Yoshi Training Diary - Aug 2004
By Ellen Clary
(reverse date order)
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Sat Aug 28
Fri Aug 27
Had one piece of the weave pole guides not fit very well on the
pole. I tried to work around it with velcro but the guide would
sag and Yoshi would start jumping over the guide thinking it was a
jump. Replaced the part at noon today and Yoshi is weaving much
better now. Basically he'll do it with a treat at the end though
every so often I'll need to remind him not to jump out.
Once I have him weaving from either side at a reasonable speed, with my
at varying distances, and him entering the poles from a variety of
angles, then I'll need to decide what my next step is. Whether
it's to add poles, add other obstacles, or take away some of the guides
or something else.
Cali and I will be going to the SMART USDAA trial this weekend.
This will be our first USDAA trial in several month, and now we have 2
in a row. First this one with a Steeplechase qualifier (in search
of that elusive 2nd steeplechase Q) and then the Bayteam's Super
Regional Grand Prix qualifier. The cool thing about the super
regional is if you place in the top 50% of the grand prix class you get
to enter directly into the semi-finals at Scottsdale. (Hope,
I'm going to be buying a set of 12 poles from Candy hopefully at SMART. Hope my guides fit on them (they should.)
Tues Aug 24
More pole work - I think he's starting to catch on, I can get him through with two treats now.
Mon Aug 23
Finally bought the pieces to make some weave pole guides according to
some plans that Lissa told me that uses drip irrigation pipe which I
already have. I finished them tonight and put them on the
poles. First put Cali through who jumped over one of the guides
the first time but later did them (she's not a fan of the
guides.) Yoshi was initially hesitant, so I went back to luring
him through and that worked great. Put a treat in each hand,
start luring him with one, he gets to that one eats it and then he sees
the other hand further one and beckoning, then switch to the other hand
and by now you're done with the poles.
The trick will be for him to learn to do the poles while still looking
ahead. Maybe incorporating a toy throw afterward. Though
this is later after he's had Some time on them.
He seems to catch on to these faster than the 2x2s. The 2x2s worked up
to a point then he didn't get them (when I had closed them to 20
degrees or so.) We had backed up to an easier point when I
stopped and let him grown some (and get more coordinated.)
Sun Aug 22
Picked up the weave poles from Cathy, and let Yoshi and Jessie run around like fools.
Sat Aug 21
Went to the new Alameda small dog park. How nice. just a place for the
littles ones to run around with out a big dog zooming in, and Yoshi is
tired - hurray! Yoshi got quickly grouped with the juveniles - big surprise.
Fri Aug 20
Ok, time to get back into the swing of things. I've been back
since Monday and doing some training, but haven't been writing it down.
On our return, the dog sitter said that they did quite well, though I
notice that his recall is worse and it appears that he's gained some
weight (probably not from our trip, but more likely that he's just
getting too much food at meal times since now he's eating.) So he
now gets 1/3 c each meal and lots and lots of work on the recall.
i may have mentioned this before, but I've recently started taking him
for solo walks on a flexi. Great way to work on recalls.
Let him go all the way out and then call him back and reward him like
His "close" and "right" are coming along. "Side" and "right" are more so-so so I'll work those more.
I've changed the sit signal to be a raised hand coming out from my side
instead of in front of me. Much easier for the dogs to see.
"Down" seems fine though I need to raise criteria on it, and "stay" is
Time to get serious and start teaching him to weave. I called
Cathy to get the weave poles back but I think she's out of town.
In the mean time I need to finish the guides that I've been wanting to
make. Both my jump wing style and also the flexible hose variety
that are like the wire guides only more visible.
Jim wants me to teach him to touch a target with either his feet or his
nose. I think I'm going to do the feet since I want to teach him
running contacts. I'm going to use a mouse pad for the target.
I also need to make a hoop guide with some flexible hose for the running contacts.
Tues Aug 10
We're leaving tomorrow morning, but time for a few notes.
I was concerned that he was going to lose his toy drive when he got
more interested in treats. This happens some, but certainly today
and yesterday he was a tug maniac which was very reassuring.
Cali's been getting into the act too so we have these three way tug
sessions (since Cali outsizes him and has very strong jaws she can
still over power him in tug even though he's plenty tenacious.)
He's still tightly wound, There was a game at the Oakland Colleseium
and he was stressing about the noise of the announcer, and then about
the animal noises (Amazing Race was riding donkeys) coming from the
TV. But he finally settled down.
Mon Aug 9
We're prepping for another backpacking trip so there will be a break again here.
Sun Aug 8
The Yosh dude stayed home today since it was supposed to be even hotter
(and it certainly felt like it.) No double Q for Cali but we got
one of those odd feeling zero point jumper's Q's (with the green ribbon
as a parting gift.) She started out the standard run slow but ok
then left me standing flat footed as she barreled to an off course that
I hadn't anticipated. Maybe we praticed the go outs and rear
crosses a bit too much at the warmup jump (and maybe I should add that
caveat to the warmup jump article.)
Trained in the backyard with Yoshi. Did some low jumps and the
teeter and got the tunnel out. I expected to have to go back to
basics with the tunnel as we haven't done it in a while, but he charged
right through it. With two jumps I was able to lead out and call
him over them or send him over them or stand to the side and send him
over them (with a thrown toy and tug as a reward.) I also
introduced taking a single jump at varying angles (jump around
the clock) and he was great. With the teeter he jumped off the
first time then I targeted the contact area with a soft treat and he
promptly started going to the contact zone.
Got a couple of the 2x2 weaves out and worked with them some.
He'll run through them but he really doesn't understand what his job is
so I'm going to have to make some guides. Star's mom gave me a
good idea for making some guides or I'll build the one's I was thinking
of using the jump wing material.
Sat Aug 7
Double Q for Cali and much socialization for Yoshi. Good day
despite the heat. Yoshi and Loni's corgi Robin (a male) hit it
off and ran around like fools for a while. Come afternoon he was
completely wiped out (ahhhhh).
Thur Aug 5
Terri says he way obsessed on a squirrel when she went home for lunch (I went into work later so wasn't able to go home.)
Though in the morning he was fine. He's so funny, the pounding
and hammering of the construction next door doesn't bother him in the
least, but if a dog barks 1/2 a mile away, he barks and growls.
Wish I knew what was going on in his head.
Wed Aug 4
Didn't lock him in his crate tonight and he did fine, and during the
evening before we went to bed he was laying in his crate with the door
open. Cali was laying in hers doing the same thing and it was way
cute. He seems calmer this evening, probably because Terri ran with him some on his walk.
He hasn't peed on something in the house in a month and when he did it was for Leslie.
Had to work late tonight so no class - bummer. Next week I'll be
out backpacking so we won't get to class till the 18th when I'm going
to bring goodies to celebrate Yoshi's 1 year birthday.
Tues Aug 3
This morning I was able to recall him from a squirrel (multiple
times). I rewarded him with Bil Jac and also by releasing him to
go stare at the squirrel some more. He's so different than even a
month ago - my occasionally good boy.
[night] He did a major alarm bark at the top of the trashcan dome that
I had left of the floor. Silly dog. i turned on the light
and let him check it out.
For a few days now I've been experimenting with letting him sleep outside his crate at night, but so far he hasn't settled down.
Mon Aug 2
His recall is doing well now. I've really started using Cali to
get him interested in what we're doing and now that he's eating it's
working a lot better. When they're both in the yard I say "ok
let's go" and Cali (or sometimes both) comes charging in. I have
her sit in full view of Yoshi and make a big deal of rewarding
her. He sees that and comes a running. I have him sit and
reward him as well.
He's also charging right into his crate when I say "crate" and point at
it. I reward them both with their Kongs (hers medium, his small)
stuffed with a treat. What's great is that Cali can tell the
difference between them. Her's is "kong" and his is
"little" When I ask her to get the kong, she'll pick his up and
then drop it (well only if it's empty), because she realizes it's the
It's interesting to me that when I open Yoshi's crate Cali charges over
to check his Kong (little). I was concerned that this would lead
to disagreements but it never has even when Cali tried to jam herself
in there before he'd even left.
Did a couple of 2 minute down stays with Yoshi while we were watching a
movie, now he was at my feet so it was easy to drop my hand down to
make sure he stayed down and he wanted to lay down any way, but hey
I'll take it.
Sun Aug 1
I'm giving up on the water dish thing for now. It's no big deal
if he doesn't eat for a while but it's essential that he drink so we're
back to having two water dishes out.
Took him to Point Isabel dog park which is a huge dog park on the SF
Bay. Kept him on leash till we got a ways from the parking lot
and then let him off to play with a miniature Schnauzer, and then with
a small Beagle, and with the occasional large dog intervening but Cali
would then play dog cop and the large dog would leave (mostly because
the owners of the larger dogs would call their dogs off to leave the
little dogs alone.) We then walked for a ways practicing recalls
from time to time and then we met some pembrokes and had a pem party
for a while. Oh and there were some Norwich Terriers in there
somewhere. It's nice to see small dogs there as it used to be
pretty much just mostly big dogs.
Then we gave him a bath at Mudpuppies (a dog washing business that is
on the edge of the park) and then we had a blissfully zonked
puppy. Ahhhhh. The household gets a brief reprieve.
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