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 10 years) MACH3 Never A Doubt CD MXC MJC Always the Bridesmaid Precious, wonderful, content Ex-Racer #2 Agility Greyhound 67 QQs 4537 MACH Pts
"Seven" (Age 8 years) MACH4 Never Satisfied MXC MJB2 Drama Queen "Pain & Gain" Movie Star Ex-Racer #1 Agility Greyhound 80QQs 4652 MACH Pts The Best
"Maddie" (age 4) Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20 MX MXJ MJB My First Puppy Coursing Bloodlines Clown Hound AMK9 Biathalon Finisher 12QQs ~950 MACH Pts
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reagan (age 9 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
It is definitely easiest to work on obedience (versus agility) since most obedience training is low impact.
It is important that obedience stay fun. Obedience is very detail oriented so it can get tedious especially for a hound and even more so for a hound puppy.
So I might ask Maddie to do something once or twice and then I will take off running so she can chase me. I want to make sure that running around is MY idea and not hers.
We also play with toys and do some tugging. These chase and toy interruptions are cut out of the video in order to keep the video short and interesting... but I just do not want you to think I am drilling her over and over again.
In this video, we do go outs outside with the neighbor's barking dog as a distraction. And then dumbbell holds. I just think it is so cute to see her holding a dumbbell. So grown up looking. And then I am always working on recalls. I have started interrupting her when she is running and I am still jackpotting such recalls with canned dog food. I cannot stress the importance of creating high value for recalls especially with breeds typically less motivated or not geared to follow the instructions of humans.
And all of this is so Maddie comes home and goes to sleep.
Maddie is just growing up too fast! The girls were all wet from a hike in the rain.