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 8 years) MACH2 Never A Doubt CD Cute As A Button Trail Blazer Ex-Racer #2 Agility Greyhound 40 QQs ~2900 MACH Pts
"Seven" (Age 6) MACH2 Never Satisfied Drama Queen "Pain & Gain" Movie Star Ex-Racer #1 Agility Greyhound 47QQ ~3000 MACH Pts
"Maddie" (age 2) Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20 My First Puppy Coursing Bloodlines Future Star 2/3 NA, 2/3 NAJ
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reagan (age 7 years) "Never Swing Left OA NAJ" A Member of Wurzinger Family
Katie "MACH Never Had Braces UD" 05/17/1998 - 10/21/2010 1st MACH Greyhound 14th Utility Dog Greyhound #5 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 GH to earn 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
We went to an agility trial in Tennessee last weekend and Maddie had some interesting fears pop up. I knew she was not currently in love with stairs, but any work we do does not seem to carry over to the next flight we encounter. We seem to have to start over.
I was really surprised Maddie had issues with these as they are solid, each step is very wide, and they are not nearly as steep as the ones we had been practicing. We practiced these stairs a lot and she would improve and handle them with no problems. And then we would mostly start over the next day.
Maddie did not like these stairs either (above), but quickly got over it and maintained it the next day.
The other weird thing is that Maddie did not like walking between the rows of seats. Her head was down and tail was tucked as she cautiously walked. She improved much faster on the last day, but still kind of an oddity I was not expecting.
So with those issues, I set out to find all sorts of things for Maddie to walk between and to climb on. I used her meals and treats to encourage her to try the new things along with practicing stairs and walking between the rows.
I made sure we crossed over things that I normally would walk around just to expose Maddie to different textures.
I will continue to expose Maddie to new things and try to create things at home that might challenge her. Thank you for all of the offers of a kiddie pool. We have one now thanks to one of our friends (thanks, Kim and Guy).
One thing that Maddie is great at is just chilling in her crate. She is relaxed and quiet. I still crate her next to Riley and put Seven somewhere else. I probably always will unless Seven learns to chill out one of these days... but I doubt it.
At times, it was cold enough for Maddie to wear her fleece coat that our friend, Amy, made. She was fairly grown up about wearing it, but eventually started to open up the front.
And we started to play around with a flexi-lead. As a rule, I hate them. But from the puppy obedience seminar a couple of weeks ago, there seemed to be some useful ways to use them for training when you need a long line, but do not need something dragging or getting tangled. I am not sold so far. I think I still prefer a regular long line.
I am very happy with Miss Maddie's recalls. They have been very sharp. I need to set up some safe distractions (people and other dogs) to test her on. She has become less anamored with other dogs. She, of course, likes them and will usually play, but I notice her choosing me over other dogs now which I love.
Maddie spent this week at 38.5 pounds. And here are some random photos for the week.