Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Exciting Things

First some updates....

Pax: We are spending a lot of time conditioning Pax for muscle building, which means lots of time spent free running. We are slowly getting to the point of having a mostly solid recall on him, but it's still a work in progress. His flyball training is coming along nicely. He can now do full runs, but his striding is off. We are going to try 10" jumps and starting him further back. After we let him work it out for awhile, we will add striding gutters if he doesn't work it out himself. He is still taking a break from agility and goes to race practices when we have time to take him.

Epic: We decided that Epic's box work in flyball needs work, wall work. He hasn't been doing much herding, mainly because we haven't gone out for a lesson. It's been too long! Epic is taking a CGC class with me, so I can learn how to teach this class & because he needs more obedience training. He is doing well and I think he enjoys the individual attention. He gets stressed out easily and doesn't calm down after activity. To deal with this, I have been working on the "off switch game".

Indigo: We have been doing less flyball practice with Indigo and focusing more on keeping her in good physical shape. She runs beautifully and seems to do well with some breaks. This gives us time to focus on Pax. She is busy with agility & nose work. Her first trial is coming up soon. Her & Ben are entered in jumpers & tunnelers. She will be starting the next level of nose work soon...odor detection.

Last weekend.....we went to a tournament in Abbotsford. Indigo & Epic ran well all weekend. Indigo ran all 3.8s in start and some 3.9s with a pass. Epic ran lots of 3.9s in start and a 3.901 with a pass! Pax had some awesome experience practicing on Saturday night after racing. He did several successful full runs with lots of distractions going on. We were proud. Now Ben & I have to decide who will run him. I think I'm losing the battle.

Upcoming Summer Schedule....
5/14 Race Practice
5/28-30 Agility Trial
6/4-5 Flyball Tournament - Cloverdale
7/9-10 Flyball Tournament - Salem (possible debut for Pax)
7/16 - Ben TTouch Seminar
7/23-24 Flyball Tournament - Maple Ridge
7/13-14 UFLI Flyball Tournament - Vancouver Island
7/27-28 NAFA flyball Tournament - Vancouver Island
8/5,6,7 Whippet Specialty Event - Argus Ranch
9/17-18 UFLI tournament - Gridley, CA
10/15-16 ASFA lure coursing Roy, WA

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