Carting with Epic – April 19/17 (VIDEO)

Since I posted about Epic being worried about our cart this past Monday, I’ve been mulling over how I might approach our next session to encourage her out of her cart induced paralysis. Today, I decided to use her supper as a reward instead of the yummy soft treats I use at agility class. SheContinue reading “Carting with Epic – April 19/17 (VIDEO)”

To Cue, or not to Cue?

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of training dilemma, followed by a training epiphany, followed of course, by a new training dilemma. Training Dilemma #1 Epic and I have been working a lot on heeling lately for rally trials. Occasionally Epic will drift a tiny bit. Sometimes it’s a forge, sometimes a lag,Continue reading “To Cue, or not to Cue?”

CARO and CKC Comparison: Eligibility

 One of the things that drew me to CARO originally was the fact that CARO rules allow for the participation of a wide range of individual dogs and people. CKC, on the other hand is a bit more restrictive although I am very pleased about the recent changes they have made to allow the participationContinue reading “CARO and CKC Comparison: Eligibility”

CARO and CKC: What’s the difference?

Many of us involved in the sport of rally obedience often have an opportunity to participate in the same sport under different organisations. in order to succeed in the same sport in multiple venues, a person really needs to have an idea of each organisations rules. We all do this for different reasons. maybe weContinue reading “CARO and CKC: What’s the difference?”

Pupdate – May 2014 Dog Shows

After our last dog show, I resolved to do something about how Epic appears in profile, so back to conformation handling classes we went. What I learned is that if I hold Epic’s head up by her collar just a bit, and lover the bait to almost my knees, it improves her profile a lot.Continue reading “Pupdate – May 2014 Dog Shows”

Pupdate – March 8, 2014

In the past two weeks, we haven’t been up to a whole lot. Epic came with me to deliver a CARO rally obedience seminar in Winnipeg. It was her second time in hotel, her first time in an elevator and her first weekend in the portable fabric crate. We survived, the crate survived and noContinue reading “Pupdate – March 8, 2014”

Pupdate – February 21, 2014

Last weekend, Epic and I attended our very first conformation dog show. We have been preparing at home and in class for some time now and a local show provided the perfect opportunity to put our skills to the test. Since it was Epic’s first show, and because I had some teaching commitments I decidedContinue reading “Pupdate – February 21, 2014”

Pupdate is Back!

When I last reported before Christmas, Epic was coming up to her 6 month “birthday”. Between a short holiday over Christmas and being incredibly busy at Prairie Dog Daycare, it was easy to let things slide. Epic is just over 7 months old now and old enough to come to ‘big dog’ daycare. She comesContinue reading “Pupdate is Back!”

Pupdate – Week 23

23 Weeks, 1 Day I have gradually been introducing Epic to some different adult dogs from the ones I typically allow to meet puppies. I am doing this gradually because a negative experience can have long lasting effects. So far she’s handling things very well with new dogs: she’s greeting them appropriately, inviting them toContinue reading “Pupdate – Week 23”