Elizabeth and Beckett were there, Brian brought the adorable Ms. Maisy Jane, Jane brought Finn, and Robin had her NEW PUPPY Via!
Buzz and I have been working on crating more than half-heartedly lately, trying to determine if his poor crate behavior is due to a lack of training, or possible cognitive issues. The last two nights he has settled nicely after a walk and some down-time before bed time. When we arrived at training group this morning, we took a short walk with Beckett and then he crated up nicely at the training center. Very few barks and only in one instance. I'm trying to keep better records of his behavior in general, so this is definitely something I need to pay attention to. When, why, and for how long does he bark.
After crating adult dogs so we could PLAY WITH THE PUPPY, we actually got to work.
Robin had us do a warm up heeling/loose leash walking on both sides activity. Three dogs milled around with their handlers and nobody had a collision. That impressed me. I thought for sure I'd hit a pole or a dog or someone else, but nope! (Confession time: I've never been in a group obedience class...) Buzz had quite a few no-sits and I was trying to work on my clicker mechanics (don't reach for the treat until after clicking) so then we stopped movement exercises and worked on semi-stationary exercises so I could focus on less. Robin tagged me for remembering to click THEN treat. Mannn was that challenging for me! It's something I should work on at home a lot more and just... don't!
--where we ran into the problem I always have. How to mark a deaf dog from a distance! I utilized Robin's expertise and extra hands to try solving this problem. Buzz was working the "pile" (2 leather, 2 metal, plus my scented leather) nicely but not committing to the correct article, so I wanted to mark when he indicated. The lights I brought with did not have the distance or direct-ness (I'm sure there's a better word I can't think of right now) it needs. Robin's going to bring a laser light next week to see if we don't get better results. I do have to admit to telling him how adorably wrong he was when he got confused one time and just started picking up articles and throwing them at me. I never know how to handle it when he does that, so I normally call him away and just start over. I have yet to find a way of preventing the pick up of the wrong article... ideas?
Elizabeth and I traded dogs. She worked with Buzz on muzzling while Beck and I worked on head turns and paw lifts.
It was grand fun and I'm very sad I missed out on the first session. I'm going to bring Buzz again next week, and I may actually bring both and trade out--I haven't done THAT in forever either!
Buzz and I miss camp. Not that this picture has anything to do with dog training, other than it was taken at camp.
Oh, dog training fun... I just wish we could get together more often, then I'd actually have well trained dogs.