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KC Canby Show Rally Excellent

trisha: Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:48 PM

Well, this weekend was a mixed bag with Promise for sure! We are having to repeat the Rally Excellent classes again because when we entered it the first time I entered wrong. So, I was hoping we'd go 3 for 3 again and it would be done. Not the case this weekend. I need to go back to the drawing board on this one. Friday was 2 shows in one and Promise was a complete wreck the first one. For a dog that is normally totally composed and on top of it, she had less than 0 focus. It took us 3:44 to complete the course. The poor honor dog that had to do its stay while we went!!! As unfocused as she was we still finshed it with a score of 85 only to have her bolt for the enterance to another dog. Therefore, our qualifying score was NQ'd. So FRUSTRATING!!! I also have no reason for the change in her...

The second show was the dog I was used to :) She did a wonderful job and so we ended up with a qualifying leg.

Same for Saturday. She was kind of inbetween the two, but managed to qualify. She was just lacking the usual energy and bounce in her step.

So now time to problem solve on that.



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trisha: Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:51 AM

Sonic is just a wonder and just getting started with Conformation training. He will compete in his first show in June and his first AKC in Canby at the end of JUNE.

At this point he is learning to be groomed, stay beautiful, have a nice gate, and stack. He is very willing and hopefully I'm not messing up a show career, but I've also started him on bumpers, and Rally training. But, I am undecided as to whether to continue with this before he starts to show....

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Posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 6:36 AM

Well, started on Sonic this week.

He is now also entered in the AKC Canby show. I am thoroughly excited and nervous. He is entered in confirmation on Saturday and, just to add some stress, I also put him into Rally Novice. Just curious. He has not had nearly as much time as pebbles has had put into him for that, but he is extremely attentive. I'm thinking as long as he is focused on me, we will both survive it. However, I am much more concerned with him in the show classes. Had him on the stacking blocks several times this weekend and working on his free stand/learning stay/creating distance...

His main problem is his obnoxious wiggling when he is being touched/having his feet placed in the correct spot. So that is the focus for this week.

He heads to his first dog show this coming weekend. So we'll see how that goes and hopefully get some wiggles out :)

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ally leg #2

trisha: Posted on Friday, August 05, 2011 9:14 AM

Pebbles is off and running! She earned her second leg at the Stumptown show in Portland. I am coming to terms with how to get what I need from her while she is a puppy, but a smart one!

In order to not overwhelm her, I do keep her kenneled until after she shows. She gets potty/water breaks only. AFTER she is done, then she gets to explore the show grounds and meet other dogs and people. In fact, I try to find the quietest place to kennel my dogs away from all the noise and she does not go ringside with me until the dog infront of her is halfway done. This is backwards of what I would normally do and I am switching for a couple of reasons. #1. She is so young and I'm asking her to be very focused. Traveling through hundreds of dogs and people is NOT the way to relax her. #2. That walk/being social has now become her reward. It is during her "off" time and she gets to do as she pleases, not as I ask her too.

The first day of the show we did not qualify. My fault, not hers. I failed to teach her 2 exercises she needed, but unfortunately it totally slipped my mind until I saw the course :( BUT she had a great time in the ring which at this point is the real goal for me when we head into a show.

The second day she was wonderful and I am certain that it was hard for the judge to tell which of us was having more fun and was more excited to be there. At one point, I was so excited when she did the hardest excercise that I actually said, "I love you Pebbles!" right in the ring... probably too loud, but I didn't care. I was so proud of her for doing it. Her attention was good. Heel position was pretty good. And, her tail NEVER stopped wagging! She may have missed treats, but it a great experience for her when she's happy to be there without treats and as a reward when leaving the ring, they handed her a squeaky toy. We then sat ringside for almost 2 hours while she played catch with that toy. She had to think it was the best day ever!!!

I'm thinking she will finish her RN title this year and I hope start if not finish her Beginner Novice Obedience title by the Rose City dog show.

I cannot stop smiling about this dog :)


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AKC Canby Show 2011

trisha: Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:57 PM

This was Pebbles first time out in Rally. Before I go any farther, just let me say I am so proud of this dog. I was chomping at the bit to see if she could be in such a distracting environment and perform... and without treats!!! So many firsts!!!!

I was very worried about overworking her at a young age, so she was crated much of the time. But warm ups she was just "on"! The first time out, she was doing great, but midway through the run she needed a potty break(darn grass!) and we left before she did anything.

The second show, no joke, I was nervous! Up until this day, I'd never even asked Pebbles to sit in heel position without treats. This day though, she did it like an old pro and stared up at me with big brown eyes that seemed to say, "its okay mom, I got this!" And did she! She ended up with a score of 85... which for only being 7 months I am extremely happy with. So many first came out of this show and she handled them all like a pro. I am so excited for finishing this title and continuing on with everything that is in store for this girl. Also another first, sitting each time we stop... meaning we will likely work on Beginner Novice Obedience after she finishes her Rally Novice title.

Cannot wait til next time! This dog is a diamond in the rough :)

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h oh...

trisha: Posted on Friday, June 10, 2011 8:25 AM

Well, this is the first time that I have a complaint about Pebbles, but I blame myself for it. Yesterday, 2 of my kids had a T-ball game. Directly following that we had dog training ( Since we were there, I decided Pebbles ought to get out of the car and sit with me while I watched instead of just staying in the car. I had no intentions of training. Just sitting in the grass watching kids play ball.

It had a different effect on her than I expected. At home, she is allowed to be a dog... a teenager. She runs, plays, fetches, etc. But, when I travel with her, every time we go it is always business because I want to get in training time in new/distracting places. I never take her out and just let her wander and do puppy things... well not anymore. She did do that as a very young puppy.

What I had with me in place of my normally very well behaved/calm dog, was a girl just about jumping out of her skin! Not being bad, but wanting to see and do everything. Quietly whining when people didn't greet her... and not being calm enough when someone did. Very unlike her! She almost couldn't sit still in her own skin.

Since so much of her energy was wasted while we sat, she was like jello and not nearly as responsive during class. Another way of pointing out to me that she is not even 7 months old yet!

So, this is my courteous reminder to myself that not only do my dogs need the obedience that they are learning, but they also need to know how I want/need them to act when they aren't being asked to work. In my haste to have a super dog, I overlooked the basic calming techniques that have been preached to me for some time now :)

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TRISHA: Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011 9:12 AM

Quarter earned her Rally Novice Title on 9/10/11! She was such a trooper. She earned it with a score of 97! The unfortunate part to that is had I been focused all the way to the end of the course she'd have had a 100 :(

She was just doing super and when we got to the last exercise, it was a HALT, 1 STEP SIT, 2 STEPS SIT, 3 STEPS SIT.... and on the 2nd sit I congratulated her. I knew I had one more to go, but I was so excited to have finished her title I didn't pay attention and her 3rd sit was not in heel... so we lost 3pts. I was so bummed! That sit was the difference between a 1st and 3rd place in the class. But, I'm still absolutely thrilled with her and her work ethic.

Up next for her will be a show end of October in which I am hoping she finishes her Beginner Novice Obedience title.

Between now and then we are working on attention while in heel and better stays

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Sugar @ 8 weeks

Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2011 11:07 AM

As the litter leaves, I really get a chance to settle down for some one on one time with the puppy I decided to keep. She is by Blitz and out of Butter so of course I expect her training to be perfect and easy :) However, with pups it is always a surprise at some point.

Yesterday was her first time on leash. She did wonderful and was completely interested in following "sugar" (in the tone of puppy puppy) and my feet. She was extremely thankful for treats along the way.

Our first visit out was to Petsmart. She was suddenly in a large, moderately busy parking lot and she did great! She happily walked on a loose leash on the sidewalk and enjoyed the petting from passing strangers. For the first time, she saw her reflection in the large windows and saw sliding doors. She took those instride. With her tail wagging, she seemed to decide that if I could do it, so could she. We hit every isle forwards and backwards. She met several dogs and people along the way. If she was checking something extra, I let her. If you was happily trotting, I was excited to see her so relaxed.


1. Socialization

-meeting people

-other dogs

-seeing things I couldn't provide at my house

2. Being an adventureous pup

-I am not asking her to be smart or do anything (did you ask your child to be born potty trained?) I simply want her to be willing to explore.

3. Rules for this trip

-Must walk on a loose leash

-Cannot jump on people passing by for attention

-It is best if pup WAITS for my permission to greet people/dogs (though not always possible the first couple times out. After the first few, it should be mandatory!)

Pup recieves treats for looking me in the eye, being in the area of heal (though this is a very loose definition) and sitting when I stop.

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Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011 7:32 AM

I know I haven't said it enough, but Pebbles is just awesome! On Oct. 29, 2011 she earned her Rally Novice title with her highest score of 92/100. I was so proud of her.

The next step for her since she is definately not ready for off leash, is to try the Beginner Novice Obedience. The biggest transition for her in that is going from Rally where I can talk to her, to not being able to say a word. So, that certainly will take some work.

I originally had no plans for anymore shows the rest of the year, but since she did so well, even with the break in training, I'm thinking I'll bring her back to the Ridgefield show in December.

So more teenager training info coming soon!

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1 week update... general puppiness

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:10 AM

I've been busy the last few weeks and now Sugar is already over 11 weeks! Where has the time gone???

She is turning into a handful :) She has been just about everywhere I've been since she was 7 weeks and therefore is an extremely confident and energetic puppy. Most often she checks in with me, but as she is getting rambunctious (as is normal for her age) often she will get excited and hit the end of a leash. At that point, I stop and wait for her to remember that I exist. I do not say anything. I wait. When she returns to me I give her LOTS of praise!

She will sit with a hand signal ANYWHERE no matter the distraction and I no longer treat her for sitting. I expect that now.

She has an excellent recall at home. I will get to try it for the first time in new surroundings at class next week.

Potty training is going well. Any mistakes are my fault. She does so well and then I get lazy and just open the door for her to go out... of course she plays outside then comes in to do it :( Again, that is my fault. But also a reminder to always put out the effort at this young age.

I'm starting puppy class next week with her. Have you started puppy class with your pup? Remember, the first 4 months are crucial and we are nearing 3 months already! This time can not be bought back ever. Don't miss out on having the best, best friend you can have.