A weekend of training

It’s been a wonderful weekend of dog training! It was the second weekend of the “year long” (= four weekends a few months apart) dog trainer-class and Pipette was a star!

I was lucky and sweet Ann Kristin with Mimmi (pomeranian) took a few photos of Pipette in action.
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My bouncy puppy!

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Get that thing!

She played really well on Saturday, despite lots of people and action. She was a bit more easily distracted on Sunday, probably because I had better treats on Sunday. I only used dry kibble on Saturday which was my bag of back-up treats. But since I left the proper treats that was what we had to work with and she was perfectly happy with it. She had a couple of rounds on Saturday trying to get some of the fun people to play and cuddle with her. Unfortunately they were all broken and just ignored her. How rude! (VERY useful training for a social little doggie.) She had a GREAT hand target session and a good heeling- and (jumping) stand session, too.

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Sunday she was more easily distracted. She’d rather have treats than the toy and I spent a large amount of time running around and tossing the toys until she’d finally show interest in it. It would have been better to do training that didn’t require treats so she didn’t have them at all, probably, but OTOH this bit of “don’t wanna don’t hafta” might be useful to work through, too. We did eventually move into a different room (one of the other dogs were really noisy) with only a couple of crated dogs and a few people watching and that eliminated the DWDH. I think all the people and dogs training (we were 4 dogs at a time in the main room and 8 handlers + two instructors) PLUS really yummy chicken and meatballs at the same time was too much for her to make the good choice and stick with me.

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Sunday we worked on “flow”. Having a fluent behavior means it’s automated and the dog hardly has to think to perform it. Basically you do lots of repetitions (we worked on sit) until you have virtually no time between eating the treat for a well performed repetition and doing it again. Sit – click – chew -sit and so on. Then stupid me wanted to change to a different behavior once she was fluent with sit. Instead she chose to demonstrate one of the benefits of a fluent behavior – it’s very resilient towards extinction. So she just sat, and sat, and sat some more. She tried sit/stay and she tried multiple sits, but she didn’t ever lie down like I was hoping she’d do. I should probably have decided to click for “anything not sitting down” but by the time I realized just how much time it would take before she came up with anything other than the sit… well… Let’s just say I’ll do it a bit differently next time, but I was really happy with her intensity and willingness to keep working even when sitting didn’t work “the way it was supposed to”.

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Then we worked on doggie zen and she was almost TOO good. I haven’t used this kind of training with a bowl before, just treats or toys on the ground and she wouldn’t take a treat/toy on my que if it was in a bowl. Just shows you how important it is to vary how you do stuff. So we worked mostly on getting a reliable release to a reward in a bowl. We made a lot of progress, but need to keep working on this. Having a bowl can help with visibility at a distance (help the dog to find the treat or toy in the grass or whatever) so it’s useful to spend some time on this.

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Lovely walkie with Turbo!

Birgitte and Turbo joined us for a walk while up by the lake! He’s a little grumpy at times and didn’t want to wrestle with me, but we still had lots of fun!

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Wanna wrestle?

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Do you?

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Oh.. I guess not..

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I’ll just drink a little like you, Turbo!

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Right paws forward!

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He was all watching and stuff… while I…

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Wheeeeeee!

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Pretty, huh?

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I can levitate!

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I’m looking forwards to walkies with them again soon!

Kisses,
Gummi

More fun with Freia!

While she was staying here she got to take part in all our regular activities.. and that includes a bit of core fitness!

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Huh? Get on this thing?

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Gimme my treat!!!

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Did you smell that?!

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You coming?

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Mom was wearing her Vibram Five Fingers and got a little something stuck between her toes! BOL!

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We were not the most cooperative of models…

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Okay! Are you done now?!

Freia came to stay!

Friday a week ago was the magic 4 week mark since my snake bite and I was allowed to have fun again. Yay! We celebrated by having Freia, the Australian Kelpie, come to stay for the weekend.


We kept busy! And we kept Mom busy, too, BOL!

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I think Virus thought we were crazy..

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Since she eats kibbles she got them in the Dog Pyramid so she wouldn’t finish her food much quicker than I did. She seemed to have fun.

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We did eventually get tired..

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(but she wanted to sleep more than I did! But she’s THREE so she’s pretty old and stuff)

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It’s was a leetle hard to let her sleep…

That’s all for today! I’ll show you more pictures tomorrow, they take forever to upload!
Kisses, Gummi

Meet my new friend!

Yay! We’re home again! Not that it isn’t lovely up by the lake, but when the computer died we missed out on sharing all our adventures and reading and commeting on yours!

One of the fun things that happened by the lake was that I met a new friend. We think her name was MeiMei or something like that. I hope we meet her again in the future – we had fun! We were walking home from the city at night when we met her out with her dad. The lighting was a bit poor for both pictures and video, but the video turned out the best. At least there’s no doubt we had FUN!

I hope you all have a great weekend!