me & my dogs our lives and adventures together!! Steph Hastings

Herding Ducks Project Day 5

For not being planned his session went great. Since it has been a while since the last session I didn’t think he would do well , but Phoenix did beautifully.

He started out not interested , but as I got him running his instincts kicked in and her was able to do both away to me and come bye successfully and VERY consistent. Plus I no longer have to run with him to keep him going once his instincts woke up. Happy with the results and next time hopefully I can get up a video.

Herding Ducks Project day 4

So Phoenix really turned on this time ( Yesterday) ,and did circles around the ducks in both directions .I’m going to need to practice going to the left more ,because he had a more difficult time circling the ducks consistently in that direction. That’s all for now! 😄

Herding Ducks Project Day 3 

Ok so Yesterday was day 3 , and FINALLY Phoenix was interested in the ducks ! I ran him in circles around the ducks , seams all Phoenix needed was believe it or not a little rev up time. Justin got his turn first while he had his turn I reved Phoenix up. He actually got into a bit of a herding crouch and ran into the ducks , that’s when I ran him around the ducks to keep him interested. That’s all for now !

Herding Ducks project day 1-2

Most of you know about me getting 5 Welsh Harlequin ducklings . We got them to teach the boys ( Phoenix and Justin ) how to herd. The ducks are now old enough to start .The first day both boys were displaying displacement behaviors , however they both noticeably still have interest . Day 2 consists of Justin now actually herding , and Phoenix still showing displacement behavior . Hopefully here soon I will be posting videos of them both herding great!! 😃

Back into it

Sorry, it’s been so long since my last post. I seem to have a bad habit of going of long periods of time between training dates.

Last I posted I needed to start working on heeling off lead for Phoenix’s rally advanced title plus his CD for regular obedience. So far because I haven’t been much the results are slow, butI have a few ideas on getting his heeling back on track. He tends to forg into me with his bum away from me , I’ve gotten a few suggestions on how to get him into correct heeling position training more often will probably get better results so I’m going to try that. We shall see later on how that does.

On a new note a few days ago I bought some ducklings . Their still pretty small, but they are growing so soon enough I’ll have pictures and videos of Phoenix herding training!! . Until my next post ( which hopefully won’t be so far out in the future) happy training everyone!!😃

Hey everyone I know it’s been a while since my last post! 
Since the show back in May I haven’t really trained Phoenix much and I lost Desi , but I did train Phoenix just recently.
My next level in Rally is Advanced and so I need to get Phoenix heeling REALLY well off and on leash , so that is what I have been working on. I also have been working on the recall and ran across something in a book called  Ring Ready   where you take a binder clip and have your dog target it then work with it till you have it clipped to the front of your pants , I’ve been working with that to fix Phoenix’s recall so that he is coming in straight.
I also started working on the drop on recall , retrieve on flat, retrieve over high jump , and the broad jump. Phoenix has been doing great with all of them. 
I also got a really great Photo of all our boys in the snow while we had it for a few days .

Hey everyone I know it’s been a while since my last post! 

Since the show back in May I haven’t really trained Phoenix much and I lost Desi , but I did train Phoenix just recently.

My next level in Rally is Advanced and so I need to get Phoenix heeling REALLY well off and on leash , so that is what I have been working on. I also have been working on the recall and ran across something in a book called  Ring Ready   where you take a binder clip and have your dog target it then work with it till you have it clipped to the front of your pants , I’ve been working with that to fix Phoenix’s recall so that he is coming in straight.

I also started working on the drop on recall , retrieve on flat, retrieve over high jump , and the broad jump. Phoenix has been doing great with all of them. 

I also got a really great Photo of all our boys in the snow while we had it for a few days .

Rally Novice B @ Spokane Dog Show May 25, 2012

That day I was very nervous , but Phoenix came through and was my best boy and we came through with a score of 95 and 3rd placement despite how large the class was. Phoenix and I were the third team with the score of 95 but Phoenix and my time was faster than the others so we received 3rd place . Here is our course map  below.

Photo: My course for todays hopefully last leg for Phoenix's rally novice title @ the Spokane dog showand here is one of the many pictures that a good friend of mine bought for me of Phoenix from Vavra Photography .

I had a great time and I think Phoenix did too. Now we get to start work on Advanced Rally , then it might be possible for us to work on our CD !Have fun training.

Getting Ready for a show +The Rest

Last Wednesday besides the agility class I put up my make shift 2x2 set up and started practicing that . Surprisingly I did well at doing a front cross a few times in a small course the agility intructor put up at class. Other then that we did contacts and a jump chute.

At home I’ve been working on Rally since I entered myself and Phoenix in Rally at the Spokane dog show to get the last leg of his very first title . I printed out some new rally signs , since new 2012 signs have been asigned to the novice group that Phoenix and I are in.

As far as agility goes I spend time working on 2x2’s on both ends , witch Phoenix is progressing in. Then for jumps I am working on Wraps , although since reading Linda Mecklenburg’s book “Developing Jumping Skills” I think I should work on some of the techniques from the book. I also have been working on 2on2off on the stairs at the other side of the house, with a target .

Phoenix is doing really well at everything , but I think I’m going to need to use the toy more after the exercises are over so as not oto take away the drive and enthusiasm Phoenix has for agility. Using the toy as his reward for doing the exercises has had to be taken down a notch since his brain doesn’t won’t register how to do the exercises the way he is suppost to do , so now I am using food primarily . Plus I’m needing to work on his focus for when we are around a crowd of dogs working together , especially for the ones who are using a toy as a reward.Me thinks it would also be good to read leslie McDevitt’s book “Control Unleashed”. Anyway have fun training your dogs ! And stand by for some training video’s.

What’s up lately?

I know I haven’t posted in a while , and I’m sorry about that . Since the last time I posted I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism along with moving from my home into the Spokane, WA area.

In April I started an agility 1 class at the Spokane Dog Training Club , that has been great fun . Phoenix enjoys all the jumping , he’s doing awesome on the contacts but needs work on his 2on2off at the end of the contacts. As of last weeks class contacts are being done without the tables beside them and Phoenix did , plus surprisingly enough he dod the teeter totter with absolutely no hesitation! I ended up purchasing the stuff I needed to make 2x2’s for practicing at home.

Besides the 2x2 stuff a home I have been having Phoenix go over jumps for practicing wraps , as well as helping me with my directional skills. Also now that the AKC has added new signs for the novice class I need to practice those so that I will be ready for May 25th witch is when I plan on earning the last leg of Phoenix’s RN title. On my next post I do plan on posting a pdf file so you all can have the new 2012. Until then happy training everybody! ;-)

I haven’t posted in a while , so now I will update you. Since my last post I have moved from Walla Walla to a small town out of Spoka ne . Phoenix’s training has been rather spotty , but now I am trying to train him more often between snow storms and rain. Recently I have started perfecting his heel work and all other regular obedience excercises, along with some trick training I tout him to “wipe your nose” just last week. Next I will be going back to training in rally , that is after I get him heeling better and straighten things out a bit in other areas.
Happy training

I haven’t posted in a while , so now I will update you. Since my last post I have moved from Walla Walla to a small town out of Spoka ne . Phoenix’s training has been rather spotty , but now I am trying to train him more often between snow storms and rain. Recently I have started perfecting his heel work and all other regular obedience excercises, along with some trick training I tout him to “wipe your nose” just last week. Next I will be going back to training in rally , that is after I get him heeling better and straighten things out a bit in other areas.
Happy training