Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Another day another Agility course

So we've had two more lessons since our last post. They've both gone surprizingly well. I really am waiting for her to decide that she just wants to be crazy and Frap around the course.
We are in pre-novice class but our courses are Excellent courses. Basically the thinking is if we can do excellents we should be able to Ace the Novice courses. In theory this will work if we can actually remember the whole thing. I wish we had big flags with the #'s on them, it would help but they have little like 4 inch cones with the #'s on them which is hard to see when you're running around at a million miles an hour trying to keep up with the dog.
Jasmine did very well able to do the weaves better, we're working on doing offside entry, which is confusing her and she barks at me to tell me that Hey your supposed to be on the other side of me mom! Our biggest mishap was of course Handler error. The first have and the second have have 3 same obstacles, a tunnel, a jump and another tunnel. The first half is Tunnel, jump tunnel. the second half is Jump, tunnel, tunnel. Well I kept trying to send her Jump Tunnel tunnel in the first half and she kept doing Tunnel jump jump. I was getting very frustrated and then someone pointed out I was asking her to do it backwards and since we had done it correctly once before, she was telling me mom you are telling me to do it wrong, I'm doing it right. Silly me. She still got cookies and a tug toy cause she did it right and I did it wrong.
We also worked on the serpentine which we haven't done in a very very long time and out of the entire class of 9 dogs, we were the only one who nailed it on the first try :) Yay for Corgi memory. My biggest "fear" obsticle is the Teeter. She does it great but last year she decided to do the SUPER CORGI off it at top speed and scared me to death. I'm really bad at telling her easy before it making her slow down. Asking a dog to slow down who does flying contacts tends to slow down your times and makes the dog more tired because they have to make up for the lost momentum. Well I'm going to have to work on trusting the dog and not my crazy voice in my head.
Well. Off to bed. Work calls bright and early.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Back to Agilty after a YEAR off

So Monday was Jasmine's and my first day back to Agility class since last year. This has been because of my work schedule, class schedule etc/etc. Thankfully though, last Valentines day I came home to "home made" to AKC standard Weave Poles and a 12 inch variable height jump. Well over the past year we've created a small dog agilty area up the property to keep the equipment on and have an area other than the front yard to practice in.
So Monday. I'm thinking, she's not been to class in a year, she's gonna go BANANAS when she sees Julie ( one of her favorite people-mainly for the cheeze), our trainer. Not to mention that there are soo many obsticles that she loves that she has not done in sooo long. We started out the class by doing a Novice course including a tire and the A Frame. Frame, never has been a problem. The tire, that's a compeletly different story. I'm a corgi, I'm short, I can easily go under that why should I go through it. Well we didnt even warm up on the course we just went. and BOY did SHE FLY. I forgot how fast that girl is. She was probably 12 feet infront of me and I'm just yelling obsticles and pointing and she nailed every single one of them. She did Cross infronts/behinds, went through the tire (first try) through the tunnels and finished without knocking a single bar down. Oh we were sooo happy and yes she did bark the entire time.
The next session we did included the A Frame, Weaves, Tire, broad jump and again many many jumps. The entire set went really really well until.... the weaves. :( Definately need to pull them out and work on them some more. She has the concept down but exicution is a different story. She breaks or does the I'm a Corgi, Why should I thing. Very irritating. Either way the day ended on her being able to run around like a lunatic jumping every jump in sight. I can't wait for a match, she will do very very well in a jumpers class.
Well that's all for the moment. We will continue our work with weaves and hopefully do better next week.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Long time no post, Alot to catch up on.

Well as you can see it's been a long time since we've posted. The summer has already come and gone but let me catch you up on the girls. Ms. Jasmine has decided that buterflies also known as "boo flies" are very very yummy and a ball to chase. She finally has got the jump in the air and bite at them down to an art and is catching them on a regular basis. I think the cooler weather is finally slowing them down enough for her to catch them.
"AH hAA Igotted you!"
"MMM snack time"

If you look really close at her mouth in this picture you'll see the butterfly.

"Rolling on the poor boofly"

Not only did Jasmine have a good time this summer playing with butterflies, she also has been tempted again by our resident duck "Peepers" and her batch of ducklings. This is the first time Peepers has had a batch of ducklings live to adulthood. All previous babies have been picked off by the Offsprey before they had the chance to grow. These ducks are unfortunately very very tame mainly due to Peepers being raised by my neighbors a couple years ago, so they tend to live on the property during the summer time. Being tame though does have its good points, upclose and personal pictures. Jasmine was not pleased at this photoshoot as I made her down stay for about 1/2 hour while I took photos.

"Good Dog"

"Brave ducks"

"pahhhlleease let me get them!"

Summer has ended and fall is here, time for our Halloween Dress up :) Unfortunately they do not make "Corgi" sized costumes. Here is the costume I got for Jasmine, a medium which I thought would be long/large enough for her. http://apparelandaccessories.petedge.com/assets/product_images/styles/medium/ZA539_230X230.JPG Well I was wrong, it doesn't fit her, doesn't fit Razzie very well BUT it does fit the cat :) Yes the cat is wearing the costume. Emmy is a very good kitty and doesn't mind being kitty tourtured as long as there are treats and pets.

"Razzie getting into the spirit of Halloween"

Corgi ears are not made for costumes

"Emmy NOT Amused"

"Ok Fine, I'll let you take my picture, but I'm still not amused"

Ok so that's enough catching up for now. There is probably more still to add but I'll just have to add it later.

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