Sunday, December 19, 2010

Distractions

In Attendance:

Jolene/Kort
Judy/Roxy
Liz/Lupine
Kim/Bosley
Maureen/Crawford
Julia/Tea
Amanda/Pixel

We had a great practice this afternoon.
We were joined by Judi & her dogs Drummer & Token, Sharlet & her dog Ryder, & Deb who was box loading today.
It gave the dogs some new distractions, new dogs & lots of noise to work in.
The team is coming along super & starting in January we will be officially competing!..yikes!
Merry Christmas to all, see you in the New Year !

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday Practice

Sunday December 19, 2010 @ 2pm.

See you then !

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't Forget !



Don't forget we are having one more practice before this weekend!

See you Wed Nov 17 @ 7 pm :))

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Practice

In Attendance:

Jolene/Kort
Donni/Betty, Zydeco
Julia/Tea
Judy/Roxy
Amanda/Pixel
Kim/Bosley
Maureen/Crawford

We managed to sneak in one more practice today as we won't be having another one for about a month.

Tea showed us how hard she had been working & was flying across all 4 jumps to retrieve her dumbbell, way to go Julia & Tea!!
We basically worked on our passing & doing everything as if in a trial. We even had a whistle blown to start the race!

Next practice will be Nov 28, 2-3 pm.
See you then !

Thursday, October 28, 2010

In Attendance:

Donni/Zydeco,Molly
Daryl/Betty
Kim/Bosley
Maureen/Crawford
Judy/Roxy
Amanda/Pixel
Liz/Lupine
Jolene/Kort

What We Did:

We worked really hard tonight :) We were able to set up 2 lanes with 4 jumps for the first time thanks to Judy's amazing husband! He made us a set of jumps & they are gorgeous! Kim is taking them home to paint them & make them all pretty :) Thanks Kim!

We started off by placing a food bowl out at the end of the jumps, the dogs only got their reward if they took all 4 jumps. It wasn't long before they were all speeding up to the bowl.

We did some more distractions while the dogs raced...Liz had a stuffed toy & threw it up in the air & let it drop as the dogs ran by... I know Roxy & Kort couldn't resist , and maybe Bosley, but every one else did well.


It was wonderful to see Betty taking the jump & bring her dumbbell back over. Zydeco was super focused & also took his jump each time & brought the dumbbell back. Crawford is coming along very quickly, retrieving & bringing back his dumbbell quickly, he is working on being a quiet corgi too ! :))

We found out that we can "shadow" people during the scenthurdle races in Lethbridge at the end of Nov...this way we can see what each job consists of up close & personal.

And super exciting news....we may be able to practice with the other 4 teams after the official races in Lethbridge. This will be just fantastic for the dogs as well as the new handlers!

We have had to change our practice day to Sundays due to the start up of agility practice again.

All in all a great night!

Next practice Sunday Oct 31 ( BOO ! )...11am-12
See you then!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Distractions

In Attendance:

Amanda/Pixel
Judy/Roxy
Jolene/Kort
Maureen/Crawford
Kim/Bosley

What we did:

Tonight we worked with distractions on both sides of the jumps, toys, food bowls etc. Each dog went off course to check out the new stuff laying on the floor!, (all except Pixel that is!!) Much more work on this in coming practices!
We worked on passing more effectively so we won't loose any time in matches to come. It became obvious tonight also that some dogs can't go last or they don't want to work LOL! (Kort!)
This is actually interesting to me, Kort totally rocks it if he is first, just don't put him last, he thinks that is boring !

Next practice Thurs. Oct 28th, remember the new time 7pm
See you then !

Last Week

Hey!...this is what we did last week Oct. 14.....better late then never!

In Attendance:

Judy/Roxy
Amanda/Pixel
Maureen/Crawford
Liz/Lupine
Kim/Bosley
Judy/Roxy
Jolene/Kort

What we did:

Tonight we worked at the box only, we split up into 2 groups & trained to get our dogs to search each square. We also worked on getting them to walk "around" the box, rather then through it or on top of it :)( Pixel !) We put a pail in the middle of the box to encourage the dogs to go around it.
It worked quite well actually.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coming Along

In Attendance:

Maureen/Crawford
Julia/Tea
Kim/Bosley
Judy/Roxy
Amanda/Pixel
Jolene/Kort

What we did:

Tonight we started right off with running the jumps to a full box, making sure we followed the rules as if we were in a real race.
We watched as Tea fetched her dumbbell & Crawford took 2 jumps to retrieve his dumbbell off the box!
Yeah team!

We tried on some vests that Kim very nicely picked up from Logos.....& we talked about whether or not we would be ready for Lethbridge to compete. We will see how we do out at Cowley this weekend then make up our minds.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

In Attendance:

Jolene/Kort
Daryl/Molly & Betty
Amanda/Pixel
Maureen/Crawford
Kim/Bosley
Judy/Roxy

What we Did:

We started out tonight with 2 teams running at the same time. The dogs were great for the most part, it was definitely different for them to run while other dogs were running at the same time.

It was great to see Betty taking her dumbbell then coming back over 1 jump with it!...hurray for Betty!

Crawford is coming along quickly as well...he LOVES his dumbbell & can hardly wait to pick it up. Good Boy!

Molly & Wicca also got to have some fun at the end of the night & ran a couple of times.

Kim has taken home the extra dumbbells & is painting them...thanks Kim!
We all owe $3.50 to Amanda for them.

Amanda is going to need our paperwork next week so she can get it sent in to make things official.

Next practice is Thurs Sept 30th, see you then!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Awesome Practice!

In Attendance:

Amanda/Pixel
Daryl/Betty
Donni/Zydeco,Molly
Jolene/Kort
Kim/Bosley
Judy/Roxy
Maureen/Crawford
Liz/Lupine

What we did:

Tonight as usual we started with some scent discrimination on the floor. We then split up into 2 teams & worked with a full box for the first time! All the dogs were amazing, we are coming along great!
3 of the dogs, Crawford, Zydeco & Betty, are not quite ready to race yet. They worked on sending over the jumps, & Zydeco worked on retrieving on the box with 1, then 2 dummy dumbbells. They are really catching on quickly & will be ready to race with us in no time!!

Liz brought out one of the vests she is making for the dogs to wear, we all tried it on our dogs, they looked so cute :))

Amanda put together the video below to show the team in action......
Enjoy!




Next practice will be on Thurs. Sept 23
See you then !

Monday, September 6, 2010

Outside Practise

In Attendance:

Jolene/Kort
Amanda/Pixel aka stealer of the cheese :))
Maureen/Crawford...Welcome!!!
Julia/Tea
Donni/Molly & Zydeco
Daryl/Betty
Judy/Roxy


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What We Did:

Seeing as this was a new environment, & outside we did some basics.
We started with hiding the dumbbell & asking the dog to find it.
Then we did some scent discrimination using 2 dumbbells, it was a bit harder for the dogs to focus as we were outside with alot of distractions, & there were lots of yummy smells in the grass!
We did restrained recalls over 4 jumps, then went into the retrieving from the box. The dogs did super for the most part but you could see they were not quite as dependable in this new environment. All the more reason to keep challenging the dogs in new places.

Thank you to Donni & Daryl for the hospitality & yummy lemonade & brownies!

Next Practice, Thurs Sept. 9 @ 8pm. Paws On The Run
see you there!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Coming Together !

In Attendance:

Julia- Tea
Kim- Bosley
Donni- Molly
Judy- Roxy
Amanda- Pixel
Jolene- Kort

What we did:

We worked on discrimination on the flat, first using 2 dumbbells, then 3.
After we went to the box, we started with 2, then 3, then finally 4 ! The dogs are doing great !!
It sure is fun to see them carefully sniffing & looking for their dumbbells!

We also had a discussion on team "uniforms". We have decided to go with vests & the colour will be black with a red logo.
The dogs will have black with red piping & red numbers! We should all look pretty spiffy :))

Sarah is working to come up with a logo, & Liz has offered to make the dog vests...thanks guys!!!

We will be having another practice on Mon. Sept 6 at 4pm. We will be going to Donni's house for something different, should be fun!

See you there!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Back To Practice

Tonight we had a practice after taking the spring/summer off. I (Jolene) will be filling in as blog reporter for Amanda :))

In Attendance:

Amanda- Pixel
Kim- Bosley
Judy- Roxy
Jolene- Kort

What we did:

We worked on more scent discrimination on the box as well as running as a team .
The dogs seemed to be very happy about starting up again and everyone did super well!
We are hoping to be ready to compete in November at our Lethbridge show! :))

I have also taken the box home & will be painting it with our colour (red)

Amanda picked up numbers for the dumbbells & I must say they look pretty fancy with them on!
Your number will be as follows:

Lupine 8
Wicca 11
Kort 5
Bosley 3
Roxy 2
Tea 1
Pixel 4
Molly 7
GG- 9


We are also sorry to hear that Sarah & Gyp will not be able to be on the team. :((

Next practice will be on Thurs. Sept 2nd @ 8:00........hope everyone can make it !

Friday, April 9, 2010

April 8th Practice

In Attendance:

lupine
tea
zydeco
kort
bosley
gyp
pixel
roxy

What we did

Sending up the line to the box with a food bowl on it. This worked great to give the dogs confidence to race to the box and back to us. Pixel is the only one still missing the first jump. :o)

Sending to the box with a dumbbell with two jumps.

Sending to the box with a dumbbell with four jumps.

We started both of these exercises by running with the dog, and built up to just sending them alone.

Ended on discrimination- again everyone is doing a super job. It's neat to see the wheels turn when the dogs accidentally grab, or sniff at the wrong dumbbell. We had LOTS of success last night with this.

Next time we are going to work on just Box Work- teaching the dogs to check all four spots by going around the box and not through the box :o) This will make our box loader a little happier.

More discrimination- we will work on the flat but with four dumbbells set out in the layout of the box. Once the dog is solid we will move to the box.

More jumping- we need to get our dogs to chase us back down the line and encourage more speed on the way back. Some dogs still need to work on turning back to the jumps off the box. (PIXEL!)

We've also decided that November will be our first official race. I will start the paperwork in the next few months.

Oh- and our box and dumbbells arrived and will be painted and ready to go next week! We are meeting on Thursday the 15th at 7:40.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

NEWS!!!

As a group we chose a name and team colors. We are going to call ourselves No Nonscents! Jolene came up with the name and we all thought it was super cute. We also chose Red/Black as our team colors with Red being the main colors.

I have the box ordered, and jumps are being made. I also have everyone's dumbbell sizes so I can order those aswell.

We're almost set!

Practice #2

Huge Improvements all around!!! We were able to get a lot done today and everyone did an awesome job.

Attendance:

kort
gyp
gg
tea
roxy
bosley
pixel
zydeco
molly

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What we did:

fetching on the flat as a warm up
scent discrimination- the dogs all did really well with this and were actually making the correct choice all on their own. We built up from having a different looking dummy (plastic or bigger) to having two similar looking dummies side by side!!
Recalls over 4 jumps- we are getting lots of speed and confidence now.
Sending up the line to food bowl on box and back down. We pushed for tighter passing, and got some really nice tight turns on the box.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Practice #1

We had out first ever Lethbridge Scenthurdle practice!

It was a lot of fun and I hope that you guys have a better idea now of what's involved and what you need to work on.

Attendance:
Donnie- Zydeco
Daryl- Betty
Sarah- Gyp
Sandy- Sadie
Jolene- Kort
Judy- Roxy
Julia- GG/Tea
Kim- Bosley
Liz- Lupine
Amanda- Pixel

What we did:
Basic Dummy work- fetching
Box work- placing single dumbbell on box and sending dog
Restrained recall over 4 jumps-
Sending over 4 jumps to a food bowl and coming back over 4 jumps to owner.

Next time:
I expect improved fetching from those of you who have to work on it.
Discrimination. For the dogs who will readily fetch we'll start working on scent discrimination
More sending over jumps to food bowl and coming back.
Adding in passing.
Box Work- teaching dogs to go around box instead of over it. :o)

We are going to meet on Sunday, March 21st. at 1:30 at Paws on the Run