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PostSubject: Continuing our training   Sat 17 Jul 2010, 9:07 pm

Hi all

Wela week has passed and the walk to heel is much better, she did pick it up stright away but tends to loose it and speeds up again. I just call heel and she is straight back (with the help of sausage bits). She was superb, recalls are good too although she can slip up at times by stopping half way dropping the ball and faffing about. She then comes so far and faffs about again grrrrrrr

She can do the down position and then stay whilst I walk away, and even get this peeps and a dog on lead went by and she concentrated on me and of course the sausage bits.

We are at Scarborough this weekend, not sure if she is running but is in the team. Last weekend we did Rotherham, she was in the arena but did not run and was in the down position all the time, totally fantastic. We did a few practice runs first couple right out of the window ran off to the other team, bugger! After that she settled down but I was very nervous.

So training Monday evening and see how it goes, if we run her on her own and do 8 - 10 runs she settles down and plays "ball" so its getting that humongous amount of enery out of her I think is the key and getting her to focus on me and its really hard work. I also really need her to socialise and thats the worrying part and difficult as I dont know anyone
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PostSubject: Re: Continuing our training   Sat 17 Jul 2010, 9:09 pm

Sounds like you're doing a great job so far.
For her to stay lying down at a flyball comp is great because i know what it's like lol really noisy and very exciting.
Do you not have any local parks that are busy with dogs to socialise her, or puppy classes?
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PostSubject: Re: Continuing our training   Sat 17 Jul 2010, 9:11 pm

Sounds like she is doing great Annie. She did really well to at Rotherham

At this point do you want her to interact with the dogs or just walk by in the vicinity and see how she reacts?
When I was working on socialising Reuben I used to hunt people down in the local park and walk behind them so Reuben could see them but they did not see him (He reacts to dog staring at him) so he got used to being in close proximity to dogs without any negative experiences.
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PostSubject: Re: Continuing our training   Sat 17 Jul 2010, 9:16 pm

Ideally would like her to walk withother dogs and also interact with some play, as I need to stop her going OTT and letting it go too far/ She gets boisterous and then other dogs get fed up and then it kicks off.

The team manager has an Alsation and we on Sunday Morning at flyball let them off lead thought Georgie would annoy the Alsation and she would put her in her place, not a flippin paw did she put out of place and thats EXACTLY what I am after.

They mooched around no problem, however on lead georgie went to the Alsation and laid on her back licking her mouth and very submissive, the Alsation showed her teeth and we walked them on lead first before letting off the lead and both behaved impeccably
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PostSubject: Re: Continuing our training   Sat 17 Jul 2010, 9:18 pm

Staffylover wrote:

When I was working on socialising Reuben I used to hunt people down in the local park and walk behind them so Reuben could see them but they did not see him (He reacts to dog staring at him) so he got used to being in close proximity to dogs without any negative experiences.

That doesn't sound too good lol hunting them down, they were probably too scared to turn round haha.

I know what you mean though Kai is a bit nervous and used to be tempramental with dogs, but i just take him places i know there will be lots of dogs and work with him, using treats and a clicker so he soon realised nothing bad is going to happen and is really good with other dogs now

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PostSubject: Re: Continuing our training   Sat 17 Jul 2010, 9:23 pm

Lol, makes me sound like a stalker. I use rewards and Reuben is great now 95% of the time, we had a couple of one to one sessions with our trainer and now work on a look and then reward basis. I also find it he has a good run before we walk he is a lot calmer and does not bother with the other dogs.

The reason we walked behind them was so he could look at them and every time he looked I rewarded when he did not react. This is what we did on day one and then we moved onto walking pasr them face to face which was the more difficult one as he does not like them looking at him but he knew the routine then of look and reward.
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