Friday, August 31, 2012

Ball hunting

Both the dogs like hunting the tennis ball in the sand..

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Archie plays too!

I also got some video of Archie at the beach.. There was a helicopter flying around, and I don't know that he's ever heard/seen one, so I put Reiker's long line on him. He chases boats and cars, so I had no faith he wouldn't chase the helicopter! He ignored it, though.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It's been a long time in progress...

But at the beach the other day, Reiker was able to play fetch with a SINGLE ball for several throws in a row. :) And proof:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More Reiker at the beach

My phone seems to know which way up it is while videoing! This video was mostly playing with my phone's camera, so excuse the.. um.. stuff. :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reiker playing at the beach

After tiring him out with some fetch, he decided to roll on a big stick!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A new trick!

Jill was capturing Reiker doing this trick, I call it "Shimmy". I realize it'll wreck my downstays for a while, but it's cute and easy to get him to focus on when there's stuff.. going on!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Come Game

This is just from a couple weeks ago, when I was house sitting in the country. I tried playing the come game with Reiker back in March or so, and he couldn't focus well enough to even do 2' apart. Progress! :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hanging out in the motorhome...

He's come such a long way. Lying on the floor playing with his toys (He LOVES the Kyjen Snake, and Kong Wubba!)

But of course, he's still naughty.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A walk up behind SRR

It's so pretty where we are now, but we're moving again... I took some video on a hike a month or two ago behind our new/now-old place.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Old video of Reiker!

Some old video of Reiker from this winter/spring. Comparing it to more recent stuff.. :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

And Reiker does some agility!!

We went out to Centennial park July 4 to work some dogs, and Reiker got introduced to an agility jump there. He did maybe 10 reps of restrained jumping at 10", couldn't keep the bar up at 16. We also did some focus and some "drive building" work. He has a new trick, and I call it (somewhat non-politically correctly) Hands Are For Pain, after some bad training advice that a client of mine received and shared with me. He brings me his toy and I lightly slap his muzzle and head while he shakes his toy and growls. Great fun.

Anyway, that evening I think he did a super short session of restrained agility, and we've had four weeks since then. At least one week, he did nothing since he'd injured his foot. I can't remember if he worked all three of the other sessions or not.

So, I think this is session 5.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Muzzle fitting video

While we were on our walk, I had Jill get some video of Reiker with his muzzle on. I've had a few conversations with people lately who haven't understood that a dog should be able to PANT FREELY when in a basket muzzle. So here's what it should look like!

Monday, August 6, 2012

More downtown

We took a series of photos of the dogs "sitting on things" while we were downtown. Thanks to Jill for operating the camera!

On the edge of the Library:
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On a bench:
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On a rock!
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On a stool? I guess?

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Downtown visiting

We've been spending a night each week in Downtown Kamloops. I stay at my gramma's place, and Archie usually sleeps in her apartment with me, but Reiker usually sleeps in the car. It's worked out well so far.

We go out for a "last pee" around downtown after dark. I have started to put a 15' long line on him to give him a bit more room to move around, and he thinks he should be a drug dog! :)

This week, we got out of agility early and decided to take the dogs for a walk down the main drag in Kamloops. It was about 8:30 or so, so not super busy.

I put his muzzle on, since I'm working on getting him used to it. It's easier for him to not bother it when there's other sights and sounds to focus on.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Relaxing in the crate

We're been working on crate stuff. I hadn't used any hardware on his crate at all for several weeks, with no problems. I was delayed one day when house sitting and he pulled his crate open while I was out, but didn't destroy anything (thankfully!!), so when I noticed that he was pulling the "safety" apart on the one end of the crate, I put one padlock on each end. If I'm going out and think he's likely to be worried, I clip a bolt snap to the door for added security, but I think it's probably unnecessary. His overall crate anxiety has gone WAY down.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Reiker's updates..

It's been a challenge to post to the blog without good internet access, so it's been a while since I've posted much about Reiker's progress.

Last I posted, we were working on some basics in a mall parking lot:

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I'll do a series of posts on what we've been up to since..

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