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 Post subject: Re: Hruh Hroh
 Post Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:15 am 
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Jim, you can reschedule date night, right? Just do a little rearranging and everything will be fine!

Just don't tell your wife I said that X_X

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 Post subject: Re: Hruh Hroh
 Post Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 11:19 pm 
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Reschedule date night?!?!? No way!

Cannon is twittering the other dogs to get them to combine the level 2 class for Thursday, so Tuesday will be open for the intro class!

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 Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 9:53 am 
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Well, Cannon's Twitter campaign failed because, as he should have realized, the Border Collies have their own exclusive network (those agility snobs!) and so they didn't get the word. But in a shocking turn of events, date night has been moved to Friday for the next 8 weeks, and Cannon and I are enrolled in the introductory class starting next week!

Whoopee!

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 Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 9:59 am 
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Little advice..from a "Hog Hunting Widow"...Make Friday Night Date Night awesome for the next 8 weeks!!!!!!

Unless you want to be "married" to your Lacy... :))

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 Post subject: Re: Hruh Hroh
 Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 10:17 am 
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WOOT :ymparty: I can't wait for the updates! And pictures. Maybe your very understanding wife can tag along to take picture.

Is Cannon on Twitter? Cause Sadie is, http://twitter.com/bluelacy. I swear, that dog is so Internet savvy, gotta keep that big Lacy brain occupied :))

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 Post subject: Re: Hruh Hroh
 Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:50 pm 
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Should have know Sadie would have beaten him to the punch on that one, and he should have had her get the word out! But hey, we are a Sadie 'follower' now.

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 Post Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:50 pm 
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I just got the pre-class 'homework' and list of stuff to bring...

I'm as excited as a kid on Christmas Eve!

Of course now I have to pretend it's Christmas and shop for the stuff I don't have; fortunately I have most of what is needed from the SAR work we've done.

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 Post subject: Re: Hruh Hroh
 Post Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:07 pm 
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If they tell you to get a tab, which I'm guessing they eventually will so you might want to go ahead and order it anyway, I think this is far and away the best one for a Lacy: http://www.gundogsupply.com/k-9-komfort ... g-tab.html. I tried several different tabs, and I gave all the rest away to people in my class. It is the perfect size for a Lacy, won't trip them up but you can still reach it, and it can actually hold up to their moves. Sometimes Sadie goes all rodeo on me when she sees another dog take off for a run, so the sturdiness and grip come in handy.

And what are your homework assignments? I'm way behind on my distance homework from last week :-

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 Post subject: Re: Hruh Hroh
 Post Posted: Sun May 31, 2009 7:42 pm 
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The tab isn't on the list, but I can see why you'd want one. She listed both a 6' lead and also (I was surprised) a long lead and harness, with no handles on either lead. Maybe the harness is in lieu of the tag, since they are pretty easy to grab and hold a dog close. At least that setup is the same as for SAR... long line with nothing that can catch on something.

I'm sure there will no end to shopping opportunities. I'm still looking for a good tug toy (on the list) that will last. When I went to Cynosport the flyballers all had these long tough tug toys they used to reward the dog and keep it moving away after it ran back. Still looking for the right one - Clean Run seems to have a few. I also had to pick up a crate (Yay Craigslist!) to keep at the facility. I used a crate when he was little, but not since then.

Home work is this: http://clickertraining.com/node/167 , to do some reading (http://clickertraining.com/files/clickertraining.pdf) and to familiarize your 'canine partner' with clicker training. I've already used a variant of clicker, with the difference being I make the sound "X" instead of using a mechanical clicker, which allows the use of a "bridging sound" like "exsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexe" :) while the dog is doing something that takes more time. It let's him know he is on track, and then you give the big "X" and a reward when he completes the task.

Does your class use clicker techniques?

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 Post subject: Re: Hruh Hroh
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:47 pm 
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Jim,

Cannon is out of my Billie. He looks a lot like Billie. He is a real handsome dog. Love the look of him. Not just because he came from mine.

Billie was a really tough pup. She was very shy at first and then when she gained her confidence she was a tough puppy.

I think that there is more natural shyness in these dogs especially as pups. This is probably one of the reasons that they would survive without people. They generally have fear especially up until 6 months.

Now Cannon is probably more like a year and a half. You had better massage his personality or he will need drastic measures which I don't like to deliver. I would rather train in small increments. Then you "massage" the dog in to your perfect counterpart.

These dogs are in need of lots of attention and guidance. And if you are scared of your own dog then you are way off track from where you need to be mentally with your dog.

I would definitely run him and take him lots of places and socialize him a ton. You stay in control and take baby steps. You want to share many components of your world with him. Just take him places and spend time with him. Make him stay out of your way and do not let him annoy others.

Does he load the vehicle on command? Does he get out of the vehicle on command? I would start here and then move to commanding him into the back seat. Just get really comfortable with him in and around your vehicle. You are a big guy so you can push him around a little bit. If you call him out of the vehicle and he does not come grab his collar and say "come on" once and pull him out.

He will get comfortable with you handling him and he will never lash out at you even if you pull a bloody rib bone out of his mouth. I have a lot of dogs and some are really rough but none of them would every be aggressive towards me. It is just not even comprehensible. I do not beat them or anything like that. It is all a mental understanding that is gained through hundreds of brief interactions like loading up and going to the store. "Get in the back." "No", do not chew the seat belt. Etc.

Call me sometime. I want to hear more. Again, good looking dog and I like his name.

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 Post subject: Re: Hruh Hroh
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:00 pm 
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Great to hear from you Sean!!

Cannon does do most everything you say he should. His release is the word "Ding", and he will wait to get into or out of the car for as long as necessary until he hears that. Same for a stay. I had him wait for me to walk out to our front gate and close it yesterday (maybe 200' feet away) and he stayed put the whole time. So all in all, I think he is doing a great, and I have done as suggested and made sure he'd let me take his meat away if I chose to. After a little snipping the first couple of times, he now will let me take it back. He sure thinks that's unfair though.

And as far as meeting other dogs, there hasn't been a repeat of that one incident. I think, like someone said, he just didn't like that retriever. I don't know how other Lacys are, but Cannon is keenly aware of the size of the other dog, in addition to its attitude. We met a couple of humongous dogs this morning (one looked like a dane only heavier built), and Cannon was very respectful. The big dogs were calm, and Cannon wagged his tail and didn't even try to circle around to sniff as they touched noses.

I'll give you a call Sean so we can catch up!

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