December 17th, 2014
Super training with both girls outdoors. Tuppence very sweet in leashed heelwork. Jump already looks very promising. Scent article was fetched quite nicely - without the trimmings: stay and finish, but the thing comes back to me :o)) Distant control looks very promising. The down is amazing. On the whole there was more overall calm. Hope this is a trend and not a blip :o)
Kitkat still a bit squeaky, but very, very eager to please. - just lovely. Not quite, quite so starved-acting any more. Super sendaway double jump - handled from the right side. Super sendaway to box 20 m, super recall with stop. She stops on a square inch:o)
Afterwards we had an indoor session with clickertraining. Both girls are working on standing on an upside-down foodbowll. This little gimmii is quickly improving and such a hit with the girls. Kitkat worked on going backwards in front of me, since the excercise had simply fallen out of her brain. Saw one really promising offer. This is goint to be the solution.
Tuppence was working on holding the scent article - without doing a highfive at the same time and more importantly without chewing!! This is quite a challenge. But also her I saw one very, very good effort which we will build on. this was really a scintillating session!
On walks Tuppence is getting better at not hurling herself beyond the end of the leash. Horses are okay now, cars ar beginning to be less of an agitating factor. Nice!
December 7th, 2014
Long time since my latest update.
In 2 days Tuppence will be 6 months old. She is training well although at present she is hurling herself into all directions :o). She has a fine sense for position. The backward down in her puppy combi 3. is super. Let's see how that holds, when we put distance between her and me. Tuppence does not think much of repeating things she did ok in - even more so than Kitkat. She is keen, keen, keen, can be tough on things that ar forbidden but then, surprisingly ,sometimes also very good - even though there is distance between her and me. Her recalls are super., super! She is as fast as the wind. The finish still a bit throwaway. She retrieves very trustingly - I used cuddles as a reward for coming back. That's why she is coming back and not fighting over who keeps what. Delivery to hand not there yet when the article is thrown. I still also kneel or sit on the ground. It is a big step for a young dog suddenly to have to deliver to a person standing up. We take it very easy her. Interest in the scent article was virtually nil in the very beginning. This is 100% reversed due to clickertraining in small steps. She holds articles for a brief moment, when she sits in front of me and is asked to take the article (scent, dummy, dumbell) Dumbell is worst. Tuppence thinks it not quite fair that I sneaked that in without prior clickertraining. The sense of fairness of a Springer :o)) Scent article is in danger of being chewed. We take it in small steps.
A very funny complication occured when, sitting in front of me, Tuppence is asked to hold an article: She wants to combine this with a recently learned trick. Highfiveing and holding steadily is quite a tall order for a youngster. I can't click for holding when she is highfiveing and I can't wait until she stops highfiveeing. By then the article is being dropped.I don't want to lose the highfive either. Will have to think about how to solve this one.
Stand in motion is doing fine. Micro sit- and downstays are under way :o). This is tough for her - especially the down with other dogs present. Tuppence is very upwardly mobile. But it is early days.
Target is learned. Handtarget and running to a stand- up-target. Paw-target will have to wait. There seems to be no benefit this early in her training.
Tuppence is currently part of a Hadsten Rally group - without doing rally. We make good use of the distraction and train our stuff.
Kitkat is - excercisewise - ready for champion class in Rally. But her mentallity is having a bit of a tug of war with her. She seems to have had a hard time mourning Pandra. The two dogs really liked each other a lot. Then little Tuppence crashed into her life and with it came not only sudden new responsibilities but also a little competitor. She likes Tuppence and is extremely generous with her - but she also feels than an injustice is done to her. This did not get better when she came into season a bit rattled and out of it with a mediumsized depression. She has to sort things, understand and find her strength again. Things are steady getting better but she still feels overtaxed too quickly. At the same time she thinks food the answer to everything. Patience, clear boundaries and no too many taxing situations together with time will do wonders.
June 5th, 2014
Kitkats Rallytraining is progressing really well. A week ago she began to take excercises handled on the right side totally into her stride. The ones that are not quite in place on the left side are the double jump from sit and the moving backwards in front of me. Kitkat performs the craziest jumps to get around moving backwards. It makes me laugh out loud. With regards to Obedience some of the Elite excercises are dragging their paws a bit. Kitkat finds the directed sendaway a bit tough. The directed retrieve lost its groove during her last season. It is back now but I would like a bit more speed. Also druring season the distant control suddenly became dangerous at full distance. The changes themselves at short distance are totally understuood now . We seem to get a sideways drift at longer distances - displacement? It looks like it to me. We will wkeep working at it and monitor things until autumn. Should things be in place by then, I might enter Kitkat for an unofficial test in Elite. If things do not improve, we might drop the idea of Elite. Champion Class in Rally seems to be decidedly more fun.
Sweet Pandra trained with unwavering optimism and energy until very recently. During her last training session the speed was not quite there, but she had not forgotten a thing and even corrected herself. That was two days before she left us for ever. I miss her more than words can say.
March 29th, 2014
Training has been really good during winter in the hall at Hadsten. Solo, but very rewarding. Kitkat's understanding of Elite Obedience is improving. She does not need many repetitions, just little reminders that she does not know the lot and that is is me who runs the show. Also great improvements in the Rally Champ. elements. There is so much to learn but finally we seem to see the end of the tunnel. Tunnel is easy. The double jump with stop is tough. We practiced with a tripple jump. That helped.
Pandra unfortunately had to have an operation. One of her warts had to come off. I got her back minus wart but plus a mega lameness in the right shoulder. After two weeks she is still on medication, still going lame when taking the first steps after lying and generally more stiff. The stiffness I noticed starting already pre-op. Pandra has now a ramp to help her into and out of the car. Also yours truely took 2 weeks of time out due to a nasty cold. And I am still a little hoarse:o))
Had to cancel with respect to our Rally Mafia get-together last weekend. I would have loved to go.
We had two training sessions so far since. One indoors and one today outdoors. I was very pleased. General interest in hare dropping only in the orange zone - not deep redNext weekend we will perform at our first competition of the year. If I can keep Kitkat from being reckless, we should be okay.
January 11th, 2014
PANDRA trains now mainly with focus on getting ready for champion class in Rally. Since the beginning of this year there are a lot of new excercises, and for champion class all of them have to be learned. That is a tall order for a dog of Pandra's age. She is coping well, however. The right hand handling begins to look really smart - even the backward movements. The jumps over two hurdles with stop and return need some more work. So does the sendaway square and ironically also the sendaway to the cone. There Pandra sees too many confusing things at the same time. It is getting better, though. It never ceases to amaze me how structured an older dog can learn. Guess, it has a lot to do with that she has so much in her baggage already. She seems to reframe older excercises until they fit the new requirement. "Ah, it is like this one I already know - just with that little added sqiggle!" We had a bit of a sticky time when Pandra had one of her phantome pregnancies, but now it is all go and she is pure joy to work with. Even her joints cope well with the atrociously damp weather.
KITKAT is also learning the new Rally excercises. She needs two more tickets in Advanced to become a champion. Also for her the full palette of new excercises. She copes well. Her changes from left to right in front are a dream and she is beginning to learn the concept of working on the right side. We had a bit of a hiccough with the double jump and stop and the sendaway to the square. Same goes for the cone. But these excercises were "there" and will pop up fine again. I think, Kitkat is simply sorting new challenges. She also learns the Elite excercises for Obedience where there are two different cones to run to. So, three cones and a lot more new stuff. I have not decided yet, whether she will start in Elite even if everything falls into place. It will depend on her level of confidence. For Rally we will have to work a bit on her excitement threshold. We will try wit longer distances inbetween excercises and aslightly different reward schedule.
We are now training in the new hall in Viborg and the jury is still out, whether this will be the hit for us. The hall in Hadsten is definitely a hit. Just the thought of training there makes me happy! And the drive is a lot shorter. All in all really good prospects. First test probably around april. That will be Rally. Obedience I have not even thought about jet. I am now fully fledged Rally judge and some of the weekends will go towards that new challenge. Am very much looking forward to it!