Monday, 17 October 2016

Obedience and a few more Competitions!

The blogger app has stopped working so it's not so easy to update now - hence it has been a while since the last post!

Millie and I went to obedience last week. We had to do an exercise where we did heelwork through cones that got narrower and the dogs weren't allowed to touch them. They were quite tight by the time we were out and we weren't first out! We did lots of other things too, and came home with a lot to practise!

I entered Millie in a few more online competitions. Last Sunday she came 3rd in Fancy Dress and 5th in Active Pet! We also came 2nd yesterday in a competition for the Best Bond!

We went to obedience again tonight. It was the first night with the other trainer. We did retrieves and she said to work on the present. She said the same in the recalls. We did some heelwork and at the moment I need to work on getting Millie to follow me. She actually wasn't too bad at that! Again, a lot to practise! It's a good challenge and Millie enjoys trying something new. It's even better when they have a tin of cake there that was left over from their show at the weekend!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Our First Obedience Lesson!

Last night Millie and I had our first proper competition obedience lesson! It's really different to what we're used to and we've got lots to practise!

First we had to do an ordinary recall. Millie did this well though needs to come in closer and straighter in the present. She also needs to get her finishes a lot straighter - she's at an angle at the moment.

We did retrieves, which we've been practising. Millie wasn't as good as she has been at home as it was a different, more exciting environment but she wasn't too bad. I need to make sure she waits every time and comes closer in present again.

Millie's heelwork wasn't too bad, though I needed lessons on how to do the turns properly! In the end Millie was doing whatever she wanted and I was walking around myself trying to get it right! We got there in the end, though Millie's left turns need a bit of practise.

We also did A-Recalls. Millie was quite good at this, and even did the most difficult one fairly well for the first time.

We're allowed back next week so we can't have been too bad! It's completely new to both of us and has given us lots to work on!