Since February 2011, I’ve really been trying to change the way Bear and I ‘play’ the rally game. Our last successful run of trialing was back in 2009 and since then we have failed for Bear barking his head off in the ring, for Bear wandering around the ring like some sort of zombie dogContinue reading “Rally Reflections…I think we’re over the hump!”
A few weeks ago, as many of you know, we hosted a CARO rally trial. We offered most regular classes with the exception of Excellent Team and Versatility Excellent (not many folks working at this level yet). We also offered the new Working Level as a For Exhibition Only (FEO) run. What is the WorkingContinue reading “CARO Working Stream – I think it could be fun!”
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”
Ever since I attended a drafting seminar in New Brunswick way back in 2007 (put on by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada I think), I have been meaning to make a cart for Bear…I mean how hard can it be right? I found some cart plans that made sense to me on-line atContinue reading “Woodworking Weekend – Making a Cart (Part 1)”
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”
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”
Most people will notice the challenge of having to walk by food bowls before performing them. This is common enough and something both handlers and dogs should be prepared for. What might be less apparent is the fact that this course consist of numerous sits (I count 16!).
For our inagural course of the week, I present to you….