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Old 01-02-2018, 10:48 AM
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Aspen Update!

I'm not putting this in her training thread (or maybe I'll double post there just to keep track) because I like feedback!


This past week, I was off of school and work so I spent a lot of time with Aspen and my horse. It was too cold to do much with Sonny (horse) but Aspen got to do lots of fun stuff!

12/26 - we went swimming. Aspen did well although she doesn't love being in the water. I'd like to build her confidence in the water so I'm trying to take her swimming through the winter. I kayak with her and I want to be sure that if my kayak tips, she can keep her wits about her to make it to land. She does wear a life vest. (Not great quality photos- the lighting in the room was really weird)

12/27 - we met up with a group of trainers and rented a facility. We mostly all did our own thing but it was nice to have the opportunity to train obedience with distractions!

http://youtu.be/tyB24aUK9Ng

12/28 - Aspen got to try a new sport: barn hunt! She was a total natural! We showed her the tube and she was like, "oh this smells cool"... then the rat moved and she was like, "HECK YEAH!" During one of our runs, she even came across a tube, sniffed it and walked away. I looked at the trainer and asked if she missed it. The trainer said that it was a decoy tube- no rat- so it was awesome that Aspen ignored it.

http://youtu.be/TnK7EYiGduA

12/29 - Flyball Friday we play flyball every Friday night

12/30 - I took her swimming again. She was a bit more nervous this time so I may try a new place. This was a rehab facility and I may try going to a sports facility with her. In addition to kayaking, I want her to be comfortable in the water just in case we ever need to use it for rehabbing an injury.

12/31 - Rest day!

1/1 - I expected to just work her at home but a friend called and asked if I wanted to rent a training facility for a few hours with her. I, of course, jumped at the chance. We got to use the FitPaws equipment that I don't have (yet) and I worked on some heeling and hind end awareness. I only recently decided to teach Aspen to heel. She's not doing too badly but I do want her closer to me. My friend brought her puppy and Aspen played with the pup for a bit.

http://youtu.be/mIWHSIw6QvI

http://youtu.be/JaruCgsKryM

http://youtu.be/_az1S-cdUgE

It was a really great week for us... and now, we're back to reality haha
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Hmm... idk why my videos showed up as links...
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Try taking the s out so that it's just http://

Sounds like you and Aspen had a blast!
Can't wait to watch the vids in a bit here!
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She had so much fun When I have the time to devote to her, I really feel like it strengthens our bond even more.
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12/27 - we met up with a group of trainers and rented a facility. We mostly all did our own thing but it was nice to have the opportunity to train obedience with distractions!

https://youtu.be/tyB24aUK9Ng
Looking good! Nice distance and seemed comfy to me! Another dog playing nearby is difficult!


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12/28 - Aspen got to try a new sport: barn hunt! She was a total natural! We showed her the tube and she was like, "oh this smells cool"... then the rat moved and she was like, "HECK YEAH!" During one of our runs, she even came across a tube, sniffed it and walked away. I looked at the trainer and asked if she missed it. The trainer said that it was a decoy tube- no rat- so it was awesome that Aspen ignored it.

https://youtu.be/TnK7EYiGduA
Go Aspen!
She really does seem to enjoy the game.
You should give trialing a try! Bet she would do really well!

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1/1 - I expected to just work her at home but a friend called and asked if I wanted to rent a training facility for a few hours with her. I, of course, jumped at the chance. We got to use the FitPaws equipment that I don't have (yet) and I worked on some heeling and hind end awareness. I only recently decided to teach Aspen to heel. She's not doing too badly but I do want her closer to me. My friend brought her puppy and Aspen played with the pup for a bit.

https://youtu.be/mIWHSIw6QvI
She's moving pretty well! Liked that quick bunny hop back onto the platform.

If you plan to build on this for straight backing away from you, try clicking for placing back feet on the platform, but rewarding right in front of you, center of your body so that she comes forward off the platform. The click will still tell her what she did correctly but the reward placement resets for her to back up again immediately. It'll help achieve her backing independently of you (you can stand still or do something else rather then go with her) if that's something you would want. I have some video of my guys working on this if you want a visual

Nice attitude and attention! She seems to be enjoying this game!
Her sits looked pretty straight and tight to me as well!(Dexter needs to take a lesson from Aspen on that! He sits straight, but likes to have his outside leg out so he's a bit on a hip. Sigh. Good things sits are rare in Rally FrEe).

To get her closer, watch how you halt. You tend to take a step in towards her which is pushing her out. You can experiment with reward placement as well. The hand closest to the dog (left hand if dog is on the left, right hand if on right side) and close to handler body tends to be best ime.

Also be aware of your shoulder and upper body. For many dogs that left shoulder back causes lagging (signals a left where dogs needs to slow down to execute vs. forwards where dogs need to match pace and rights where they needs to increase speed.) and sometimes crooked sits on halts.
I am so awful about this myself. It's so easy for it to become a habbit with small and many medium dogs, which is why I mentioned it! I wish I had been told much earlier, before it became a habbit.

That puppy is adorable and Aspen was so good with him/her! She's going to be a great big sis when your puppy comes!

Oh! The second pic! Love the collar and look at those thigh muscles! She's in nice shape!

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@kmes thank you SO much for the feedback!!

Re: hind end stuff - I'd love to see a video if you have one handy. I am really struggling with teaching her to back up (straight). Here I set up a little chute. She doesn't naturally ever offer a back. She'll sit or curve her body. It's really tough haha

Re: heeling. Good tips! So funny how we do things with our body and don't even realize it!

I'm hoping to sign up for a rally class this spring to get some one on one help with this.
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@kmes thank you SO much for the feedback!!

Re: hind end stuff - I'd love to see a video if you have one handy. I am really struggling with teaching her to back up (straight). Here I set up a little chute. She doesn't naturally ever offer a back. She'll sit or curve her body. It's really tough haha
Here's some backing footage. It's all old so not the best but...

Very beginning explanation with Leggs I had taken for someone. Prior step was some work on ''magnetizing'' the back foot target. I did a bit at the very beginning (multiple c+t's) but prior had rewarded with treats tossed behind and to the sides, clicking for returning to that target with 2o2o.


A little later iirc. Not too much distance yet.
https://www.facebook.com/kelly.stilson.3/videos/vb.100000973442121/921385341237239/?type=2&video_source=user_video_tab

Dexter still in pipes but further along.

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is some footage with only target, no pipes of Dexter on my instagram too.

The chute is good as it'll help ''make her correct'' via limiting options to get to the backfoot platform.

After you get some movement you might want to transition to something low. Several of the dogs in Dexter's Rally FrEe classes just hopped over the low pipes so played with a taller setup. But then the owners kept them in for too long and a really hard time transitioning away likely because it was such a huge visual cue. The low pipes should be out of the dog's vision or at least much less so than taller sides helping to fade them away. And I also think ultimately they aid in making the dog more aware of what they are doing with their feet. With a wall or something tall, they bump with their hips. They bump the pipes with their feet.

Leggs wanted to sit a lot too early on. In general, looking behind dogs towards the target helps tons! With Leggs, I think he didn't have a great understanding of 2o2oinitially so defaulted to a sit because it had paid a lot in the past when he was facing me. I just hand targeted into a stand so he could try again. Iirc he also tended to sit early on if I tried to help prompt him by leaning forward with my upper body. He did better with just a little step forward with one foot and me keeping straight.

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Re: heeling. Good tips! So funny how we do things with our body and don't even realize it!

I'm hoping to sign up for a rally class this spring to get some one on one help with this.
It really is! And dogs pick up and cue off of those tiny details all the time.

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Thanks! I'll watch these after work!
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