Friday, January 1, 2010

Switching Gears

Tonight, we brushed up on some old Rally Obedience moves. We took Rally class in May and June, but haven't done much since then. Rally class was a very stressful environment for Marge, with 6 or 7 other dogs in a room smaller than this one, so I didn't exactly have a good first experience with it.

Now, since there's only so much agility one team can do, I'd like to start working on Rally again and maybe even do some trials at our home club building (this one). We have a run-through tomorrow with a few other dogs, so tonight was in preparation for that.

I set up a 19 station APDT course that was previously used at a trial (our instructor gave us sample course maps when we were in Rally class, and I found them the other day). Though we didn't work on everything, we did a lot of turns and some cone work.

Though Marge doesn't look as enthused as she does when we do agility, she does seem to like Rally. Turning is her weak spot, but she loves fronts and finishes (as shown by her assumption to left finish at the third station when I hadn't given her any direction yet). She's gotten pretty good at the cone exercises and pivots as well. She lagged a little bit in a couple of spots, but I think she did well over all.

Tomorrow, I'm going to use better treats, be more motivational and see where it gets me. I'm hoping that Marge will have no problem doing Rally with others around, especially since the number of entrants is much smaller than I expected it would be.

(I did drag out two Agility jumps after we ran this a couple of times. I couldn't help it! We worked on go-outs/distance, 180s, 270s, some crosses, an easy modified threadle, and just some fun speedy stuff. I figured it'd be a good way to end the night.)


Muttsandaklutz January 1, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

Very cool! Marge looks great -- happy and engaged. Love her left pivot :) Have fun at the run-through tomorrow.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! January 1, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

Once again, we must paw what a great plan woo have fur each other!


Ms. ~K January 1, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

You 2 look great together!

Deborah January 1, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

Marge, you look good to me! Nice video!

Kathy Mocharnuk January 2, 2010 at 12:30 AM  

You guys look great. I am thinking of doing some Rally with Liz too, seems like a good thing to do along with agility, a nice place to learn how to handle some ring nerves without getting overly excited maybe? how cool that you have a nice place to train, good luck tomorrow with the run-through. I can not wait to hear how that goes. AND THANKS so much for the wonderful comment you left for me, that really made me feel TERRIFIC- you know Marge is one of my very favorite dogs!

Sara January 2, 2010 at 5:54 AM  

I've always thought that Oreo would LOVE rally, but thought I'd be bored with it. LOL.

I never thought about it as a good way to build confidence. That makes so much sense.

Hope you have a good thru! Marge looked like she was having fun, as always very focused on you.

KB January 2, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

I'd never seen what Rally obedience was before your video. It looks pretty cool. And, I thought that Marge's attitude looked appropriately enthusiastic! She looked like she was having fun but wasn't so overstimulated that she moved too fast.

You do so many good things for Marge. What a great way to start the year.

I planning to start working on some new training things with both of my dogs today. Things that will help me post-surgery like picking up objects off the floor and putting their feet up on a step while I put on their leashes. It'll be fun!

Dexter January 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Hey Marge! Momma bought me one of those 50 ft. leashes just like you have. Can't wait to try it out. We haven't used it yet because (a) she has to figure out how to carry it - too big for her pockets and (b) it is snowing and we can't walk too far right now. But I will let you know how it works.


Cyndi and Stumpy January 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

Sam, I'm thinking with more time Marge will enjoy the Rally stuff too. I think she loves the gofast stuff, but more importantly she is more comfortable with agility because it's what she is most familiar with. I know Stumpy has a hard time slowing down, maybe marge does, too.

Golden Samantha January 2, 2010 at 12:17 PM  

Sam - what a GREAT job! And you make a super team - the synchronization and communication between you two is amazing - love watching her perfect heel position from the front! Great work, especially after not doing it for so long!
Hugs xo

Amy / Layla the Malamute January 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

I love the video! Marge is a busy girl - and pretty, too! Hope you both have a fantastic new year.

- Amy & Layla

Sue January 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

After not doing Rally for a while, she looked great. Fudge loves the fronts but he tries to guess which direction I'll have him finish instead of waiting for the command.

Carolyn January 2, 2010 at 6:01 PM  


That was very cool! Marge, to me, appeared to pretty much engaged the whole time.

I know nothing of Rally-O, but you guys sure made it look fun. Maybe I'll put that on my lists of "things to do" this new year.

What a great job you're doing with her!


Diana January 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

Wow, you guys look awesome!! Impressive. Diana

Lorenza January 2, 2010 at 9:24 PM  

Sure you two make a pawesome team!
Kisses and hugs

Kari in Alaska January 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

A little change in pace will be good for both of you. Get your minds working in other ways

Natasha January 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

Good job, Marge looked happy! I love how often you reward her!!

I took rally classes with Mika a few years ago, but she was very reactive, so we didn't continue, lol. We still do some stuff at home for fun. I think Wall-e would enjoy rally, I might take classes with him eventually....

Good luck if you do decide to trial in rally! :)


BRUTUS January 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

She gives you wonderful attention!! If only I could bet Brutus to look at me so well... I have to think you'll do well in APDT. They do have a nasty trick of "marrying" several stations together, so that you do 2 or 3 together (like front/finsh, right pivot, down/walk around all in one spot). Caught me of gaurd at my first trial!!
I have SOO much to catch you up on, many videos to download. Had a fun trial, if nothing else we were certainly entertaining! Things should finally slow down this week, emailing you is on my must-do list!!

Many good wishes for you and Marge for 2010!!

Michelle & Brutus

The Army of Four January 3, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

Hey Marge! I watched some agility pups on TV today and thought of you! None of them were as cool as you, but I did love watching them. TV is fun sometimes!
Play bows,

Scout and Freyja January 4, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

Heck, you use some good treats on me and give me some motivational words - I just might jump over the moon! BTW, what you got for treats? I like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups☺

The momma

Gus, Louie and Callie January 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM  

Marge, we think you did a great job.. You are doing so well. Keep up the good work.
Yepper dogo's get pretty big. 100 to 120 pounds.. Wonder how Callie will wrestle with her then...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

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