I've had some SIGNIFICANT changes in my plans for Zeus now. Many health related etc, but I'm officially preparing him to do AKC obedience.
We're hoping to be get a UD by next year! But this is dependent on how many shows are around here and I am able to attend. Considering we have to get 3 q's in novice and open before doing utility, that might be easier said than done.
So......tonight we worked on the 'glove' exercise. I had done so much work with the forced retrieve for schutzhund, that I had to rewire Zeus for the glove. By the end of the session he was extremely happy and willing to bring it to me and also hold it without flinging it around his head. I only had a pair of two white gloves so I only had to direct him to one with two out there instead of three, but he did well!
Now I need to order an AKC dumbbell, and the metal ones..... we've got the drop on recall and directed jumps, but I haven't done the broad jump with him ever so I'll try that this weekend.
The only thing I haven't proofed and am a bit lost on is the stand for exam. If he is walking or standing I can say stay and he'll freeze in a standing position, but I feel VERY insecure as to whether he actually knows if I really want him to stand or not. He seems a bit 'confused' in a stand with me walking behind him and someone else coming towards him, since in schutzhund the only stand is a moving stand and recall. Idk, guess we need to work on that!
The local kennel club is hosting an obedience run-thru day in two weeks. I'm definitely going to take Zeus and run him through Novice class. Will either take Drama in the beginner novice (but will not do the sit with recall) or Argo in the same. Neither of those two will be competing in AKC but they need more trial setting experience.
I will try to get pictures
Also. Have been using Michael Ellis's system for teaching the retrieve to Argo. I am REALLY liking it. Two weeks ago he would've spit the PVC pipe out and had a complete meltdown. Now, he is reliably taking and holding calmly/firmly the piece of PVC. There is a little bit of pressure involved, but overall he is very happy and eager to do it. I like it alot!!
Argo also has his Voraus with
a perfect platz now
He officially 'got it' this weekend and I don't think I stopped smiling all weekend. That on top of his awesome tracking saturday says that his IPO 1 is actually gonna happen.
Oh the feeling when your training and hard work finally starts coming together.... So excited with what this year holds for me and all three of the dobie-children!! Love my dogs, love my sports!