The Return! Rally Course of the Week – April , 2013

Course Detail Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 30’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Download this Course: CARO 30′x 70′ Course – Novice T12-051

Herding – March 30, 2013

Yesterday, since I had to drive in to Winnipeg to pick up dog food for work, I decided to bring Bear with me and go herding for the first time this year. We have not been out since our first trial in September but we are attending a clinic next month so I figured itContinue reading “Herding – March 30, 2013”

Running Contacts à la Trkman: My thoughts

Since I spoke about running contacts in my 2012 wrap-up post,  I thought I would take some time to share what we did in more detail. I had been toying with teaching a modified four on the floor before our training was interrupted in 2009. What I had been trying to work towards was aContinue reading “Running Contacts à la Trkman: My thoughts”

Looking ahead at dog related goals for 2013

Now that things are slowing down (relatively) for the winter I’m taking some time to consider what I would like to work on this year. I had  look at my 2011/2012 goals and, while we worked  little bit on all of them, the only ones we achieved was fixing the back up 3 steps forContinue reading “Looking ahead at dog related goals for 2013”

Sniff It – Week Four

By now we have a regular Sniff It routine here – we do our homework every morning – Bear thinks this is a wonderful way to earn breakfast. This week in our class, our first assignment was to make things more challenging happening for our dogs by adding more containers, more boxes and more containersContinue reading “Sniff It – Week Four”

Sniff It – Week Three

This week our assignments involve making things more difficult for dogs and encouraging them to use their nose. We used two exercises to do this. The first exercise involved hiding containers in boxes. One container was filled with food, the other was empty. The dog’s job is to find the food container, my job isContinue reading “Sniff It – Week Three”

Sniff It – Week Two

This week our assignment was to hide the food container out of sight and have the dog find it. Since we were at home when the assignment was given and there happens to be lots of nooks and crannies. I recorded our first session last Sunday. We have played this game before, hiding Bear’s favoriteContinue reading “Sniff It – Week Two”

Sniff It – Week One

I have really been looking forward to our online Sniff It class with Sumac Grant-Johnston of Wag It Training in Maine, USA. Online training is the perfect opportunity to train at home and on my own time – attending class here means I need to find a class on a night that I am notContinue reading “Sniff It – Week One”

Post-Test Plans for Tracking

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. -Ralph Waldo Emmerson Oh haven’t you heard? I’m so done with feeling bad about the tracking test. While I am not over it, I am moving on, negative feelings are – to use a word – exhausting. Between teachingContinue reading “Post-Test Plans for Tracking”

Notes: Tracking lecture by John (Jack) Wilhelm September 2, 2012

The following is my interpretation of some of the topics covered in a short (2.5hour) lecture delivered by John (Jack) Wilhelm after our tracking test last Sunday. I am posting them, like I have for other seminars in the past, because writing helps me process things. I’ll add my thoughts/comments at another time. Training vs.Continue reading “Notes: Tracking lecture by John (Jack) Wilhelm September 2, 2012”