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Old 12-11-2007, 10:03 PM   #101
 
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hehe yea i read she was a australian cattle dog i just thought you said she was a cross with one. dogs are the best, they never let you down
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:42 PM   #102
 
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She was listed as Blue Heeler and Australian Shepherd, but I sent pics to a Cattle Dog Rescue to see what they thought, and they told me they are almost 100% positive that she's a purebreed ACD.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:55 PM   #103
 
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oh ok well she is stunning anyway :D
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Old 12-23-2007, 06:17 PM   #104
 
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Here's a few new pics of Betty in the snow. She loves the snow, and always has to have snow on her nose. If it melts or falls off, she scoops more on and runs til it falls off, then gets more, lol.









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Old 12-28-2007, 11:56 AM   #105
 
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Gorgeous snow! And Betty as gorgeous as ever.

We don't have snow yet - just some thin layer which melts and turn into slush in some places. We have always had snow around this time, but not this year. My dog likes to sniff the snow trying to find out what's underneath.
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:13 AM   #106
 
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Well, had class with Betty today. It went great. We went over more Rally stuff, and worked on her Heeling. She's doing much, much better. We also added another command to her list, Place. The trainer has a small square stand that she uses and has the dog sit on the stand when the command Place is said. Eventually we would like to get Betty to Place from a distance, right now it's with us next to the stand. The trainers Border Collie has a spot in her yard that she goes when the trainer says Place, then when the trainer points at a particular jump, the Border Collie will make the jump and come back to Heel position. She did that when she gave me the demo of Rally a couple months ago. We would like to get Betty to that point as well, and she's definitely picking it up very quickly.

As for her fear issues, we've stopped working on that for a bit. It's just too cold out, and too snowy and icy. We are going to wait til it warms up a little and the sidewalks melt, then we will start back with the other dogs. It's just so slick out right now, even my morning walks are a little dangerous, and I've fallen a couple times.

Another command we've added to her list is Crawl. We introduced that one to her last week. And she's doing it pretty well, just not from a distance yet. Will take a little time.

I also went to Dogwise.com today and checked them out. Found out they are only about a half mile away, or a little further. Talk about awsome. So many books and videos, lol. I bought Really Reliable Recall as well as The Language of Dogs. My next purchase is going to be Am I Safe? And there's so many others I want too, lol. But I think those 3 are my main ones I wanted.

As for the walks, Betty is starting to get a little better. Not a lot, but a little. It's starting to show. As long as I keep her on a loose leash, whenever we go by the other dogs, she just goes behind me and over to my right side so I'm in the middle, and she's fine. Occasionally they will get to her and she will lunge once or twice, but for the most part, she's doing better. But really has that fear, and don't like other dogs coming towards her at all. Hopefully we can beat this.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:44 AM   #107
 
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I am glad to hear all the good stuff about Betty! We also go to classes and fight with cold weather. They are actually predicting a storm for the weekend when we are having a class.

I also teach my dog Place, but she does it from a distance. First she has to lie down by a bag which is placed at her left front paw. She is given the command Place which means she has to lie by that bag. We started by placing goodies on the bag for her. Then I move on to the center of the ring and face her. I may actually walk around and ignore her - she has to stay there. Then I call her to come up and sit down by the left foot. At the beginning, at this stage we placed treats on the bag and the dog saw it. Then the command Place follows and the dogs goes up to the bag, looks for treats - - which I no longer put there, and finally lies down with the bag at her left paw. Only then she might receive that treat. She actually lies down faster now, as she realised that no treats awaits her on the bag and it is for lying down by the bag that she receives that treat.

I think Betty might have been frightened by some dogs when she was a puppy, that's why her reaction is so categoric. I do think it will change, though. I believe girls are flexible. :D
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:44 PM   #108
 
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Here's Betty's current list......

Sit - Voice and hand command
Down - Voice and hand command
Stay - Voice and hand command
Come - Voice and hand command
Good Dog
Bad Dog
Potty
Up - Voice only
Jump - Voice only
Let's Go
no - Voice and hand command
ah-ah (Goes with no)
Betty - Her name of course
In the house (She goes in her training kennel)
Out of the house (She comes out of her training kennel)
Go for Walk (To go for a walk)
ball
toy
Get the ball - Brings the ball.
Where's the ball - Goes and touches the ball with nose then returns with no ball.
Get the toy - Brings the toy.
Where's the toy - Goes and touches the toy with nose then returns with no toy.

Words she's currently learning...
Out
Crawl
Place
Heel - Learning Voice and Hand Command
Watch me - Learning Voice and Hand Command

Rally things she does.... These are done on leash, and some she will do well off leash as well. Still sloppy on some of the things, we are now in the phase of tweaking everything in. Hoping we can get her in the Dog Show here locally, for Rally-O Novice, in September.

*May be used multiple times on a course.

1. START – Indicates the beginning of the course.
2.FINISH – Indicates the end of the course - timing stops.
3. HALT – Sit. While heeling, the handler halts and the dog comes to a sit in heel position. The team then moves forward toward the next exercise sign (station), with the dog in heel position. (Stationary exercise)
4. HALT – Sit – Down. While heeling, the handler halts and the dog comes to a sit. The handler then commands the dog to down, followed by the command to heel forward from the down position. (Stationary exercise)
5. * Right Turn. Performed as a 90º turn to the right, as in traditional obedience.
6. * Left Turn. Performed as a 90º turn to the left, as in traditional obedience.
7. *About Turn – Right. While heeling, the team makes a 180º about turn to the handler’s right.
8. * About “U” Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 180º about turn to the handler’s left.
9. * 270° Right Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 270º turn to the handler’s right. 270° turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign.
10. * 270° Left Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 270º turn to the handler’s left. 270º turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign.
11. 360° Right Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 360º turn to the handler’s right. 360º turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign.
12. 360° Left Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 360º turn to the handler’s left. 360º turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign.
13. Call Front – Finish Right - Forward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part of the exercise directs the handler to move forward while commanding the dog to change from the front position to the handler’s right, around behind the handler and to heel position, as the handler continues forward. The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)
14. Call Front – Finish Left - Forward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part of the exercise directs the handler to move forward while commanding the dog to change from the front position to the handler’s left and moving to heel position, as the handler continues forward. The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)
15. Call Front – Finish Right - HALT. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part is the finish to the right, where the dog must return to heel position by moving around the right side of the handler. Dog must sit in heel position before moving forward with the handler. (Stationary exercise)
16. Call Front – Finish Left - HALT. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to a sit in the front position. The second part is the finish to the left, where the dog must move to the handler’s left and sit in heel position. Dog must sit in heel position before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)
17. * Slow Pace. Dog and handler must slow down noticeably. This must be followed by a normal pace, unless it is the last station in the class.
18. * Fast Pace. Dog and handler must speed up noticeably. This must be followed by a normal pace, unless it is the last station in the class.
19. * Normal Pace. Dog and handler must move forward, walking briskly and naturally.
20. Moving Side Step Right. While heeling, the handler takes one step diagonally to the right and continues moving forward along the newly established line. The dog maintains heel position. The exercise may be performed just past the exercise sign.
21. Spiral Right – Dog Outside. This exercise requires three pylons or posts placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. Spiral Right indicates the handler must turn to the right when moving around each pylon or post. The first pass is going around all 3 pylons, then the 2nd pass you go around only 2 pylons, and the final pass you just go around 1 pylon.
22. Spiral Left – Dog Inside. This exercise requires three pylons or posts placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. Spiral Left indicates that the handler must turn to the left when moving around each pylon or post. This places the dog on the inside of the turns. The exercise sign is placed near or on the first pylon or post where the spiral is started. The first pass is going around all 3 pylons, then the 2nd pass you go around only 2 pylons, and the final pass you just go around 1 pylon.
23. Straight Figure 8 Weave Twice. This exercise requires four obstacles (pylons, posts or people) placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. The exercise sign is placed near or on the first obstacle where the exercise is started. Entry into the weaving pattern is with the first obstacle at the dog/handler’s left side.
24. Serpentine Weave Once. This exercise requires four obstacles (pylons, posts or people) placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. The exercise sign is placed near or on the first obstacle where the exercise is started. Entry into the weaving pattern is with the first obstacle at the dog/handler’s left side. It should be noted that in this exercise, the team does not weave back through the obstacles as they do in the Straight Figure 8.
25. HALT – 1, 2, 3 Steps Forward. The team halts with the dog sitting in heel position to begin the exercise. The handler takes one step forward, with the dog maintaining heel position, and halts. The dog sits when the handler halts. This is followed by two steps forward - halt, and three steps forward - halt, with the dog heeling each time the handler moves forward, and sitting each time the handler halts. (Stationary exercise)
26. Call Front – 1, 2, 3 Steps Backward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to a sit in the front position. With the dog in the front position, the handler takes one step backward and halts. The dog moves with the handler and sits in the front position as the handler halts. This is followed by the handler taking two steps backward and a halt, and three steps backward and a halt. Each time, the dog moves with the handler to the front position and sits as the handler halts. The handler then commands the dog to resume heel position as the team moves forward toward the next station. (Stationary exercise)
27. Moving Down. While moving with the dog in heel position, the handler commands the dog to drop to a down position, as the handler pauses next to the dog. Once the dog is completely in the down position, the handler moves forward commanding the dog to heel from the down position. (Stationary exercise)
28. HALT – Fast Forward From Sit. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to heel and immediately moves forward at a fast pace. This must be followed by a normal pace, unless it is the last station in the class. (Stationary exercise)
29. Left About Turn. While moving with the dog in heel position, the handler makes an about turn to the left, while at the same time, the dog must move around the handler to the right and to heel position. The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler.
30. HALT – Walk Around Dog. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to stay, then proceeds to walk around the dog to the left, returning to heel position. The handler must pause in heel position before moving forward to the next station. (Stationary exercise)
31. HALT – Down – Walk Around Dog. With dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to down and stay, then proceeds to walk around the dog to the left, returning to heel position. The handler must pause in heel position before moving forward to the next station.The dog heels forward from the down position. (Stationary exercise)
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:36 AM   #109
 
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Thank you for your account! I like your system very much. I think ours is less complicated and hence we have less to do at the training. I will try some of your stuff with our dogs. I will also try to download a video with our training so that you can have a look at what we normally do.

What do you call your system? Is it IPO by any chance?
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:46 AM   #110
 
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What do you mean by system? The training is just according to the AKC Rally-O standard. You can go to the AKC site and find all the info you need. We were just taking it one step at a time, but Betty was learning so fast that we went through about 15-20 routines in her 1 hour training session. When in training, we also have her off-leash as well, even though the Rally-O Novice is on-leash.

Now, when we do the Rally-O competition, Betty won't have to do all 32 items. They set up the ring with 10-15 different stations of the 32 different items. Then, when you get to Rally-O advanced, it's off leash, and there's 54 different items, and again, you only do 10-15 stations I believe.
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