Lately I have been working on some ‘heel upgrades’ with Zae. Doing so by playing around with little things seeing what we can do and what works best for us. The ultimate goal in mind is always to clean up and make his heel even sharper. I also decided to start to actually train a fun go to heel position.. still in very beginning stages but I am pleased so far. Also, very happy with how sharp Zae’s turns are getting as I was looking to get cleaner, crisper 90° turns with him.
This little trick is a behavior I never ever actually trained with Zae. I asked him to do it one day and from there we just started doing it. 🙂 He was just able to quickly figure it out because of all the foundation skills we train. I am intending to use this behavior to further clean up his heel. In the end, I want those sharp turns with a dog who stays nice and parallel to me. I am also hoping it will help him pay more attention to details like my legs instead of just staring up at me with his goofy face and not paying true attention 😋 The beauty is in the details – training dogs is so fun !
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In January we relocated to Oregon. A dream come true. Packed my stuff and my dogs in my little car and we made the 35hr journey with smooth sailing. The weather here is lovely and mild and the area is full of nature and amazing views. We have a big yard with lots of land and the dogs have been enjoying lots of walks.
Mayhem and Zae are entered in a trial in Albany, OR this weekend. Zae is entered in both premier runs sat/sun too. Lots of ring time ! Running in horse arenas will be a bit of a change for both dogs but longterm will be better. More space and better footing. I am super excited and looking forward to spending time with dogs and friends for the weekend.
However, the dogs haven’t seen equipment in 8+ months. With getting the stars to align in order to move for some time I was not doing agility. Not wanting to commit to entering a trial in one state when I was looking to leave to another. 🙂 And just taking a break and not taking the time to drive an hour each week to train dogs and worked instead.
So I took a day off and made the 3.5hr drive up to Salem and back just to train the dogs. Had to make sure we didn’t forget everything. 🙂 The barn is absolutely amazing with great surface sad it is so far away. Working with the dogs was really fun. Time off is always golden and of course after a lengthy break we have some skills to repolish and I have to get back in sync with handling myself. 🙂 But love these dogs ❤️
Also, stay tuned for details on PyrWild classes coming to the Medford area ! And for everyone else not in Southern Oregon, I offer plenty of remote, online learning options and help. 🙂 See Training