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Monday, August 31, 2015

Flyball Fun!

Flyball Demo!

This past Sunday our flyball club is hosted a flyball demo day at the Oregon State Fair! We were super excited to go because since it is not a tournament they were letting "green" (inexperienced) dogs run and practice in a tournament like environment! That means us!

We've been slowly making progress in flyball with Dante and Ziva but we've had a couple hiccups in our training.

Quick Recap - Past 2 Weeks

Two weeks ago, Ziva was minding her own business in a flyball lane all to herself practicing her box turn and was attacked by a fellow teammates Schipperke that came flying out of practically no where if you ask Ziva. A little black flying ninja! After that incident she kept checking over her shoulders and behind her - we didn't accomplish much after that.

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Ziva - 

She's also been dropping the ball a lot, something she wasn't doing during our private sessions. In fact she never drops her ball. I think it's because she is nervous at the club, so to help with that I've been working on teaching her "Give", a command that means - put it in my hand. She's always handed me her ball, I don't like bending down for it so I never taught her to "drop it". My goal with "give" is to teach her that if she drops the ball early and I say, "give", I want her to pick it back up and put it in my hand.

Dante - 

At home Dante can do a really long run with two jumps, and a box turn with ball retrieval (using a prop to help him remember to pick his feet up). I'll try to get a video tomorrow if it doesn't rain. I was really hoping to have him to a full run this week at our club's practice but we had a bit of a setback.

Remember that little black ninja? Yup this past week he got Dante this time, we're not sure if he broke skin (it's hard to tell with how dark Dante's hair is) their was blood though, but Dante could have bitten his tongue, happens pretty regularly with him. That little dog needs some work to say the least, he needs to learn to stay in his lane. It's too hard for me to be watching all of the other dogs around us when I'm working with my dog. On a good note, the team is awesome and everyone is helping out. From hence forward we won't be running in a lane next to the ninja. Some dogs just don't like each other, that's ok but they do need to learn to ignore each other.

Needless to say, Dante didn't recover his brain back. We ended his training on a good note but he too was suffering from the paranoia of checking over his shoulders and behind his butt to make sure their weren't any more sneak attacks coming for him.

Sunday - Demo Day

But Sunday was a great day for both dogs! I wasn't sure of the environment so I didn't bring my camera...what a dummy! So here are some fun shots that So Fly was wonderful enough to let me share with you guys!    

Photo Credit - So Fly
Photo Credit - So Fly
Ziva was pretty freaked about the fair environment but we were their all day and with frequent walks and lots of love she relaxed quite a bit by the end of the day. We got to meet tons of people, she was fawned over by strangers which she loves, and we got to watch the flyball and dock diving dogs!

When the experienced dogs weren't running it was the green dogs turn to play in the race lanes, Ziva decided that instead of doing flyball she wanted to do agility so after her four jumps she cleared the flyball box and the back fence as well! On a good note she did a sharp turn and came right back at me like a boomerang - just like she used to do in agility.

Photo Credit - So Fly
Dante once again played the roll of Space Cadet, but he did much better than our last practice. We practiced his "run backs" (start at the flyball box and run back to the start line), we attempted some ball retrievals but he was more interested in the environment and what was happening all around us, and then we got a couple box turns in but mostly it was just a good excuse to get him used to the craziness that is flyball.

Overall I loved the fair environment, I wish I had more opportunities like this to take the dogs out into. We got to practice walking in crowds, heeling in a very HIGH distraction environment, we were surrounded by strangers and strange dogs, lots of barking and excited dogs from both flyball and the dock diving dogs. And they made me proud! They were very nice meeting everyone, elderly adults, and children they were super gentle didn't jump up (except once but he was a pretty tough looking Marine who was super excited about meeting Dante so he kind of asked for it hahaha) and Ziva even had some nice interactions with a few other dogs! I think we've got a nice handle on her reactive dog past at this point.  Hooray!!

You know what else? I finally met Blitz, the little ninja and in person he's quite nice. Hopefully flyball practice this week will go without incident.

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  1. Oh no! I'm sorry about the schipperke! That is so NOT cool. I would be so mad.

    That's good you had fun at the State Fair! I didn't know you could bring dogs to it so the girls stayed home when we went! I was okay with that, though because I love going to the barns and petting the animals and dogs aren't allowed in the barns.

    1. I guess technically the dogs aren't supposed to leave Dog Town but we saw people walking around with their pets (clearly not service animals). I think it's pretty cool they let you bring dogs though, I hope people don't abuse it.
      Since we were part of the fair events we would have been let in regardless. Our biggest challenge was keeping people a polite distance from the running dogs and the crated dogs, people can be so nosy!
      I was definitely a bit peeved about the schipperke, she gets one more shot before I have a big blow out.

  2. Your dogs photograph so well! Yay for them for minding their own business and not responding to the black Ninja. I hope the other dogs human realizes their darling little cherub needs work. Still off of Facebook, but enjoying your blog

    1. Thank you! And we hope he gets better too, I can't have another botched practice because of him.

  3. Love the focus in Ziva's eyes in those last shots.

  4. Running and balls; flyball DOES sound like fun!

    1. Maybe you could find a team near you! It's such a blast!

  5. Hopefully Blitz will stay in his own lane. Can't blame your guys for watching their butts!

    1. I hope so too! I'd like to have a non-incident week. :-)

  6. Dante and Ziva sound like they're doing great. So impressed that they managed such a distracting environment. That is huge.

    So what's the story with the ninja dog? Does he go after other pups? Do other club members have a plan to manage his behavior. Because I hate the thought of sweet Ziva looking over her shoulder.

    1. That's the whole issue! He doesn't seem to go after any of the other dogs (maybe he hates pitties?), both incidences were unprovoked - we weren't in his lane, Dante and Ziva weren't eyeballing him or giving him any attention he just decided to leave his lane and attack us in our own lane while we were working and they were completely focused on me.

      The other club members are pretty awesome now everyone has eye's on Blitz, making sure he's behaving himself and they are ready to jump in if they need to which I love. The dogs have to learn that the only safe place is with their person so usually when a dog leaves a lane even if they are just being silly, they get yelled at by members other than their person (whoever handles the dog for the race needs to be the good guy), it's a great communal tending to the dogs everyone encourages but if a dog needs to be yelled at you don't yell at your own dog. The worst thing a dog can do in a race setting is leave their lane and enter another teams lane so we treat it very seriously. :-)

      Since Ziva is so soft I really don't want her to have another bad flyball practice experience so we are no longer working when Blitz is working, he has to be leashed or in his crate while we are out. If we have another run in with him I'll be making a big issue out of it and getting the club president involved. But since i'm new to the team I'm trying to be patient and let Blitz's person work through his issues, and give her one last shot. She's been warned though, we have one pitty on the team who would seriously injure him if he were to go after her, and unlike myself I don't think her person would grab her face for fear of being bit in the process, I've worked really hard with Dante and Ziva on their self control and have no hesitation when it comes to grabbing them if I need to, I don't believe they would ever bite me.


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