CPE Fleet Feet 2016-02-13/14

Twitch and I played CPE this weekend in Turner. We entered all 4 runs both days. We got 6 Qs for our efforts with some good stuff in there.

Saturday was Jackpot, Standard, Wildcard and Colors. All Level 4.

Jackpot was a fun course with a bunch of tunnels. We ran fast and smooth.

Standard was great except for a dog walk/tunnel discrimination that we failed so no Q.

Wildcard and Colors went off without a hitch with smooth and fast runs.

Sunday was Fullhouse, Standard, Snooker and Jumpers. All Level 4 except for Fullhouse Level 5.

Fullhouse was good. I planned a long, fast running course and we got to the teeter when the buzzer went off. Took us 11 seconds to get to the table so our 36 point score was reduced to 29.

Standard was going great until the second set of weaves when he popped a pole and shot into the tunnel. So we redid that and things deteriorated from there. I wish I hadn’t fixed the weaves and just kept going. It was already and NQ so why bother? Oh well.

Snooker was good. He started out a little pokey but sped up after the first couple of obstacles. Almost made it through 7 but still Q’d.

Jumpers, again a slow start but last run of the weekend so no surprise there. He picked up speed and we had a good strong finish.

All in all a good weekend with things to work on!

Saturday I took Vader with us and he got to meet people and other dogs. Plus he showed some great attention and heeling inside the barn. He got to play with a 10 month old BC named Lock, a 4.5 month old American Eskimo puppy named Riot and an 11 week old Sheltie named Levi. Plus he played fetch with me in one of the fields for a few minutes. 🙂

Growing Pains

Vader and I finished our last puppy class this past Wednesday. Only his friend Suki the 4 month old red Doberman puppy showed up besides us. They got to play in the big ring off leash before class. We worked on tippy boards and fit ones and paw pods. We worked on tunnel and fetch. He is learning fiend! He wants to train and learn and play, it’s awesome, amazing and a little scary! Lol

Scary from the standpoint that he always wants to be doing something and typically only rests a short time. He and Suki ran around chasing each other for 10 minutes before and after class. We spent 45 minutes of class working on stuff with only a couple short play sessions of tug. He was on the go! Then an hour ride home and he played chase with Twitch for several minutes too!

He has quite the repertoire of tricks and behaviors now. He doesn’t have any of them reliably on cue but we will get there.

One very important thing I noticed recently is his staring at my hands where the cookies come from. So I have been hiding them and trying to not pick up the cookie until I click or mark the behavior. I really wish I had a savvy clicker trainer to watch my timing and help me see where I might be making it harder on myself.

Vader has lost so many teeth! He lost a tiny one at class last night and tonight he made the football bloody. When will it end?! 🙂

He turned 5 months old this week. He’s growing up!