Only 2 weeks has gone by this time! Let’s see if I can keep that trend going. Although, it has been a busy 2 weeks.
Our Wednesday night obedience classes wrapped up. This week is our last Thursday night obedience class. I’m glad to have more nights free to train outside more. And drive less. A lot less. Karl and Fringe will complete the Beginner Obedience class this week! I don’t know if he will go on to the next level yet or not. But it’s nice that he can still work with her even with his bad knee since obedience is much less strenuous for the human.
Sonic saw Dr Julia again and got more exercises to add to his regimen. He also got to go out to 3 weeks for his next appointment. His rear seems to be getting stronger and more powerful.
Every year the Upper Midwest Australian Shepherd Club hosts an agility trial and raffle to raise money for the National Canine Cancer Foundation. We entered the trial again this year and had a lot of fun. We love this year’s Gone But Not Forgotten shirts. Our dogs have their own row. It’s sad but yet kind of nice that they are all together. Karl thought he might be able to run Fringe but his knee was actually feeling worse a few days before the trial. So I ran Fringe, Letty and Seven. I got some good contact training in. I had to redo them and just do the contact obstacle. It’s soooo frustrating. Fringe finished her Novice Regular and Open Jumpers titles. Seven finished his Novice Gamblers and Open Jumpers titles. Letty finally had a stopped dogwalk on her first try in the 2nd round of Regular. She was starting to get poopy about the contacts so it was nice to finally get success and then to end the day with Jumpers. And this year the UMASC will be sending nearly $9000 to the NCCF!
The Sunday we could go to training it was canceled. Seems to be my luck a lot. So I went tracking. I’ve been doing more tracking to get Vada ready for the TDX test on May 3rd – draw is tonight – and Letty we keep working on IPO tracking. I also took Letty to weight pull practice for her first time. I’m pretty sure she might hate it. My harness was too small for her but we found another she could use. I hooked her up to a tire and had her pull that around their walking path a few times. Then we hooked her up to the cart. The usually way to get them to pull is to pull on their leash so they give into the pressure. That doesn’t work with Letty and she freaked. So I had her do a chin press to my hand to bring her forward with that and it worked pretty well. Then I put her up for a rest and we did 1 more round of 2 or 3 pulls with the empty cart. Then I ended with having her pull the tire around the yard again. It’s so mental for them. At first she didn’t think she could pull the tire but once she did it was no big deal. Plus, the scary OES was there. Poor girl can’t get a break. LOL She did well. It’s always interesting to put them into new situations to see how they handle things. We are such creatures of habit that the dogs get comfortable doing the same things all the time. After weight pull practice we went to Mendards and bought supplies for an IPO wall jump! Then went to dinner with friends.
I covered class for Nancy last week and last night. The first week I only had 1 student but last night I had 3 students! Nancy is back next week. Then the following week I cover for her again. I’ve been making up the Tuesday classes with Letty and Fringe on Monday’s in Michelle’s class. Last night was the last 6:30pm class (Seven’s class) in the session so I think we’ll not sign up for next session at this time. Karl can sign up again once he gets the clear from the doctor to run agility again. I’ll just have to make time to work Seven in the yard. Vada got to split the class with Seven last week and last night. She loves it! We did 12″ last week and 16″ last night.
Karl saw his doctor about his knee on Thursday and had an MRI on Friday. He has a torn meniscus. He sees an orthopedic specialist tomorrow morning. So we should have some more answers then. I’m guessing he’ll need surgery. And 6 weeks in a knee brace and crutches. But maybe we’ll be surprised and it will be not so bad.
Friday I drove out to Honey Creek to my little cabin. It was 77 and sunny when we got there. Letty thought that was too hot. We got a little hike in and I scoped out some tracking areas. Sadly, it rained Saturday and Sunday pretty much all day. Saturday I laid a track for Vada. I aged it 2.5 hours and it rained pretty much the whole time. She worked her butt off and found the gloves but I don’t know that she found them legally. But then I started to wonder if I had lost the track. She is almost always right and she got mad at me. Bad trainer! But I was smart and just dropped the line and let her go. The seminar started at 2pm and was green dog handling. Sunday was Masters dogs. Letty was happy that we had cooler weather on her working day. It stopped raining just as the seminar ended so I was able to get a bit of hiking in before dark. I was grateful for that! Monday was an early start for the seminar. Plus I had to pack and clean up the cabin. I was sad to say goodbye to it again. At Christy’s between courses I was able to lay a track for Letty to work on corners. Gorgeous lush grass = nailing corners. I worked Vada on Utility exercises. And I played ball with Seven. It was a good weekend. And the drive home was uneventful. I swear agility keeps changing so much though and I just can’t keep up. I feel like Tracy is speaking another language sometimes. But she does a great job walking us through things so that we are able to do them. If we get our handling right, the dogs have no problem.
While I was gone Karl put together the IPO wall! It’s look great! Letty’s been over it already and really likes it. Now I can work her up to full height so we can at least get full points on that exercise.