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Catching up- Other Stuff

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Last post of the getting caught up topics.

Had to get out and enjoy the 60 degree weather! Still can’t believe I’m out in late January in a T-shirt and it is supposed to be warmer tomorrow! Love it!! For these shots, I put the dogs on a stay, tossed 2 toys to my right, then gave them the release cue. It is mostly cloudy today, so the camera struggled with the fast action in kind of low light, and I struggled to keep them in frame so I ended up zooming out and then cropping. And I think I had the setting wrong because the camera has definitely taken better action shots than this! So the quality sucks. But I’m happy I got these.

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10 mo. old

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Went for a drive to get some photos today. This week’s photo challenge was “Negative Space” but I got other photos as well.

This was the photo I chose as this week’s selection.

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This was just a bench, not a piece of art. But adding Voodoo makes it art 🙂

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He was looking at a treat on the floor, but I thought the “sad dog” look added to the artsy feeling of the photo:

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This was my second choice for this week’s submission

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In addition to the art museum, I went to the convention center. Found this empty seminar room and got permission for him to get on a chair. He looks like such a big boy in this photo!

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This pig is the only thing he has taken issue with so far! He froze in the doorway and stared at it for a long time, long enough for me to get this photo, then started to back up. So I walked into the room and encouraged him.  He hugged the wall till we were on the back side, then he crept up and snuck a sniff.

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Once he sniffed it, he shook off the stress it caused, wagged his tail and was fine with it.

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While the pig spooked him, he didn’t even look twice at this thing!  Even walked right in front of it and gave it a sniff when I pointed to it. It was also in the art museum and we went past it after he encountered the pig.

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Week 5 Photo Challenge– symmetry

This was taken in front of the oldest Baptist church in Indiana still in it’s original location. It is an interesting building and the openings for the guns used against Indians can still be seen from the outside (plastered over on the inside). The church remains open to the public and you can go upstairs to look down on the pulpit area that is just behind the fire pit that was used to keep everyone warm. Lots of history and stories surround this place, including some that it’s haunted by a girl that committed suicide by “jumping off the cliff into the river” that is behind it. But given that it is more of a really steep hill (that ends in a small creek) than a “cliff” makes me doubt that story 🙂

I had to have him sit on a mat because he wasn’t too keen on staying for more than a few seconds with his boy parts on a freezing temperature rock. 🙂

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“Me digging?  No, must be someone else that looks like me”

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Voodoo did a great job at the CWAGS obedience trial tonight! His first run, I think he spent the first half of it wondering why I was asking him to do obedience and when we were going to start doing nosework, since that is all we have done at this location previously. 🙂 But he held it together and was very happy throughout the 4 min. run. He earned a 95 and 3rd place for his first run.

For his second run, he earned a 99 and 1st place! He was a bit more settled on the second run (not as much bouncing) 🙂

CWAGS allows treats to be given after each “exercise finished” so it is a great way to get young and inexperienced dogs some ring time experience at the various levels.

We hope to finish his level 1 obedience title at the CWAGS National at the end of April.

First Run: https://vimeo.com/203236896

Second Run: https://vimeo.com/203238257

 

Week 6 Photo Challenge– Make a mess

Voodoo loved this photo challenge 🙂 I used wrapping paper to add color. I wish I had more variety to choose from, but apparently all my wrapping paper is mostly red! LOL I tried to get some action shots of him ripping the paper, but they mostly came out blurry or too dark. Also got a shot of him in this pose holding a piece of the paper, but liked his grin in this one better.

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He’s starting to fill out a bit:

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He had his feet together more than usual, but his chest is filling out too.

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Week 7 Photo Challenge– There was some confusion on what the topic of the week is supposed to be. The two topics given are: Why I love my dog and a photo taken for a specific location. It turned out that my choice for the “why I love my dog” photo also fit with the location theme that I saw after I had picked what I wanted to do.

I took this photo of Voodoo to match up with the photo I used for the background. I had to get the angles and lighting correct (which wasn’t easy on a sunny day!) so that I could EDIT him into this scene. Don’t worry, no way I’d really be up there!

I chose this scene because I love how bold and fearless he is! I could totally see him being willing to go out on boards like this (not that I would let him!) He is always ready to do or try anything. He makes teaching him enjoyable and easy. He learns new things incredibly fast and retains the behaviors easily. He is always eager and ready to pick up anything I drop and hand it to me (which really helps reduce my pain levels) and he is great at cuddling and bed warming. I also love how excited he is each morning when he realizes I’m awake. 🙂

I’m not 100% happy with this editing but not sure how to make him look less like an add-on to the scene. It is something with his feet, but I can’t figure it out.

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I took advantage of the amazing 70 degree weather and did Voodoo’s very first jump training session. This is based on a Susan Salo method of teaching a dog to jump properly and how to adjust his stride as needed and eventually how to jump and turn. This is the entire first 5 min. session from start to finish. Then I had him do just a couple more jumps to get the photo at the end for this week’s photo challenge of “movement”. https://vimeo.com/205615061

Week 8 Photo Challenge– Capture Movement

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Catching up- Dock Diving

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Update: added a photo at the end of this post.

While I had a forced month off from offering Barn Hunt training to others due to my rats being in quarantine (thankfully found clear of the potential virus outbreak) I signed Voodoo up for a month of swimming at a heated indoor saltwater pool that is less than an hour from me. We went down there a few times a week, mostly for him to just swim, but also to practice beginning dock diving stuff and some auto finishes on his retrieve.

Voodoo had a BLAST at the indoor heated pool today! Now that he’s 10 mo. old, I wanted to get him started on the baby dock diving stuff.

He was invited into the pool a bit early because the puppy ahead of him was hesitant to go in the water and it was hoped that seeing him in the water would help give her confidence. Not sure it helped her, but Voodoo was loving it so much! Right after I bought him on the dock, he did a quick sniff of the puppy and then ran down the ramp into the water! I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get him to come out of the pool! He just swam and swam and switched from one toy to the next. 🙂

But when the other pup left and I picked up a toy, he was willing to come out so he could go back in after the tossed toy. The extra toys were cleaned out of the pool and I was able to start with him getting the toy from my hand off the ramp. He did that no problem and I started raising it up a bit so he would have to do a small push off.

Then I went to the ledge at the end of the pool and tried the same thing, but he stopped at the edge and jumped in without going for the toy. I was happy he was willing to jump in and praised that a lot, but it didn’t get him the toy. So then I held the toy just barely out of his reach, hoping he would do a tiny jump for it. He tried hard and I’m not sure how he held onto the edge at times, but then he got frustrated. So I went back to working on the ramp for a few reps.

When we came back to the end of the pool, I let him get the toy I was holding just out of reach a couple times even though he didn’t go in. I just wanted him to be successful. Then I started him back a few paces and had him follow the toy to the edge, keeping the toy just barely out of reach. He grabbed for it and went in! He lost his grip on the toy, but he did it! Unfortunately, the person there that I had asked to video before wasn’t on the dock so I didn’t get it on video. That’s when I set my phone on the chair and propped it up with a toy (the black thing partially blocking part of the screen). I was hoping to catch the same thing, but he jumped right off after the toy! He didn’t always grab it from my hand, but he was getting the idea!

The slow-mo clip at the end was his final jump of the session taken by the person that works there. In between most of the jumps he got to play tug on the toy.

I’m thrilled with his progress and looking forward to more visits!

Baby steps of Dock diving: https://vimeo.com/201594459

30 second clip of him swimming circles at the start of the session: https://vimeo.com/201592678

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More dock diving practice. I eliminated the run up and I like the results. As long as I don’t anticipate!! Only did 6 of these then let him swim and retrieve from the ramp entrance. https://vimeo.com/201954063 I bought a rubber mat after today’s session that has deep grooves in it that should eliminate all slipping. If the dock is just wet, it retains great grip. But with fast reps, the water doesn’t have time to all drain and when a puddle forms, it gets more slippery for him. I know the mat will eliminate that issue.

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How to blow a retriever’s mind 🙂 Rather than fetching one toy at a time, I had him stay and then threw a whole handful of toys in the pool! He had such a hard time picking which one to bring me! LOL I found that I had to let him get them all and then repeat the process. If I tossed in a toy he had already gotten, he would just keep bringing that one 🙂 https://vimeo.com/202129729

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Voodoo likes the blow dryer at the dog pool 🙂

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Toy grab with new rig and practice of speed retrieve: https://vimeo.com/202879006

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Today, Voodoo was so excited to get to the pool that he JUMPED OVER the 4′ high “door” to the ramp that leads up to the pool! No hesitation at all. Happened so fast I couldn’t do anything to stop him. He will be going all the way to the pool gate ON LEASH from now on. At least he landed on the ramp, so it wasn’t a full 4′ drop. But still way higher than I want him jumping right now!

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Practicing “fetch to heel” for field work. I’m cuing this as he is coming toward me and hopeful he will be able to tell the difference between this “auto heel” retrieve for field work and “retrieve to front” for obedience. https://vimeo.com/205606351

Forgot to add this photo. Tried to get an action shot for the “capture movement” challenge, but it was just too dark and he was moving too fast to get a good shot indoors. But this is how he jumped when I put him on a stay, tossed in his toy and released him to get it.

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Catching up- Barn Hunt

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Voodoo is well on his way toward his Championship title!  Only 2 more Qs needed, which I’m hoping he will get in MI in a couple weeks.

Feb 3rd:

No luck today at barn hunt. Voodoo had a close discrimination between a rat tube and a bedding tube and he hit on the bedding one before he sniffed the rat tube. Second run he had 5 rats, found 4, sniffed and ignored the 5th and then found a bedding tube he liked. 😦. Several dogs are hitting bedding. Not sure it it’s the same bedding tube or not. We’ll try again tomorrow. Send him rat thoughts for tomorrow and Sunday

Feb 4th:

Not a good start today. First he dropped a rat he had picked up and I said “shit” and NQd the run but he got to keep hunting… Till he took a dump in the ring. 😦. I had just had him outside and he gave no indication he needed to go after he peed a river. One more run to go today. Hopefully we have all the NQs out of our system.

Q #1 toward Championship: MUCH better 2nd trial! When Voodoo is “on” he is fully ON. He got first place and high in class finding 5 rats in under 2 min.! He even beat the top dog in the sport who has a whopping 39 champion excellent titles! I hope our runs tomorrow also bring qualifying ribbons. He is also wearing his “new title” ribbon that he earned the last time he was at Muncie, but they ran out of them that weekend (for his master title).

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Video of 1st Q: https://vimeo.com/202873594

Feb 5th:

No joy today. On the first run Voodoo decided pooping should be a spectator sport again. I knew early in the run he had once again not given any indication of needing to go outside even though I had kept him out there as long as possible. He found 4 of the 5 rats then went to the gate. I tucked his tail to try to stop him and ended up smearing the poop all over his rear. Not sure if that will make an impression on him or not. But next time he’s probably going to get a match head up his butt! That’s $50 down the drain for his two public dumps this weekend! In the second trial he almost immediately hit on litter and I quickly removed him from the ring to end the fun to hopefully get him the message that litter is not what I want. Oh well, he’s still a baby. Lots to learn!

Feb 17-19 in Muncie:

Voodoo had a great weekend at the Barn Hunt! He got 5 qualifying runs out of 6 attempts (first run he hit on litter). And he is starting to “tell me” when he thinks the course is clear of all the rats! I’m amazed that he has the game figured out SO fast! He is only 4 Qs away from being a Champion! He has 4 shots at it next weekend.

Here are all the videos from this weekend:
Q #2: https://vimeo.com/204829571
Q #3: https://vimeo.com/204831591
Q #4: https://vimeo.com/204832870
Q #5: https://vimeo.com/204833828
Q #6: https://vimeo.com/204834621

Feb 25-26 in KY

Voodoo had a 50% Q rate this weekend. Certainly nothing to be upset about! He had a fast and fun first run in which he qualified (but my phone ran out of space part way through recording it) and then he missed a rat that I KNOW he sniffed when I pointed it out for his second run with 4 rats. It was like he had decided he was done, so it couldn’t be a rat. Oh well. Hopefully he will Q at least twice in MI in a few weeks.

Videos from this weekend. I also bought the professional photos, but have to wait for the CD to arrive.
Q #7- https://vimeo.com/205869986
NQ on day 1- https://vimeo.com/205871262
Q #8- https://vimeo.com/205873128
NQ on day 2- https://vimeo.com/205875239

 

Catching up- nosework

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Once again, I have fallen way behind in updating Voodoo’s blog.  He has been a very busy boy, so I’m going to try to group the updates into categories (nosework, dock diving, barn hunt, and other). Sorry for the flurry of multiple posts.  I’m much more regular about updating his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624424201217618/

Videos of his 2nd and 3rd Level 2 nosework Qs from Jan 18th

2nd Q (first run today) is his most lovely run to date! Only took him 37.58 sec. to find both odors including reward time on the first find. He only barked at the find and did great indications. VERY happy with this run! https://vimeo.com/200126703

3rd Q (2nd run today) he was more amped up and he buzzed by the first odor, which he did bark at and look at, but then he moved away and continued to bark and check containers, so I wasn’t certain on which one. He was much more clear with his second find and then he went back to the area where he first barked and gave a beautiful false alert. I’m guessing the hide had a lot of odor and it was all over that corner. But once I got him near the correct container, he knew it was right without even putting his nose on it. But after the first false alert, I wanted to be certain 🙂 https://vimeo.com/200125926

He is now only 1 Q away from both his level 1 title and his level 2 title. Our next nosework trial is March 15th and 22nd. Only level 1 and 3 are offered at those trials, so I’m hoping to finish his level 1 title and move up to level 3 to get some of those Qs before the National.