Thursday, December 20, 2007

No class for Carmen

Due to the funky weather Carmen did not have class for a second week. Eeek! So, I practiced attention and sitting on the left with her, and a bit of informal heeling, or LLW. She is a very quick study. So completely different than Ike. I am still trying to figure out how she is so different.

Ike is now at a point where he eagerly tries to figure out what I want, but Carmen after being neglected (training-wise) for 5 years is there in a couple of weeks of playing (training). She picked up sitting when I stop in about 2 seconds, literally.

The funniest part about these little practice sessions is that I am doing them in my in-law's finished porch (due to the weather, of course) which spans the back of their house. There are french glass doors from the main part of the house onto the porch. I lock myself out on the porch and practice while the other dogs are inside. Initially Ike screamed bloody murder, now he watches through the french doors with his little tail wagging. I practiced a bit with Ike after Carmen and she did the same thing, with a bit of woo-wooing added in.

Just realized the obvious reason Carmen is picking things up so much faster than Ike did. *I* have had more practice training. I have obviously honed my technique is some manner that makes things clearer - that and she is a different dog, of course.

Fun stuff. I am enjoying having to think with her. I am seriously thinking about doing a private with Katrin on heeling. I find the whole act somewhat mystifying, having never properly trained it.


Katrin said...

The girl over at

wrote a really good thing on 1 way to teach heeling. She also has a video up with her BC/Corgi X Vito doing.

That method is probably my favorite

Shaya and Tom said...

Have fun with a dog that likes to learn. I'm sure you have improved, Julie. But for me it has been more about the dog understanding training or not getting it. Tom learns stuff pretty quickly, but Opal takes a longer time even though she is more interested in working for treats. Go figure. Maybe I need to just figure out how to communicate better with Opal.

JULES & IKE said...

I think for me and Ike it is in part we have so much history and carmen is a blank slate, because Ike likes to learn he's just different about it. Very interesting.

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

hey ike,

welcome to - it is great to meet you, and I am sure you will make lots of new friends here :-)


Amber-Mae said...

Hi there Carmen & Ike!

Nice to meet you guys. Welcome to the World of Dog Blogs! Oooo, nice shot of you jumping over the hurdle Ike. I'm into Agility too & Flyball. I also so OB & I dance too! Heeheehee... Do drop my bloggy someday will ya? See ya!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

powder-puff said...

Hey ike!

Nice to meet you im powder-puff the wug!

Welcome to dogs with blogs, i think you will meet lots of dogs who are into agility too!

Drop by my blog sometime i would LUV to hear from you!

peace out