourne Royal one day.

    Got to run, kids to pick up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    What an idiot. I apologised profusely to the owner of the car, after all she was very very wet.

    If it hadn't been the exact same car she probably wouldn't of done it because she was car crazy and could pick a diesel toyota from a mile away. But it was just one more thing we had to work on. **** happens. Lots with dogs.
    Gives a whole new meaning to the term "petrol head".

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