Sunday, November 20, 2011

Middle Child Syndrome

Yesterday I took Bug to the farm stand. He was a hit. He needed some one on one time. He is not in class at the moment and I feel like he is suffering from Middle Child Syndrome.

I have to admit I don't really get that excited about Rally and I know it transfers to my dog. I am really not sure what to do with him. I am thinking about doing a few privates in Rally with Katrin and then putting him in Jenny's Rally class for a 4 week session. Before we stopped working, due to whatever was going on with Bug's health, Katrin had suggested it was time to start attending some matches. Jenny's class is much more like a run thru than a class, so it might be a good opportunity to try out what we worked on all summer.

The other option is Nosework classes, but good gods they are expensive. I am talking to my herding instructor about trying to set up a tracking seminar next year because I feel that is something Bug would excel at. I could also put him in an advanced manners class - just to work him but that seems rather silly at this point.

Thoughts?

7 comments:

Jenn said...

re: noseworks ... yeah the classes are REALLY expensive, especially the beginning classes, I felt. Steeler did the noseworks workshop last year and one or two classes - and he totally had a blast.

You might check and see how much Michele's classes are at MasterPeace. I see lots and lots of dogs that are really enjoying the sport.

Diana said...

Have you thought about dancing with your dog. You only do things that your dog can do. You make up the tricks that are all linked together. So if your dog cant jump, thats ok you dont have any tricks like that. It can be lots of fun if you can find a class that teaches it. Ive had several friends that have gone this route after have dogs that were injuried and could do agility anymore.

penni said...

Tracking is the best. You and your dog are working alone, the dog is in charge (because the human nose isn't worth a twink on a track), you're outside in the fresh air, you get to have a party after the dog indicates each article. You learn to trust your dog and to read him. We love tracking at our house. My dogs go into wild fits when I thaw some scraps of rotisserie chicken (that's our tracking only treat) and get out the tracking equipment bag.

Wolfwood said...

They are also supposed to be starting a tracking class this fall/winter at K-9 connection in Warwick, RI. I may consider trying it with Obi.

Jules said...

Diana, I have never considered Freestyle with Bug. I think I am too much of a lumper, but it might be fun. Jenn, I will check out Michele's Nosework class. Sarah, I will check out K9 Connection. Thanks for the tips!!

Katrin said...

Tracking club of MA does a intro to tracking seminar annually. It is very good. With tracking I found for myself that a 2 day intro/beginner seminar and reading a couple of books gave me enough info to start with that I could teach Niche a good amount on my own. He loved it a LOT.

Kathy said...

I am in the same place with Breeze, I have concentrated a lot on Cricket and since agility is just not going to be doable for the long term with Breeze....I have not really found us a little nitch to work in....a lot of ideas for training I have thought about but....