Thursday, 29 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
The photos show Nuts at the Worlds in 2006, and weird as talking about memories I cant recall who took them, so cannot acknowledge. I think it was some kind people from South Africa, but not totally sure. But I can remember the sheer exhilaration of the competition.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Whilst on the train of thoughts, it came up in an agility conversation, and someone was putting themselves down, I said you need Lanny Bassham. The conversation halted as they thought I said you 'need a bashing'. I was like "sorry, but violence is not a motivator for me", so I rapidly explained Lanny Bassham's great book 'With Winning In Mind', and then amid much laughter they saw I was advocating raising belief in one's self and ability. After all what is the point of doing something and never really believing in yourself. This book enabled me to really embrace the concepts and implement them, and now when 'doubting thomas' sits on my shoulder I think of LB's book and smile and shrug the 'doubting thomas' off. So LB thank you :-), just wish I had found you sooner, bit like shelties really.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Blimey, we did this bit of training on Sunday, based on the Salo Jumping DVD and trying to get the video together has been a learning curve indeed, especially the audio, and editing out the playing otherwise the video would have lasted about 20 minutes. Far to Long. Then I wanted to get rid of noise. I talk far too much ha ha. Then I thought yaah, lets put some music with it, only my song of choice has copy right issues. Boohoo.
The training was really interesting and we did the excercises, to really try and gain an impression of how they guys moved. If you are interested in how dogs move, you will see that they are all very different. Rivi, i thought was the most at ease along with little Mr Big. Who very much has the attitude, "anything they can do, I CAN". Raz, puts so much effort into it and for a massively powerful dog he adjusted his stride really well. Wing's looks awkward, but this I think stems but to her initial training before she was rehomed to us. It took her a long time to understand we have a chilled training approach and confidence/attitude is key. When you do different stuff, she takes a little while to go 'oh, i get it, this is a good thing' Zev's end of contact training is awesome to me, as you can directly see the difference with him and Rivi. He has done this contact board 3 sessions, yep that was he third session. He has generalised his targeting and release cues. His attitude, is "yeah, me me, my turn NOW" I love it. Rivi, the darling girl is gradually coming back into training, she is so much happier again. My happyoli, long may it continue! :-)
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Having a real high with challenging and moving my training and understanding forward. Another is learning from the Susan Salo - Jumping Foundation DVD. It is great, it contains so much information and I feel so humbled by the sheer knowledge that she has built up and shared. It is serious viewing, and lightbulbs were pinging off in my brain. Last night I did the first element, and with Rivi, Zev and Big, and it was not jumping it is focus on the task, facilitating the landing, taking off, and drive to the reward, without jumping. It was fascinating to watch our guys learning curves, doing the exercise as they were having a go with so much confidence and rapidly gaining technique.
p.s A couple of people kindly posted complimentary comments, but doh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hit delete instead of publish. Please accept my apologies, I clearly need to train my fingers better ;-)
Sunday, 4 January 2009
p.s So pleased with it I have now requested a d-w and s-s version, so I can do away with using cardboard;-)