Yoshi Training Diary - March 2006
By Ellen Clary
(reverse date order)
Feedback is welcome:
Fri Mar 31
He's spending a lot of time in his crate yesterday and
today. I'm getting a little concerned about him. I wonder
if he's not feeling well. Last night he went to his crate before
8pm though this morning he was out and bouncing. Maybe the
constant rain is getting on his nerves also.
Dr Manchester got the report back from Dr. Dodds. i haven't seen
it yet but the gist is that his thyroid is perfect, though his liver
ALT is elevated slightly. Dr. Dodds says that elevated ALT can
cause reactivity but Dr. Manchester and I are a little dubious of
this. (I've had elevated ALT before, but that doesn't make me
think that a person innocently walking by is going to jump me.)
She's recommended a couple of herbal supplements. Milk Thistle
(50mg 2x/day), and SAM-e. When Dr. Manchester said that i said
"An antidepressant! I've been considering slipping him some of
mine." She said "Well there are other benefits to it too and
that's what she's thinking" (She said what they were but I've
forgotten.) They're sending me a copy of the report so I can
refer to it and they're also going to get a dosage recommendation for
the SAM-e too. [She called back 1-90mg tablet 2x/day or 1-225mg tablet 1x/day.]
I found a reference on SAM-e: http://www.biopsychiatry.com/sameart.html
It's actually a Newsweek article. It says that SAM-e is not an
herb but a molecule present in our bodies and that it's been used as an
anti-depressant, and joint treatment, and to restore liver function
(which is probably why Dr. Dodds is suggesting it.) In humans,
starting dose is around 400mg and can go up to 1600mg. Reliable
manufacturers are Nature Made and GNC. The article makes
reference to somone who had a severely injured knee that benefitted
from a combination of SAM-e and hyaluronic acid (sound familiar? - it's
one thing that makes Move Free work so well.)
Thu Mar 30
After some thought, I've decided that I should wait on the catch
behavior until "take" is more solid which means that "fetch" should be
At lunch I got the medium size tennis ball and went outside. Got
some half hearted retrieves with him dropping the ball before he got
back to me and then he'd check out the trees for squirrels. I
realized that I needed higher value treats (I just had the Kong dry
treats) and also that things would likely be better inside with less
distraction. (The 4 D's: duration, distance, distraction,
diversity or difficulty - I would add drive as well.)
Since the issue that we're working on now is bring it back and put it
in my hand (Accuracy - the A of Susan Garrett's DASH: Drive Accuracy,
Speed, Habitat) we moved inside to the kitchen and switched the treats
to some bread (which he loves). Suddenly he was happily working
and would only stop when the ball went somewhere that he considered
inaccessible (even near the door which is strange). He still
doesn't hold the ball for very long and is tenative about it but seems
to be improving and doesn't seem to be as shut down if he misses my
hand and doesn't get a click. He does very much want to be
told what to do ("get it") and seems at a loss if I toss the ball and
don't say anything. I suppose I could stick with not saying
anything (in order to add the cue after he mostly gets it right), but
if this is what he needs then fine no problem. Worked for about 5
minutes and stopped.
Lori Drouin thinks that I can start to make my hand harder to find
which will encourage him to hold the ball or dumbell, and I can build
on it from there and that will get him holding the ball or dumbell.
I just posted about trying to teach Cali colors to ClickerExpo
list. While it's not really relevant to Yoshi's training I think
I'll put it here rather than hassle making another page (for
now). (Wonder if I should make Behavioral Science a second
Wed Mar 29
Until my other corgi passed away, occasionally I would experiment to see
if she could/would make decisions based on an object's color.
Everything was inconclusive and I was wondering if anyone else had done
any other work like this.
It appeared that even though we're pretty sure dogs can see the
difference between yellow and blue (the color of the targets I was
using), it seems like they don't have the concept of making decisions
based on color. Although Barbara Nibling (who may or may not be on this
list) did have some success with it.
What I had was two or three mouse pads (or pieces of wood) that we used
as foot targets. One was spray painted yellow, the other two blue.
(The dog has already been trained to stand on a foot target and get a
C/T.) The 3 targets are placed at various positions on the floor and
the dog is brought in. When she stands on a yellow she gets a C/T, blue
gets no response. Soon she was consistently getting the yellow, but
then I would switch the positions of the targets. She would then go
back to the same position where the yellow once was. Upon not hearing a
click she immediately went to another square (this was a highly food
motivated dog, not easily dissuaded or frustrated by much of anything -
if she got frustrated it would be your fault and she'd yell at you - yes
I miss her a lot :). If that didn't work she then went to the third one
until she found out which one earned the click, then she seemed to
memorize the position and did that until I changed the position again.
She never seemed to get the idea that the color was what made a target
clickable. When I started changing the position of the targets a lot
then she seemed to just try all of them. I think she had concluded that
I'd lost my mind. ;)
If you haven't guessed, the inspiration for this is agility contact
zones which are often yellow or a similar color in the US. My idea is
that you get the dog on the piece of equipment and say "Go Yellow" which
would end a lot of heartache and headache for a lot of agility
handlers. This is less relevant to me now for agility as I do running
contacts and will just mark the dog's passage through the contact area
with a C/T or "Yes!" but I'm still curious about it.
This may be harder than Kathy Sdao teaching dogs object names in her
Advanced Clicker Training Workshop and given that dogs don't normally do
nouns, names of colors be asking a little much.
Playing with dog minds for fun and absolutely no profit,
So at lunch I cut up about 1/2 a slice of bread into small
pieces and played some more catch with him. The net result is
that I got pretty good at bouncing bread cubes off his nose. Now
obviously I could just give up on this misadventure, but it's starting
to make me curious. How does a dog (or anyone for that matter)
learn to match up the sight of a moving object with catching that
object with either one's mouth or hand? And why are some dogs and
people just naturally good at it and others aren't? The first
thing would be to check physical attributes and in a way he appears to
be slightly cross-eyed which would go a long way to explaining why he
is having trouble with catching but he's so hyperaware of motion.
Of course you can be cross-eyed and the rods in your eyes will still
see motion very well. He just had a vet exam, and she didn't
notice anything unusual, but she wasn't looking for that either.
Though then again if he was having vision problems he wouldn't be so
comfortable climbing cat-like along the back and arms of the sofa, and
after a long time of not seeing him falter at all, I stopped worrying
about it so much though I keep an eye on him. Also he never
misses jumping on the table, falls off the dogwalk or teeter, and
almost never knocks bars any of which could be a warning sign.
So it's more likely a mental/conceptual thing or a lack of
practice. Though he seems to desire to grab things with his
mouth, though he's not very good at it (which is likely a good thing),
and when he grabs something it's rare that he hangs on to it unless
we're playing a game of tug on the bed.
During the bread tossing session I had him "reach" for some and he
seems solid on that, but if I let the bread drop to him it bounces
off. Now in theory I should grab the treat before he gets it but
he'd likely freak out about my grabbing it and then quit so I've been
letting him have it. Though it is tempting to have it fall
someplace inaccessible like a screened box or so.
When I took a couple of steps back so he could see the treat longer he
appeared to be trying to track it. So I have to find something
with even more hang time than bread. Likely popcorn if I can be
sure it doesn't stick in his teeth. Or switch over to a medium
sized tennis ball. Could even take away the third dimension by
rolling it on the floor. Or suspend it from a rope like my other
full sized tennis ball toy.
Tue Mar 28
More rain. Agility class canceled. Bummer. This is the wettest March on record.
But later on the rain let up enough so I got brave and took him to the
dog park as he's been getting out of shape since I haven't been taking
him. I had him wearing the spray collar but it was slipping off
as I hadn't quite put it back together correctly and the dogs that were
there seemed fine with him racing up and down the fence so I took it
off. He got winded pretty quickly which is a little alarming, but
I guess should be expected since he hasn't been getting enough exercise.
One thing I notice is that while he will accept offered cheese, he
immediately breaks off to continue to run the fence, and he will even,
after some hesitation, race through puddles along the fence as
well. Clearly running after dogs and other moving animals is his
#1 favorite things to do. As long as the animals aren't scary or
confrontational (like those scary butting sheep or hissing ducks).
Earlier at lunch I tried to see if I could help him learn to catch
things with his mouth (one of those silly things I'll probably regret
teaching him later). Not much luck with kibble or bread (more
hang time with bread), he just doesn't seem to have the concept, though
I did teach him "reach" which means to stand up on your back legs for
an offered treat above his head. My thinking is that I can start
dropping treats while he is reaching and he may be able to learn to
catch that way.
Mon Mar 27
Took him to the vet for his blood draw for Jean Dodds to have a look
at. Poor guy didn't like it one bit especially since they had to
come back for more blood. However while we were waiting for it to
get spun (since I was going to be mailing it from work I was going to
be taking it with me.) He got a chance to chill out some and also
have a couple of kids say hi to him. I was quite surprised and
happy to see that a small kid could come stomping right up to him and
he would tolerate them petting him on the head without flinching.
Sun Mar 26
I was at the Bayteam CPE trial and also hiking. Later in
the evening I kidnapped Cooper and brought him over for a
playdate. They played for maybe about 20 minutes then collapsed
part of the time in separate rooms as Yoshi went with Terri in the
front bedroom to watch Westwing while Cooper hung out with me in the
Sat Mar 25
Spent day with Terri while I was at the Bayteam CPE trial.
Wound up talking about Behavior Chains to folks who had read about it
here - that was fun.
Fri Mar 24
Class with Lori Drouin. We worked a fair bit with dumbells, and
though he did pretty well he shutdown part of the way through. I
asked Lori what to do and she said to: Reward a Sheltie (meaning her
dogs that were right next to us in an ex-pen.) Well suddenly
after giving treats to Griffon and Phoenix, I had a dog willing to work
again. This is probably the best argument for getting another dog
as I used to do this when Cali was around: Yoshi sit (nothing),
Cali sit (she plops right down). Good girl - here's a
treat. "Hey!" (Yoshi seems to say). Yoshi sit (he
sits). Good boy - have a treat.
Thur Mar 23
Dogwalk at lunch of the Pavlov type. The idea is that he
gets goodies everytime something potentially scary happens. Met
some folks that said hello to Yoshi, and also had one near dog
encounter (if you will). What happened is that a man got out of a
small truck that we were walking passed. I gave Yoshi treats for
not barking at him and took our time about passing him. then he
said to Yoshi "My dogs would love to play with you." I looked
into the passenger window of the truck and there were two noses looking
right back at me. I explained that he was a bit afraid of other
dogs and we went on. I got to the next corner about half a block
and looked behind me and saw that he had the dogs out. They were
medium size and didn't appear to be threatening or about to charge up
so I had Yoshi turn around to look at them. As soon as he saw
them (and I did wait till he saw them), I gave him goodies and he
quickly became more interested in the treats that any silly dogs.
Phew, there's hope for this yet. The dogs were about 100 feet
Ok so I've been thinking about running contacts. Yoshi is so
springy that it's probably only a matter of time before he goes jumping
over a contact and I've been wondering how to avoid that.. One
possible way is one that I haven't heard anything about which is odd as
it's so obvious. Click when the dog hits the contact. Or
better yet, use a marker word ("yes") that you can take into the ring
Karen Pryor would probably suggest turning it into a behavior chain and
when the dog starts to run into the yellow, give the command for the
next obstacle, but I'm still not convinced it will work or just make
them hurry to the next obstacle (and possibly jumping over the contact
in their hurry.)
Wed Mar 22
Obedience class. He was still pretty wiped from last
weekend so we only did part of the class. What's funny is that
during a pause when Barbara (filling in for Hazel) was talking about
figure 8's and I was sitting on the floor, he laid down behind me,
which was a big clue that he'd had enough. So for the rest of the
evening we did "Look there's a dog" [feed face]. Though we did
the stays and he was fine even though there was a big German Shepherd
next to him that he didn't know. (I stuck pretty close just in
Mon Mar 20
We made it! Yoshi not only survived a 3 day workshop, but he learned something today and was able to demonstrate it!
Though it's in the evening and he's passed out in his crate although he
was able to demonstrate (seemed to want to do something) what he
learned for Terri and I wasn't expecting to do that till tomorrow.
Today's big topic was behavior chains, and how cues can be reinforcers
all by themselves. In the past when Karen Pryor wrote about it
for Cleanrun magazine in the Contacts Special issue (November 2004), I
was completely baffled, but now it's starting to make more sense.
Though from what Kathy says I wasn't the only one as, in the past, when
Kathy mentioned using the concept in agility it was met with enough
resistance that they decided that it probably wasn't worth using
agility examples in the seminars. But I digress.
The concept (roughly) is to take 2 behaviors that the dog knows well
and has been very reinforced for and has good associations with, and
pair them together putting the stronger of the 2 behaviors at the
end. In Yoshi's case, I used "poke" (touch a handheld CD with
your nose, something we'd been working on during the weekend and had
just put on cue that morning - term stolen from Patricia Minger) and
then "down." At first, I tried poke and then "right," but he
still needs a cue for that and while spinning the leash was bothering
him so we switched. The idea is that "down" is a reinforcement
for "poke" since he knows that he will very likely be rewarded for it.
Karen Pryor describes how you can use the cue for the next obstacle
while the dog is on the current one. She considers this as a way
to reinforce the dog being on the obstacle (in the case of a contact
obstacle) (and thus more likely to hit the contact) as opposed to
rushing to be on the ground (and possibly missing the contact). I
(and a lot of others apparently) worry about telling a dog to go jump
when they're on a contact obstacle but it could work and goes a long
way to explaining why dogs are so happy to keep doing obstacles without
any obvious reinforcement. The obstacles and the cueing of them
have become reinforcers also. ("Tertiary" reinforcers).
This can be worked into what is called a "Behavior Chain." Back
to Yoshi. We were doing "poke" and "down" and now we needed to
come up with a new cue for the combined behavior (which in theory keeps
"poke" from getting messed up.) After some deliberation, I just
randomly came up with "garfield" (since it can be anything I wanted to
choose something that I would not use in other contexts or something
that sounded like anything else he knew.)
If you remember the agility in motion DVDs where Mo talks about this,
to introduce a new cue you use the new word first (N-O is her mnemonic:
New-Old). So the routine became: "garfield" "poke" (he touches
the CD with his nose) "down" (he lays down) C/T (and I of course can't
resist adding "yes" or "good" after the click which is harmless).
Then after a few times of that it became "garfield" <pause>
"poke" "down" (only did this once or twice), then "garfield"
<pause> Yoshi looks puzzled, but you can see the mental gears
turning (which I just love), and then after another moment touches the
CD, joyously I say "down" and Click-jackpot. We take a short
break. When we start up again we warm up on the basics of poke
and down and then put them together and then "garfield" "poke" "down"
(very few reps here) and then "garfield" <pause>. Now at
this point I start getting all sorts of experimental behavior like
biting the CD or staring at me or laying down or sniffing the floor or
Diane who was holding the CD (Cali would have been barking at me, but
he's not as brazen or as equiped with as much chutzpah), I let the
moment pass and say "garfield" and then he touches the CD, "down"
C/T. Now we're on a roll. We do a few more reps mostly
successfully, and then I say "garfield" and after he touches the CD I
don't say anything. Slightly uncertainly he lays
down. Click-jackpot and we have a party and stop. I think
we were then able to repeat it a couple of times.
What was cool is that we were able to demo part of it ("garfield" CD
touch "down" for everyone else) He also threw in all sorts of
other creative behavior (similar to above) for Kathy to talk about
which I thought was considerate of him. It was really cool to see
him willing to work in front of others though the other dogs weren't
around so it was actually fairly reasonable circumstances as far as he
was concerned. This was caught on tape so when it's ready, I
think we'll get one. I was wearing my Bayteam shirt so they got
some free advertising too.
Sun Mar 19
Classical conditioning which was only part of the day but very
important for me. Now I've heard about Classical Conditioning
(Pavlov) a lot and thought I was familiar with it, but mostly I feel
I'm working against it (well except for counter conditioning), It
turns out that when Kathy is working with a reactive dog she mostly
uses classical conditioning at first before ever going into operant
This involves creating good associations when your dog sees other dogs
pretty much (within reason) regardless of your dog's behavior.
(She's often not using a clicker here).
One thing that's different from what I've been doing is that the sight
of the dog - below the dogs reactive threshold (aka the
"conditioned" stimulus) has to come first and then the food
("unconditioned" stimulus). I was doing the reverse by clicking
before he'd ever seen the dog which is technically not effective from a
classical conditioning point of view though there's nothing wrong with
it. So the order of operations is to see a dog far away and rain
cookies upon his head (Sort of a version of "Look there's a dog")
From a classical conditioning point of view it doesn't even matter if
your dog reacts. Though from a practical consideration and to
keep you out of jail, it's probably best if you're not rewarding
your German Shepherd for growling at that baby stroller.
Also spent some time learning to touch a CD with his nose.
Sat Mar 18
First day of Know Way, Know How.
My brain is full and it's only day 1 of 3. Fortunately since I
have attended ClickerExpo and read Click to Calm and Don't Shoot the
Dog, I'm not completely overwhelmed and things are starting to (er)
click and I got some questions answered.
Before I forget ...,
We're learning shaping and the behavior is pushing a water bottle
across the floor with their nose. I can get Yoshi to readily
touch it with his nose, but am not quite sure how to proceed from
there. How do I elevate the criteria without him giving up?
(This is obviously tomorrow's question.)
Learned more about Classical Conditioning. You really want the
Conditional Stimulus (e.g. other dogs) to proceed the Unconditional
Stimulus (e.g. food) for the association to work (counter conditioning
- though she didn't use this term). I asked about starting to
click/treat before the dog notices the presence of another dog and she
says that while there's nothing wrong with that the association
probably isn't happening. So with the "Look, there's a Dog" game,
I will probably have to wait till he sees the dog (better be fast
before he has a chance to react.) She also emphasized that with
Classical Conditioning you're trying to get the association regardless
of the dog's behavior in hopes that the association will eventually
change their reaction (hope I've paraphrased that properly.)
Went over lots of science background and would then break for training
sessions. Took many notes and Diane was very helpful as a "lab
Yoshi did surprisingly well. A little snarky at a break with dogs
roaming around outside, but otherwise was fine exept for those doggies
walking rapidly by his crate.
"Is he a rescue?" "Er, not yet."
"Is he up for adoption?" [it was held at the SF-SPCA] "Not yet."
[something happened here, not sure what]
Tues Mar 14
What a fun day. First at noon Spark came by and they had a
marvelous time playing indoors while it rained. I'm very
intereted to see that Yoshi modulates his play for Spark who is not a
rough as Cooper. And I noticed that every so often Spark would
lick Yoshi's lips which is usually a subserviant thing to do and Yoshi
very gracefully accepted it. So at least in mellower moments
Yoshi appears to be able to accept another dogs submission. While
they played Bill, Diane and I had a lovely lunch.
Then later that day after hosting a book club meeting. (Which he
did very well at). He then when to agility class as the rain had
mellowed out by then and it was just occasionally sprinkling.
First time back in over a month and he did really really well.
I'm so thrilled and he honestly seemed to enjoy himself.
It was raining part of the time so for a good portion of the time there
were no other dogs in the class - just Sharon's BC Thyme (whom he like)
so Yoshi really enjoyed that part. Just before class I had him
out on the course and he charged through a tunnel on his own.
Thrilled, I called to him to send him over a jump and then back in the
tunnel, but as soon as I called him he took a pointed interest in
sniffing the ground which indicates to me that he was stressing.
But once I got his attention he went over the jump and then back in the
tunnel (he's already starting to really like tunnels) pausing briefly
at the same place but let me call him over again to do another
circle. He started to appear to be having a good time again.
We spent some time working on start line stays in which we discover
that he's not thrilled about sitting on wet ground, but acquiesed when
treated properly. :) And his weaves look great. He's really
getting it. I'm clicking him once in the poles and then we
continue. A-Frame looks good. On the teeter he stops about
2" in front of the yellow but I'm fine with that as the board goes
right down and then he exits and hits the yellow. I'm still
having him jump 8" since we hadn't done much agility in a month or
more, but it's clear that he would have little trouble with 12".
Maybe next week I'll have him do one of the first runs at 12" and then
the rest at 8".
All in all, very encouraging and it's nice to see him having a good time.
Mon Mar 13
[noon] Went looking for dogs and other scary things.
Didn't have to go far. 1/2 a block there appeared a dog across
the street so we stopped and did much C/T. When the other dog
retreated some we crossed to the same side and were just about to
continue down the street when a second dog appeared. So we had
dogs on either side of us. This could have made him completely
ballistic, but we immediately did more C/T and while uncomfortable he
decided that treats were much better than freaking out. The
second dog went inside and we moved on, stopping and doing C/T for a
scooter and an small handheld (meaning it wasn't throwing up a lot of
dirt or rocks) edge trimmer and various other scary things. Also
continuing C/T when he would look at me. As a side benefit his
loose lead walking was great.
Sun Mar 12
Cooper came over for an indoor playdate (it's pouring out.)
Fri Mar 10
A post of mine to the clickerexpo list - someone was asking
about their Collie who was snarky around some dogs but focused on her
well. She was wondering how to go further with it. My
opinion is to keep doing what she's doing:
I agree, I think Katie is on the right track. Counter Conditioning just
seems to take a lot of time.
The point is to change what is associated with the presence of other
dogs or in the case of herding dogs, other dogs in motion. With my
fear reactive (we think) corgi we play "Look, there's a dog!" (C/T),
and I discovered that I had to start doing C/T when I first saw the
other dog (and I'm looking for them so I usually see them before he
does.) What you want (and what we don't have yet) is for Fydeau to see
a dog and then immediately look to you for guidance and hopefully a
treat/reward. Eventually the hope is that this will relax them and
their attitude towards other dogs will change.
My dog can now tolerate a dog walking on leash across the street and he
used to bark and try to lunge at dogs a block away. And (month's later)
he's miles better in his competitive obedience class.
Along the lines of what Patricia is saying, I find that Click to Calm
and Counter Conditioning really helps with my attitude as well. When we
go out, I deliberately seek out dogs on walks and other "scary"
situations (dogs barking at him, blowers, garbage cans being rolled,
sirens, car alarms, jack hammers, ...) as a way to C/T him, instead of
worrying about the possibility of them happening.
My only concern is that he might start associating the click with being
afraid (even though he really likes the clicker.)
Thank you to Emma Parsons for putting this all together into a book.
and Yoshi the nervous corgi who's in love with string cheese
Patricia (the one on clickerexpo) posted back that starting the C/T
very early when the dog wasn't showing signs of stress may be one way
to not have the clicker associated with scary circumstances.
Another person suggested smiling and using calming signs like lip
licking when clicking.
Thur Mar 9
Spent any free time I had reviving my computer so that I could re-eFile
my taxes. At least I was able to log in as single user and do a
backup (a "tar") of everything. I already had a backup of my
working files but not of the most recent files (like the tax return) or
of the system files. Note to self - have another uncompressed
version of the system on a different disk for when one craps out.
Though Yoshi and I did some fetch work at lunch. He's getting
better about getting it into my hand and he's also able to take
it. Now we need to still find a way to do hold. Probably
have him take and then delay the click for an instant and then somehow
get through the dry spell when he gives up when I try to raise
criteria. (This makes me miss Cali the smart, resiliant, pest all
the more. "Do you want it like this? How about that?
And this? What you want to stop? Oh, come on!")
Wed Mar 8
Class. Cooper joining us again. From an obedience
perspective Yoshi only did so so. From a behavior perspective he
did fantastic. One of the Basenji's was heeling around him in a
figure 8 exercise and ran into him. Yoshi jumped up to get out of
the way, but didn't react aggressively at all. (Good boy.)
He also had an almost enthusiastic recall even with the open dogs
seated in a line nearby (although there was obedience ring gates
There were a couple of time where Cooper was barking at another dog
which got the German Shepherd (whose name I'm forgetting) growly, but
Yoshi was pretty much ok (he was getting rewarded a lot for
interacting with me). It would have been perfect, but he did
lunge at one of the Open poodles for which i pinned him down for for a
bit and then let up and played "look, there's a dog."
Tue Mar 7
Dog walk (as in go for a walk - not the agility obstacle) work with a clicker. Success! I saw a woman
walking two dogs about 1/2 a block down so we crossed the street and
stopped to set up. I kneeled down. Clicker and leash in one
hand, treats in the other. Well before he ever saw the dogs, I
was saying [excitedly] "Look, there's a dog" C/T [and repeat]. He
saw the dogs and growled a little, bit but decided that "Look there's a
dog." is a much better game to play. To the point that he'd jump
up on me to get the treats while the other dogs were walking by.
The woman walking the dogs was much amused. I said; "He's not
barking at you. I'm SO happy!"
The rest of the walk (wanted to stop right then but we'd only just
started) went well too though he really doesn't like my rain jacket
which rustles so giving him treats with it rustling was so-so and a
skateboard really scared him (he would have run into the street if he
wasn't on leash) so we walked along beside them on the other side of
the street clicking and treating.
Mon Mar 6
I spent the weekend up at Redding and Shasta watching/videoing Patricia do a mountaineering class.
On Sunday, Cooper came over and Yoshi and he spent a glorious time
racing around and hurling each other to the ground. Cooper has
figured out that he is twice the size of Yoshi so if he can get a hold
of his neck scruff, he can flip him to the ground. Hard to watch
some times but Mark learned that if it's too much then Yoshi let's
Cooper know and then runs to Mark as a sort of self imposed
timeout. So far no holes in either of them. I don't know if
i've written it down yet or not, but we've noticed that the growling
intensity of their greetings is dramatically reduced if we make sure
we're not standing right beside them. Apparently we're a resource
to be protected.
A major storm moved into Northern California and we're getting the
southern tip of it. I'm hoping to take Yosh on a walk today after
work but it may be a little soggy. Cathy is coming by tonight at
7 and will likely bring Jessie.
Wed Mar 1
Cooper is coming to class at ODTC with us. Hooray!
It should be very silly and may prove to be instructional also.
During sits and downs we'll probably put Rosie in between the boys to
keep them in line. :)
Post to frapfest:
Well the corgi's (Rosie, Cooper and Yoshi) turned out in force at
Mark observed that for about 45 seconds during the long down, all of
the corgis had their heads down doing the "<heavy sigh> I'm so
Oakland Dog Training Club and we all had a very nice time. I was a
little concerned that Mark was going to be turned off by the minutia
that we were working on (getting speed coming out of the first turn of
the figure 8) but I was wrong and it turns out that he was thrilled that
the dogs seemed to be having fun, and we all weren't using the
traditional jerk and coerce methods that they were still using at Mt.
Diablo DTC when he went there. Plus we then moved on to jumping where
the boys got to be the stars.
Then the recalls. Cooper is so enthusiastic on his recalls he nearly
runs Mark over. Mark was a little concerned that Cooper was going to
get halfway to him and then do a hard right to go wrestle with Yoshi,
but that happily didn't happen. (And Yoshi didn't do the same or go
chase after any other dog.) In fact later on, Yoshi quite calmly
greeted open level dogs Hank the bulldog and Oliver the cavalier
(pictured on http://www.oaklanddogtraining.org).
Then Miss Rosie appeared with her servant Patricia bearing the yummy
celebratory cupcakes for her earning her CD, and we all feasted during
the sits and downs. The hoodlums did well on their stays except for
Cooper thinking that my walking anywhere near him was a release to come
say hello (friendly fellow), and Rosie perfected her I'm so aboosed look.
One reason they did well is we did not put them in stays next to each
other. We'll save that entertainment for later.
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