Friday, November 24, 2017

2 New Titles!!

Last weekend was our local Dog Show here in Lethbridge.  I entered Lync in Novice Obedience and Ash in Conformation. Well what a fantastic weekend we had.  I still am floating on Cloud 9!

Lync and his mom Kona

I'll start with Lync, Day # 1 he passed!! I was so thrilled, we have been to 6 trials before this one and NQ'd in each one, so passing was about due!
Day # 2 he passed again, giving him his CD title!!  Wow it's been 7 years since I put a CD on a dog. Day # 3 I almost didn't enter, I decided to put him in, thanks to Amanda, for practise in the ring.  He has a wee bit of ring stress going on so we need to work on that. Well you guessed it, he passed again !! We also went High Score in Class!  Then I got a surprise that I won't soon forget.  There was a special trophy offered for High Aggregate Scoring Novice dog in either the A or the B class, Lync ended up winning this Award . What was even more special was that Lync's mother Kona also won this award 4 years ago on the same day!
I was very honoured and proud to accept this award with Lync, we have worked very hard and are becoming a great team together.

Now for Ash, on Day #1 there were 2 shows offered.  In the morning I showed him myself, we were the only entry so we won Best of Breed and got to have some fun in the Herding Group as well.  In the afternoon I ended up with a conflict with Lync in Obedience.  I was lucky to find someone to show him for me! There was a female entry and she won the Breed so no points for Ash.
Day # 2 I had someone show Ash for me again. Ash won Winners Male for 2 points putting him at 9, 1 point to go! 
Day # 3, Ash won the points again and finished his Championship!!! Yay !! So exciting!

I will now take a bit of a break until the new year before starting Open training with Lync.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Catching Up, Again !!!

New RATN and RATI titles!!
I keep neglecting my blog, days go by and then by the time I think of it a month has almost gone by!

Lync and I went to Strathmore a few weeks back to another Barn Hunt trial. We NQ'd the morning trial but Q'd in the afternoon to complete our Barn Hunt Novice title!! The next day we were allowed to still compete for our Instinct title as we were already entered . I was excited when Lync found the right tube to complete that title as well!

The next 2 trials we had moved up to Open. In Open you need to find 2 rats and there are 3 other tubes as well, 2 with litter in them and one without. In Trial 1 Lync found the first rat right away ! yay! He then went to a corner where he excitedly pawed at another container, even though I thought it was too close to the other I called it, it was not a rat tube. I was disappointed that I had rushed into calling it before I had checked the other side of the ring. We are learning though! I wish we had been able to try the tunnel as well. In Open he tunnel has a turn in it. When looking in it appears dark.  Lync has trouble going into one that he can see out the other side so I knew he probably wouldn't go into this one but wanted to at least try. In the second trial I called rat again and it wasn't a rat.  I am having some trouble distinguishing between when he is actually on a rat and when it is just a tube containing litter.  We will keep at it though as we both enjoy it so much!!

Our next trials wont be until the spring so I have something to look forward to :)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

This past weekend, September 29, was Brad and my 22nd Anniversary!  I can't believe it's been that long! We went to Waterton to celebrate it.  It was very sad to see how much damage the summers fire did to the landscape.  It came so close to the townsite and had it not been for the hard work of the firefighters the townsite would have been lost! Thank goodness it wasn't .

Most of the shops and restaurants were closed however, the owners just decided not to reopen after they were evacuated because of the fire. I guess it saved me money as there were less places to shop!

The weather cooperated and it was a lovely relaxing weekend until we were coming home.  A full on  blizzard with whiteout and slippery conditions all the way to Cardston. I just crawled along going no more then 50-60 kmp.  Then like magic it turned to just rain and then dry the rest of the way home.

The dogs were all happy to see each other and are fast asleep now.
I'm already looking forward to next year, I just love Waterton!

Scary how close the fire came to The Historic Prince of Wales Hotel

All the mountains looked the same, totally void of trees

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Playing Catch Up!

So much to post! I am so behind in doing so.  Not that anyone reads them anymore, like my friend Diana says, more people post on Facebook then blogging now, sad, I love to read blog posts and I love to post!
Warning, VERY long!
Here goes....

Spruce Meadows
Trial 1, Lync was such a good boy, focused and happy.  We got through all the exercises but on the heel free he found a smelly spot on the grass and I couldn't get him away from it, I ended up giving him 3 extra commands which failed us.

Trial 2
Lync was again doing well, somewhat more laggy then the day before but still good, today was a Q for our first leg!! yay! We got a score of 187/200 which was pretty good I think.

Trial 3
Lync was much more unfocused today.  Just as we were entering the ring a flatcoat walked by us and Lync spent the entire time in the ring looking for him. I couldn't believe the bad timing.  Our dogs are supposed to be proofed for all situations but this was very hard for Lync. We were still passing when it came to the recall, he just sat there! I couldn't believe my eyes, I was so disappointed.

Trial 1
This was another outside trial.  The dog just before us was a female Rottweiler.  On her heel on leash she peed in the ring, seriously! What bad luck we are having. The judge was kind enough to make our heeling pattern away from the spot but it was not far enough for Lync.  As we passed by the spot he left my side to check it out. Another NQ for us.

Trial 2
Lync was doing ok, I could tell he was not happy though, he just wasn't his usual happy self.  Maybe I entered him before he was ready? Maybe it was the heat? Who knows. Anyway he didn't come again on his recall, at least the judge had me return to him instead of calling him again, she didn't want him to get used to getting a second command, I agree.

Trial 1
Lync did fantastic! He was a pass all the way up to his long down.  The Golden right beside him decided to flop down on to his side, it was too much for Lync to handle, he got up to look at the Golden, another fail and a very very disappointed Jolene :(

Trial 2
Lync was horrible on his off leash heeling, lagging was behind me, even stopping at one point and not coming to my side on a halt.  Then on the recall he just sat there AGAIN!! What the heck? This is becoming a bad habit and I don't like it, of course his long sit and down were perfect.

I am not sure what I want to do from here.  I am taking a break to think about it.  There is our local trial in November.  I might enter Novice or I might enter Rally Advanced, I'm just kind of frustrated still.

Soooooo, that brings us to last weekend.  After only one workshop I decided to enter Lync in Barn Hunt in Medicine Hat.  I LOVE this sport!!! More importantly Lync loves it too!  There are 4 levels, Novice, Open, Senior and Masters.  Each level gets more difficult and more cylinders are added for the dog to find.  The cylinders contain gerbils as Alberta is Rat free. The gerbils are perfectly safe in the metal cylinders.  In Novice we are given 2 minutes for the dog to search the course of hay bales and find the cylinder that contain the gerbil. There is also an empty cylinder and one containing litter.

In Trial 1 I talked Lync into indicating the wrong tube.  In my inexperience I got excited that he found a tube.  I was saying things like " is that your rat? " Lync in his inexperience pawed at the cylinder,  unfortunately it was the cylinder containing just the litter, bummer NQ
We had another trial that afternoon.  I was quieter and let Lync work , he found a cylinder, pawed at it, I called it but nope , it was another litter tube.

The next day we had 2 more trials.  In the morning trial I let Lync work.  He found a cylinder which I called, it was the rat!! yay! To Q the dog must also climb onto a hay bale and go through an 18X18 tunnel. In Novice the tunnel is straight and they can see the other side.  It is difficult for the large dogs as they basically have to crawl to get through. We had our climb and just needed the tunnel. Lync was having trouble, he did not want to go through, after about 10 pleadings on my half he finally did it! yay! Our first Q! Our time was just under the 2 minutes, lucky!

The afternoon trial went great as well.  Lync found the tube, got his climb, and after just 2 commands of tunnel he went through, Q 2 in a time of 37:50 seconds.

In October we will be travelling to Strathmore to compete again.   He is entered in 4 trials so hopefully he will get his last leg.  We will then move up to Open where we have to find 2 rats and there are 2 litter tubes and 1 empty tube.  The problem will be the tunnel, there is 1 turn in Open so he can't see the end.  I don't think he will do it but we will try.

Whew! that's all our news for now. Stay tuned for more after the next trial.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

First Trial

I had one of my last practises this morning with Lync.  We leave on Friday afternoon for Calgary and Lync's first Obedience Trial!  I am pretty excited even though his heeling didn't go so well today.  This week I will work on changing things up more with heeling and making it more fun for him.  I don't want him to lag continually throughout the off leash heeling.  It will become even more important when we enter Open and ALL the heeling is off leash.
We didn't practise stays today but his recall was nice and his stand for examination was good considering his breeder was the one to examine him .  It would be nice to come home with his CD, I'm not expecting to however as training and being in the trial are two different things.  It's not that I don't think he is ready, it's just that you have to take in account ring nerves and to expect the unexpected!
Wish us luck!