I'm Jennifer living near Atlanta, Georgia. This blog is about my greyhound adventures. Thank you for letting me brag about my wonderful greyhounds and share our ups and downs as we train and compete in agility and obedience. We have also done a little dock jumping, tracking, swimming, and lots of hiking. No couch potatoes on this blog! My hounds still work and play for a living and they love every minute of it!
Riley (age 6 years) "Never A Doubt CD MX MXJ" Cute As A Button Trail Blazer Ex-Racer #4 Agility Greyhound 11 QQs 1114 MACH Pts
Seven (Age 4) "Never Satisfied MX MXJ" Drama Queen Movie Star Agility Star Ex-Racer A Licker 10QQ 673 MACH Pts #5 Agility Greyhounds
Maddie (age 0) "Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20" Future Star
BEHIND THE SCENE
Reagan (age 5 years) "Never Swing Left OA NAJ" Unrealized Talent House Dog Yodeler Hilarious
Katie "MACH Never Had Braces UD" 05/17/1998 - 10/21/2010 1st MACH Greyhound 14th Utility Dog Greyhound #3 Greyhound in AKC Agility Retired Oct. 2007 1 Squirrel Catch Kong Excavator Extraordinaire Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Travis MACH2 Never Expected CDX 06/08/1998 - 07/26/2008 #1 Greyhound in AKC Agility 1st & Only GH with 2 MACHs Junior Jumper Dock Dogs title A Stunning, Sexy Dog Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Jessie Never Make It FCh CD NA NAJ 08/03/92 - 05/12/04 2 Coursing Best of Breeds #19 ASFA GH out of 300+ in '97 Greatest Teacher My Screw Up Dog
"Teresa CD AX AXJ" 1994? - 11/17/06 #6 Greyhound in AKC Agility Most Humbling Excellent Hiking Companion Coursing Field "Chump" Safe, Slow, and Sweet
Obviously, I cannot improve Seven's It-Is-Not-My-Turn Anxiety by tricking her when we are training close to home. In a trial setting, tricking Seven has worked very well, but daily training is far too routine for outsmarting her. So we compromise.
If Seven will stay in her crate, I will leave the door open. Leaving the crate door open diffuses Seven's anxiety almost completely. No more screaming, yelping, spinning, or crate chewing. We have been doing this for couple of months now and she has only come out of the crate twice.... and was corrected for it. The rest of the time she is rewarded for staying where she is.
The van is positioned so she can see the training field and Riley and I are able to work at the far end. Riley can now run full courses, slam the teeter, and barrel through tunnels without Seven getting overly excited. It has been a good compromise.