I want to know more about the jump grids you are doing with your dogs. Are they at the height you normally jump your dogs? Higher? Lower? What is the spacing? How many jumps? What are you looking for when the dog is jumping?
Collection jump grids---spacing varies--enough the dog has to "bounce jump" in between. I also do extension grids-- 15-21 feet apart...varying heights but normally close to my dogs jump height (22" 24")...and I mix things up. Also add in angles. I am looking for the dog jumping FLUIDLY..smoothly. Nice arc, appropriate take off for that dog etc etc. Relaxed jumping...not anxious or cautious...just confident, happy jumping.
1. What you think the most important things are everyone should teach their dogs BEFORE they try agility. ie what are YOUR foundation behaviors.
RECALL, RECALL RECALL--did I mention RECALL!?!?
Drive training...going into and out of drive, basic tricks/obedience in drive
Understanding and being OK with corrections...aka they are just another way to show the dog what to do.
RUNNING...dog needs to love to run, and run WITH YOU.
2. What is your favorite thing you and Andy have ever done together.
This is a public blog...I can't talk about those kinds of things ;-) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
No seriously...just being TOGETHER..we are both busy, he's on the road, a fire, outside in the summer at night is pretty darn amazing :)
3. If you must have a small dog other than crackhead, what would you get?
For ME? Papillon...ALL THE WAY...
For Andy...no idea...he likes Border/jack crosses...
4. How did each of your dogs get their names?
Ace--he had separation anxiety...Acepromazine was used...it fit :) LMAO!
Zip--it just fit her...she came home with the name Nessie...HA!!! NO F_CKING way that fit!!
Klink---Jack Knox, it's slang for "top of the line"...also the noise a bar makes when the dog drops it...maybe not the BEST CHOICE :)
Gator---he had a face biting issue...brat.
Crackers---his breeder called him "poor little white boy"...so I called him a "Crazy Craka!" for a long time (yes I know..racial slang but I'm white...so whatev)...and then name just stuck :) So we added an s onto the end so we wouldn't seem like a bunch of honky's LMAO!! HA! I KILL ME!! HAHAHA!!
Even and Lynn---named after my grandmother Evelynn...she died, they were born, seemed fitting...and I didn't even remember it until I had picked those two puppies :) So the names had to stay...Eve became Even just because we called her Even Steven all the time :)
5. What is your favorite meal to eat and why? Can you tell me how to stop loving food so f*#@&&*# much? ;)
Ohhhhh....I love food....um well...my FAVORITE meal EVER?!?! Probably southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes, fried okra, and pecan pie (pronounced PEEEKAN) ...YUM...and boiled peanuts for a snack :) I love food...and I am not going to stop loving food...but I eat less of that food. The world won't run out of pecan pie and mashed potatoes. I WILL live to eat another day...that's what I tell myself. And I REALLY enjoy it. I sit down, no TV, plate in front of me...and really savor EVERY, SINGLE, BITE...works well. I don't eat healthy shit all the time..no thank you :) I do exercise though...that helps me eat what I want more often :)
6. If you could go back and do one thing over again, differently, what would it be?
WOW...that's like SUPER DEEP...I would probably spend more time with my grandparents...I miss them both so much...
And maybe go to vet school...so all the dog stuff doesn't cost so damn much! ;-)
Directly TODAY: took a nap...that would have been nice :)
Crackers is so fast and I was wondering if he always had that much drive for agility. If not, were there any exercises you/Andy did (or could suggest) to build drive for small dogs?
NO...Crackers was the weenie puppy in the litter...he wouldn't even go down the stairs at his breeders house...the other two puppies jumped down the stairs and he sat there and whined. He was soft...and would stop working if it was ANYTHING but sunny and about 60 :) DRIVE TRAINING...TONS of it...at one point the husband asked if he would be doing drive training FOREVER..my response was NO, only until he LOVES the game :) Took about a year honestly...and look at Crackers now :)
I would say the #1 thing is...don't treat them like small dogs, don't use that as an excuse. KNOW your dog won't like rain, so work him out in the rain, know he won't like cold, so work him in the cold. Crackers walks in the winter (-15 degrees) with the big dogs...treat them like a big dog and they'll run like a big dog. CHASE games...do LOTS of that. Chase toys, chase YOU. CHASE CHASE CHASE.
Also - how did you get involved in agility?
I had a dog with excess energy (Acer pup)...I was doing obedience but I was bored...and I then started doing agility...and the rest is history :) My first agility class was back in 2003 :)
2-Best moment ever with your dogs.
For ME? When they turn onto stock...it's amazing...and if I ever lose that amazement, I need to stop herding :)
In agility...before running in any finals (local/regional/Nationals)...that moment when I am about to put it all on the line, trust my dog and RUN :) I've trained them, and now it's up to us as a team with NO DOUBTS :) LOVE THAT :)
3- Worst moment ever with your dogs.
There aren't many...Zip almost dying? Or if any of them are sick...luckily that doesn't happen often!
4- Tell us more about the sheep! I like sheep pictures! :P
The sheep are wool crosses (Cheviot/Isle De France/etc etc...they produce nice lambs with high market weights at sale time. I love my sheep, they are fun. I am very protective of my sheep so I don't just let anyone come work them...I have to know the people and their dogs first...I'm snobby like that ;)
5 - ditto about the names....
See above :)
I want to know when you are going to send me EVEN!? and just go ahead and slip Lynn in to the crate with her when you do...k?
Wait to ask me this when she does something really evil...it probably won't take more than a week :) Lynn...probably never, she is a good little dog :)
THERE! TA DA! Anymore questions, feel free to post them! :)
Now onto the title of the post :)