First 2011 Update

Busy times so not that many blog post in the last few months. I've been studying (surprise, surprise), training dogs, giving seminars and writing articles for Hund & Træning. I think it's safe to say I've been pretty preoccupied.

Throughout the year I will be writing a serie of articles for Hund & Træning magazine called The Challenge. I will focus on different sequences that people often find troubling and try to challenge them to work through whatever issues they might be having. In the February issue I focused on the weave poles; entries, exits. The theme for the next article, which will be publish in April, is obstacle discrimination Tunnel vs. contact obstacle.

The dogs are doing great. They are all happy and healthy. Bob participated in his first trial in November. He did well and I'm so proud of the great job my mom did training him. Bob is the first dog she's ever trained and he is definitely not an easy dog to handle. We started out with an off course elimination because I lead out to far and Bob missed the first 3 obstacles.

Poncho has been laying low during December and most of January. My contact equipment are packed away for the winter so i haven't gotten any further with his running contact training. We have been maintaining what he has already learned on a plank. Fading the toy at the end and adding other obstacles are our main priority.
As I look back on Poncho first year of competing I am very contempt with our performances. Whenever Poncho had a clean run he ended up winning the class!

Liva turned two last week. She has really settle in at her new home and Bob loves her. They spend most of the day playing with each other. I don't know why but I am absolutely fascinated by Liva. She is one of the coolest, sweetest and most confident dog I have ever met! I could spend hours watching her if only I had the time to do so. I can't wait to get her training started. Don't be fooled by her small size, she is full of surprises.

The best news is Zap's major breakthrough. He is now able to run agility!!! He is happy, energized, creative and motivated. I makes me so unbelievably happy that he is finally able to enjoy working and playing with me. The worst is behind us and we are now focusing on the future. If everything goes according to plan Zap will be competing in the spring. In the video below Zap is showing off his tight turns.