Iliopsoas! Say that ten times fast!

Do you know what the heck an iliopsoas is? I didn’t until this week. This past Saturday at Rally class, Bear didn’t seem quite right. His pivots weren’t as enthusiastic as usual and while he was excited to work he was slow and lagging behind a bit. This was uncharacteristic behavior for him. Wondering ifContinue reading “Iliopsoas! Say that ten times fast!”

Winter Tracking!

Well for some reason, 6 minutes has done wonders for my own motivation to get back into training with Bear. This weekend, we had some wonderful weather, especially for February in Manitoba and so, while I had some bread rising and some beans simmering on the stove, I ran across the street to lay outContinue reading “Winter Tracking!”

Winter 2011-2012 Indoor Training Projects

Winter is officially here and I feel like Hibernating. Bear, on the other hand, has ideas of his own. Lately he has been bringing me his toys, trying to entice me into playing with him. If I don’t respond he brings them to Sean who exclaimed earlier this week “will you DO something with thisContinue reading “Winter 2011-2012 Indoor Training Projects”

Tracking Update – (Re)Learning the Obvious

Well, I have to (sheepishly) admit that haven’t been out tracking much lately. Part of my reluctance has been that: I haven’t been really sure what to do about out corner trouble; and, I’ve been afraid that repeating the same (wrong) thing over and over might only serve to reinforce the bad habits I thinkContinue reading “Tracking Update – (Re)Learning the Obvious”

Bear Tracks! Week Four

This week was a week of distractions. Our first distraction was a thunderstorm rolling in.  Bear isn’t afraid of thunder but he does bark at loud noises outside the house (when he’s inside) and this goes for motor bikes, loud trucks, fire works and…thunder. The great thing about prairie thunderstorms is you can see themContinue reading “Bear Tracks! Week Four”

Bear Tracks! Week Three

I learned two very important things this week that will help me on blind tracks. And both items relate to… Body Language & Handling Very Important Thing #1: Bear works better when the track is down wind. I accidentally set a track with a leg up wind and he did lots of drifting back andContinue reading “Bear Tracks! Week Three”

Bear Tracks! Week Two

This was a gruelling tracking week as the plan we are following had six tracks a day! Now this might not sound like a lot when you imagine doing six 20 foot tracks but we gradually moved from a 5 meter track to 400 meter tracks which, takes a LOT of time! From a training perspective though, this meansContinue reading “Bear Tracks! Week Two”

Bear Tracks! Week One

The first week of the rest of our  tracking lives… Bear and I attended a tracking seminar last fall and  had a lot of fun, learned a lot and really enjoyed watching different dogs  work. We did maybe about 2 weeks of tracking last year before it got cold, I  got busy…you all know how it goes.Continue reading “Bear Tracks! Week One”