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Subject: Any Other Dog Trainers Here?
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 10:35 AM ET
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I am hoping to run across other dog trainers here. I love training books and rarely see the really good ones posted. Is that because, like me, you tend to hoard the good ones? lol. 
Anyway I would love to know if there are other trainers on here and talk shop sometime.

Jessi Queen, CPDT, NADOI, (former) APDT, CGC Evaluator

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 7:14 PM ET
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<Waves>

And, yes, I hoard all my books..LOL!!!!!!



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Subject: If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I to go where they did~ W
Date Posted: 4/11/2008 8:54 AM ET
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 I train Pit Bulls ~ to calm them down & socialize them. But, I cannot part with mine either. 

 ~Peace~

 Shanna

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 7:18 PM ET
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I love pit bulls...I used to do  pb rescue..but when I moved here to the apartment I am in now I couldn't take anymore dogs...so we have Smoochie still..he is a service dog...I rescued him when he was about 6 mos old..and he is now 6 1/2....He was my first rescue, and while he is currently my only pibble...he certainly won't be my last...I plan on moving someday...LOL

 

I also evaled, trained and rehab'd (when necessary)...then re-homed the ones I could.  My last rescue was a 4 y/o female..she had to be PTS a couple of years ago because she had cancer...we were working towards getting her certified with TDI so we could do some volunteer work..I miss her...

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 5:13 AM ET
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Not a trainer, just a training junkie. And pit bull junkie as well.

I hoard. Shamelessly.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 8:17 PM ET
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LOL...if I had the room where I live now I would still be a rescue (HOARDER)..

 

I LOVE the pibbles!  The smoochie is my avatar...

 

any guesses on how he got his name?



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Date Posted: 4/18/2008 7:32 AM ET
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I should have check back on this topic sooner! I didn't realize there were other posters.

I love training and competing. My veteran UD dog died in September. I haven't shown since 2005! My one boy, Axel, is ready to finish his CD (I HOPE!) so I am contemplating entering a regional specialty next month (entries close next week) and another show the week after as a back up just in case he doesn't qualify. My first serious competition dog was so good (he's my avatar) that I never hesitated or stressed about entering shows. He was nearly always in the ribbons. Axel, on the other hand, while good, does not have the desire as much as Achielles did and I am showing him late. Axel is 7 and will be 8 this year. Circumstances in life have postponed his trial career for this long.

I also have 2 youngsters that I am training for competition and the new rescue (in October) that I work with sporadically. I feel like there is never enough time to work them though. between family life and teaching classes and working with the foster, I don't have enough time! When I do have a few minutes, say during the twins nap, I am so darn tired I take a nap too. I used to go to the larger cities for classes but stopped that years ago and now with gas prices so high I don't know how I could/can afford to.

Ah well... just a little venting and rambeling here at work at 6:30 in the morning. Oh yeah... and I work night shifts Thur, Fri and Sat at the local hospital... *sigh* never enough time for it all!

Look forward to talking to ya'll more :)

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 8:25 PM ET
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I sent in the registration form for my first ever rally trial but I haven't heard back yet. Apparently the host club likes to pick and choose who they take, or so I've heard. I have a shelter pit bull (AmStaff for AKC purposes) as my sport dog, and every time I've been there, I've gotten attitude, but they're local, so I'm giving it a shot. We'll see!

She's a reactive, dog-aggressive spaz, but she's taught me an astounding amount in the past four years. And she's learned a lot as well. I doubt we'll ever see a CD (stand for exam means do not leap in the air and kiss the judge's face) but who knows. I remember when I thought she could never ever in a million years get her CGC, and we managed that easy-peasy.

I work as a vet tech, so my dog habit is useful even though I'm not a trainer.

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 7:01 AM ET
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Congrats on entering your first trial! You'll have a blast. Some hints I useare: Don't try to fix something a week before the trial, if it isn't perfect when you enter, don't expect it to be fixed lol. You will stress your dog out more trying to fix it than if you just practiced and set him up for success and have fun. Get to the show early, set up and relax. Don't hob-knob too much before you show. Afterwards is fine, but before hand, watch the other competitors and have a plan of action. Remember to BREATHE when in the ring ;) Remember you can talk to your dog in rally, but try to see the trial as a practice match to relax yourself some. The more stressed you are, generally the poorer your dog will perform, so relax as best you can. Do your normal routine for a warm up ... whatever works best for you and your dog (some dogs are great out of the crate others need 10 minute heeling warm up and others yet need 30 min or more to get used to their surroundings). Take a notebook with you and a book. The book is to read (something fun) to help you relax some. The notebook is to take notes about what you did that day (what the conditions were, how your dog reacted, how you thought your performance went, circumstances unique to that show, how long you were there before hand, where you set up, how long you did your "warm up" ..etc) so that after the show and for the next you will have a better idea of what worked and what didn't work. Also great for taking down names and email or phone numbers of people you meet that you would like to get to know or keep in contact with after the show.

There are several great books out now on dog reactive dogs. I LOVE Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt (sp?) and Focus not Fear: Training insights from a reactive dog class by Ali Brown.

Don't give up or put the CD too far in the back of your mind ;) It is very achievable if you have the desire to train for it :)

Be sure to let us know how your trial goes!

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 12:21 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Control Unleashed. Taking my time, digesting it. Great stuff. Even better that I've already been doing a fair bit of it ;)

She has known all the behaviors for years, and they're lovely. Attention has always always been our problem. When it's there she's amazing. When it's not, she's lunging for the station signs and grabbing them with her front feet. She likes to keep things interesting. She is five now, though, and I haven't taken her to a match in quite awhile. There is one later this month that I'm going to try to hit.

My biggest frustration in training has been lack of resources. The only trainer that has classes when I'm able to get to them is very limited. The most advanced class she has is APDT Rally 1, and she's never trialed herself. I have Luce in it right now for attention-work purposes, but I would like to learn new behaviors. I found a really awesome competition private trainer, but her schedule and my schedule don't mesh at all. I work stupid hours and have multiple dogs who need my attention, including my old, very high maintenance, brain tumor seizure dog. I love having multiple dogs, but right now, it's so limiting.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 9:00 PM ET
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I can sympathize, Katie...I miss having a multi pit bull house...<sigh>

 

Good luck finding classes you can attend!

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 5:47 AM ET
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Wish me luck! I entered a show on May 10th for Novice B and Rally Novice B. I also entered a show on May 17 for Novice B and Rally Novice B. We'll see how Axel does. I haven't trialed him in over 2 years. Between work and kids... well biting the bullet and by golly we are going to finish his CD (has one leg) and probably get the RN title too :o) I just wish I could have entered both days both weekends... but due to work, couldn't. So Saturdays are our shots!

Since I train alone I admit I am a bit concerned about his SFE... rarely does anyone go over him. We shall see....

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 9:23 AM ET
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I am not a dog trainer by profession but I am an operant psychologist and have trained rats, pigs and pigeons.  My own dog is barely trained--I got him as an older, untrained crazy border collie.  So barely trained is pretty good progress ;)

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 7:16 PM ET
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Good luck Jessi!

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 6:14 AM ET
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Thought I would pop in and update:

Axel got his second CD leg on Saturday. We didn't enter on Sunday. He also got his first RN leg. Took first in his class in Rally Nov B. Judge said he was a very nice working dog. This was my first Rally show in over 4 years. I screwed up one sign (call to front, finish left, forward) by letting him sit on the finish (whoops!) instead of heeling out so lost 10 points there. Judge told me we would have had a 99 if I had done the sign correctly lol Oh well. Know it for next time! His CD was a 190. Outdoor show. Failed to sit on halts twice (yikes! lost 6 points for that). Overall decent score. It was an All-breed trial and GSD Specialty. He took 2nd in his class for all breed. Was first GSD in his class for Specialty and was only 1 point away from HS GSD for the specialty. Not too shabby considering it has been over 3 years since I last showed and I have only been seriously working with him for the last few months since the hiatus.

 I am thinking a vet visit is required after the show on Saturday. During his Friday show bath, I noticed he was very sensitive to his testicles being handled and that one seemed larger possibly oddly shaped... So will check for a testicular tumor or cancer... I pray it isn't the case. It would explain his no sits though...

At any rate, wish us luck on Saturday! Early show, means up and early to drive... 4am is when I'll be heading out the driveway!One more leg and he has his CD, then on to open. 2 more legs for RN. After his CDX I think I will "retire" him and focus on the two youngsters :)

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 7:22 PM ET
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Hi !  I'm not a "pro" dog trainer, but I've owned lots of dogs and they all get trained.  Right now we have one Gordon Setter with a JH, RN, RA, CGC, TDI and several conformation points. My daughter also shows him in Junior showmanship.  We have 2 English Springer Spaniels, one retired shelter dog and my daughter's 4-H obedience dog who is going to try Rally for the first time in June.  We also have an English setter (field bred) that is my husband's hunting dog.

I don't have very many dog training books (I think I have one small clicker training book), but I have TONS of horse training books!  I did recently post a book about health for dogs. Home guide to pet vet or something like that. Basic health care and first aid for dogs. I've never seen a  book like it before, and while I haven't read it from cover to cover, it doesn't seem dated or anything. It contains most of the stuff you learn over the years of owning dogs. :-)

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 2:17 PM ET
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Well, time for another update.

I am going to make this one shorter though lol.

Axel is now Axel vom Brukensteintal CD, CGC. He also now has 2/3 Rally Novice finished. I'm pretty happy with how he did really. 3 shows for his CD and he qualified each time. I was a bit worried during the stays as I train alone the majority of the time and have very little great proofing opportunities. During the sits, the ring behind him was open and of course, he was in line with the jump. I was shocked when the open person through the DB and of course it bounced into our ring and it landed practically on Axel's tail. I thought for sure he would get up. He just looked at me as if it was a test and didn't move *whew!* Then the dog next to him during the downs is a creeper and he'd never seen that before. He wasn't sure what to think when that dog kept creeping and wiggeling off  the stay line.  At anyrate, we passed again with another score of 190. At least he is being consistant lol. Lost more stupid points and I plan on working on that before we go into open.

Oh and he took 3rd in a class of 16 in RN :)

J&J also had a booth at this show. I couldn't leave without buying a book lol Building Blocks for Performance. Excellent!!!! so far for those of you wanting to do some kind of performance event (rally, obedience, agility, schutzhund, field trials, herding, etc)! I highly recommend it and I am not even finished yet lol