Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hit-it Board by NoseTouch.com

I ordered a hit-it board last week because I want to train my two dogs to do a running contact in addition to a stopped contact.

I'm a logical thinking person, and after much research the box method by Rachel Sanders seemed like the most logical choice.

However the "problem" with her method is that it relies on a large target that needs to be faded and it relies on accurat "clicks" when the dog performs correctly. I'm not afraid to admit that accuracy is not one of my top 100 abilities.

So I needed a tool thay was accurate, in comes the "Hit-it Board" by NoseTouch.com (a division of PetMinders Inc).

Since I live in Canada,  finding agility products locally is tough at best. More often then not I order fron US based companies because they have better prices and cheaper shipping - even when taking in to account any duty I will have to pay.

Both NoseTouch.com and Clean Run carry the product at the same price. However Clean Runs shipping was significantly cheaper, so I went with them.

It took only 6 days for my package to arrive.

At first glance the quality and design impressed me. However, the battery box rattles so I am assuming the battery is loose in there but I have yet to open it up to check (too many screws).

Regardless the unit works. It came with some basic instrictions on how to train the dog to use it and how to build up to getting performance on the contacts. I had to read the instructions a few times to understand some of the steps as the wording isn't the best.

As I have two sound reative dogs and this unit sounds remarkably like my fire alarm I had to counter condition the beep before we could start any training.

I will start training a foot target tonight and post a video of our progress soon.

So, in summay, I am initially impressed with the unit but time will tell if it holds up with wear-and-tear.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Master Jumper @ AARF

I'm exhaused.

This is why I don't do day long trials - three events is enough for me.

Both dogs were in this event. Indie was up first and ran great except he ran around the entire jump when I did a push behind on an early jump. I know this is a trouble area for us so it's on my todo training list. Even with the refusal he was 4.03yps.

Travis was awesome and earned us our only Q of the weekend. His fastest ever MJ at 4.3yps.
I lost the course map but it was a tricky one. Ill see if I can remember it and post a picture later

Master Standard @ AARF

Well that was unexpected.

Travis caught a glimps of a ring crew member sitting in the corner aftwr taking jump #6 and that was it. He froze wouldn't move.

I picked him up and lined him up for the a-frame but he just kept turning around and stared.
Luckily this is as freaked out as Travis gets but he was freaked none the less. We left the ring - no point making him do something when he isn't feeling it. 

Hopefully he forgets this by the next event.

Master Gamblers @ AARF

Decided to give MG a try. Indie works great at a distance but we still haven't master the 180 degree flip away. I tried to manipulate the correct turn to the teeter by sending Indie in to the tunnel on my right and calling him hoping he'd turn left. He didn't. He rurned right, came back towards me and back in the tunnel before I could react.

We only got 30 very safe points in the opening but Indie ran fast hard and accurate. He's a good boy.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Master Standard @ AARF

This is Travis' first Master Standard agility event of 2013 at Absolute Agility (AARF).
We had a refusal on the weave poles and an incorrect entry too. A few wide turns on the wraps but otherwise it was fun. Travis really enjoyed himself on this course.

Advanced Standard @ AARF

After a long winter with no practice Indie ran in his first Advanced Standard agility event of 2013 at Absolute Agility (AARF).
Not practicing means you should expect a crappy performance and that's exactly what I got. Don't get me wrong, it is all my fault and I shoulder 100% of the blame.
As usual Indie enjoyed himself thoroughly and blazed around the course like a kid hopped up on redbull and candy.
Everything was going well until the off course out of 5. Instead of turning to go over 6 he blasted ahead in to the next tunnel ahead.
Otherwise he was spectacular!
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