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Old 09-01-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Finally got someone to film us training - these are not brilliant quality, but they show the progress we're making (and most importantly I can see what i'm doing wrong!)

Thought people might be interested in 'The Naughty One' and his fun 'work'


Here we go - not amazing quality and we make a few mistakes in them but you can see he's getting there ... hope they work!

http://s246.photobucket.com/albums/g...t=SDC12084.mp4

http://s246.photobucket.com/albums/g...t=SDC12077.mp4

http://s246.photobucket.com/albums/g...t=SDC12074.mp4
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Congrats Mel!! I hope you're having fun. You both look good and are progressing nicely.

I hate to do this, but honestly, there should only be one dog off lead at a time in an agility field. When the other dogs ran after you in the third video...oh my. This can lead to serious inuries if the dogs were to meet up while doing the wrong equipment. I've seen some pretty bad mishaps because of that bad classroom management. I'll be honest. I won't put my dogs at risk in that kind of environment. Be VERY careful. I hate always pointing out such things, but agility safety is SO important. It's terrible to watch a dog get unnecessarily inured and possibly in pain for life over something as simple as leashing or crating dogs not on the course. And it's something a person new to the sport wouldn't think twice about. So, FYI.
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No worries - I see your point now you say it. It's a very relaxed setting for the training and the dogs do just tend to blast about but tend to keep separated, usually when i've got Oscar running at full height the others are either crated or on leads.

I hadn't really thought about them getting injured to be honest - but thanks for the warning and it is something I will ensure doesn't happen again as I would hate for that to happen. That was a bit of a mishap as the two dogs that ran after us I thought were being held back - the others don't tend to follow normally. I always leash Oscar when others are running as he would chase and go nuts, he jumps up and down squealing on his lead when it's not his turn
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What neat stuff. Goofy Boy Becomes Agile Boy. Clearly he loves it. I think even if Ming could see he'd be like, "nah, too much work."
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Good. I'm glad it will be controlled. I sure can tell he's having fun though. And you are handling well for your level, btw. I bet competition is in your future!
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What I find funny is, this dog you had such issues with, who wouldn't listen etc is off leash and so FULL focused on you. A slight angel on the hand and he's there, turning back into the tunnel over and over again..

How is he on and off lead now adays? still pulling? still deaf when running away or has that changed?
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The videos are great! Oscar looks wonderful and I agree with Monkey, he is so focused on you.
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Fantastic, I love it.....what a happy dog he is!

I did laugh at the dogs chasing after him on the last clip - I thought he ignored them beautifully. Nellie would have obliterated the lot of them. Thats why we'll never be allowed to an agility class.

Was that Simba, strolling around in two of the clips? Aww, she does look morose at the fun Oscar is having. I'm still faintly fascinated by her, probably because she and Nellie are both bonkers....I see so much of her body language in Nellie.

I'm hoping to do a little "home" agility here, one day we might get to as good a standard as you and Oscar! In the safety of our own back garden, of course........

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Thank you all - Oscar REALLY loves agility, our trainer said his enthusiasm is sky high, he really wants to work which is why I think he focusses so well on me. I'm delighted with him as there are other dogs who train with us who will do it but not with his drive and enthusiasm.

Agility - i'm really pleased you think i'm handling him well! I'm still very much learning how to run a course so that he knows where to go next, that's what we were practising last night. With his long stride he has a habit of missing the contacts on the dogwalk and the A frame so i'm trying to get him to follow my hand so I can control that.

He is actually entered in his first competition on 4th October He'll be doing 2 agility runs (without weaves and seesaw at this show), 2 jumping classes and a speed jumping class. It's a good 'beginner' show as it has secure rings apparently, i'm incredibly nervous but we're going to practice, practice, practice and keep it fun for him.

Monkey - he does focus well doesn't he! Yvonne says he is very keen to get things right and please me, which is fantastic considering how 'deaf' he was. I'm certain it has helped other areas of his training, I don't have anywhere near the problems with him now that I used to and he definitely listens to me now.

Sue, that was Simba you saw. She tends to just watch and potter around out of the way. Mr Mel was there with her (filming). She does jumping and tunnels but we have to put all the other dogs away or she gets nervous and won't 'perform'. She's been coming with us just to get used to the environment week by week and she's a LOT more relaxed now than she was - but I leave the car boot open for her and she gets in and out as and when she wants - it's her 'safe place'.

Oscar is very good with the other dogs - the westie that chased him was a 'problem' dog a few months ago and she is like a slippery eel at times, but she's taken to the agility well and it's made a big difference.

We love it and can't wait for training to come around each week - it was getting dark last night but soon we'll swap to weekends - I really hope Oscar and I have a future of small competitions etc as it's really nice to have found something he loves, and I enjoy.
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Thats the power of playtime training. People wonder why I put so much emphasis on play obedience, where I rough house with toys and do sit, down with speed, toss the toy, play tug with it, etc. It creates an amazing bond and focus. a lot of people truly underestimate what having fun with your dog in a training fashion can do with the obedience level. Its fun to see how quickly he has gotten so much better.

I have to say it was so cute to see little simba waggle around, her fur makes her butt look BIG but don't tell her I said so
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