Saturday, November 30, 2013

30 Months of Age

 WOW!  30 Months Old Already!

30 Days

30 Months

30 Days

30 Weeks

30 Months

3 Months

30 Months

Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy American Thanksgiving

Happiness is...

a new set of spoons!

What??? It's ok...I just had a bath!

This peanut butter dough is gonna be ruff on my pawdicure!
Must ask Santa for a KitchenAid mixer.

Happy Thanksgiving
to my American Family, Friends and Followers!

Safe Travels and Good Eats!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday's Smile

Mama Miska & Uncle Tyro: "He's sneaking up on us. Isn't he?"
(Finally, proof Bodi is an alien - his "white eye" is blue!)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Caught in the Act

I made it to the voting round of the "William Wegman inspired" photo contest
 on Patricia McConnell's blog! That's me "Bird Dog Bodi".

You can cast a vote here (until 11:59 CT tonight):

Alas, we did not win but it was fun to be in the running.
Congratulations to "Story" the Weim!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Wednesday's Work

For a variety of reasons, we have not attended any classes for several months. Where has the time gone? We did, however, manage a few private obedience lessons in the summer. Here are two videos from my introduction to the broad jump.

My first session learning the obedience broad jump sequence


Being an introductory lesson, the broad jump is set about half its trial length (which will be 46"). To avoid a diagonal jump landing in front position, the plunger is used to encourage a straight jump landing followed by a turn then a front. This is the type of exercise where we employ the earlier foundation exercise of going out to and around cones (for example, go-outs). As shown in the above video, we ended each attempt with a front and a fun reward delivery rather than a formal finish (finishes will be added much later).

The following weekend

If I am counting correctly, there are 6 steps to a broad jump:
1.  wait in a sit position
2.  jump straight over the boards
3.  land straight
4.  turn to the right
5.  front (sit in front of handler as straight as possible)
6.  finish (either by swinging to the left or by going behind the handler then
     sitting in the space between the boards and the handler)