Helen on April 12th, 2011

I’m not taking my need to lose weight seriously enough.  I slipped during the last two weeks and bought two of those Edy ice cream barrels.  Chocolate peanut butter.  I really didn’t even like it.  I like Blue Belle.  But I burned the roof of my mouth with some too hot rice, and I needed […]

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Helen on April 10th, 2011

I’ve only had two sessions with working on Dudley’s tugging through click-and-treat, and we’ve gotten further in those two sessions than all the frustrating sessions I had in the last two weeks with Dudley and the Tug It.  All he wanted to do is lick that.  Once upon a time, he did grip it.  And […]

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Helen on April 1st, 2011

In the midst of hanging tightly onto a new, beefy rope tug yesterday, acting as if I were in control as my innards were being relocated, I made a decision.  I would not opt to go any further with training Raven to tug as a reward.  She’s just too darn strong and likes to show […]

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Helen on March 27th, 2011

Raven really pushed my buttons today. I am training her to do heel the Silvia Trkman way.  Or trying anyway.  This is my first go at this method, but for Dobies, who are natural crabbers, this seems like an excellent way to go.   Well, Raven doesn’t like going around in circles.  Actually, Raven doesn’t […]

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Helen on March 23rd, 2011

If you supported me and voted for my video, I wanted to thank you.  I did get a place in the top five, which really makes me happy.  I tied for 3rd place with Slovenia.   Two were from the USA, one from Bermuda and one other from France.  You can see the results here. Mimi’s […]

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Helen on January 16th, 2011

I was spending too much time dilly dallying around on Facebook, so I chose this weekend to put an end to that.  I only posted three rescue dogs from petharbor on Saturday night, and that I did directly from petharbor and not from FB.  However, when I opened my email on late Sunday morning, someone’s […]

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Helen on December 7th, 2010

Leissl, Luigi and I went to Sunview Park on Saturday for a fun match.  There was obedience, which Luigi was in, and there was rally, which Leissl was in.  It was a good venue to use for practicing in a ring that mirrors a real trial.  Being we have a real trial this weekend, Leissl […]

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Helen on November 18th, 2010

I’m taking an on-line mental prep course for big events.  It’s actually for agility, but I can see the exercises seeping over to help me in other parts of my life – IF I apply them. That is one of my problems.  I get new tools and then don’t use them.  I have so many […]

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Helen on October 29th, 2010

A friend of mine who competes in the upper echelons of obedience, OTCH level, told me her dog got points off last weekend because she barked at the end of her run.  She missed a placement because of that.  I don’t think the stuffiness is going to come out of that dog sport ever.  I […]

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Helen on October 14th, 2010

I took Luigi outside this morning for a few minutes to practice heeling.  I am thinking of entering him in a trial in December to pursue his CD. I noticed as I’ve been training him, I’ve been treating him too often.  I treat him for everything he does right, even if he does something wrong […]

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