Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Odds And Ends

Just a very random post...  First, Riley has been green lighted to get back to work.  She had some lower back and illiopsoas soreness that the rehab vet found.  I gave her 3 to 4 weeks off from work with lots of laser therapy, massage, and stretching.  Riley and I are so happy she is allowed to play again! We will, of course, be easing back into it.
Maddie is now 15 months old.  We are working on weave poles, jump sequences, and contact obstacles. Right or wrong, I depend heavily on food motivation in training and Maddie just is not food motivated consistently and never at a level on par with my other greyhounds.
Maddie is definitely forcing me to get comfortable using toys.  The funny thing is that I did want to learn to use toys, but had Maddie been food motivated, I am sure I would have long forgotten the idea of training with toys by now.  I have done that with all of my other hounds.  Travis, Katie, Seven, and Riley were/are very toy motivated, but I just never bothered with it because I am great working with food and they were/are great at eating. So I got the challenge I asked for. I try to approach each training session with "what will you teach me today?" instead of focusing on what I will teach Maddie.
Here is a little video of Maddie working on weave poles and contacts.
As you can see, Maddie was food motivated for the contact training the day I videoed.  I do have a feeding strategy that helps to promote food motivation on training days.  I tend to think about how much food Maddie needs to eat in a week rather than per day.  So on her days off and hike days, I over feed her and then under feed the meal or two prior to training sessions.  I use toys as much as I can, but some things (small detail work) are best trained with food.
Seven is doing great!  She is running well, training awesome, and staying sound.  Her "trick" wrist has been quiet and has caused her no problems lately.
I am just so grateful when all my hounds are happy and sound.
Seven's movie, "Pain and Gain", came out on DVD in the USA. There were no additional scenes, but the photo of she and Rebel Wilson did make the back cover.  I thought that was pretty cool.  I have now seen it about 13 times, I think, and can just about quote the entire movie. I still need to put together my photos and clips from filming to a couple of songs from the movie.
Well, summer is just about over.  I am looking forward to the heat not being a factor and being able to play/train/work dogs in the middle of the day!


Taryn said...

I watched Pain and Gain a few weeks back and while I didn't really like the movie (I usually like Mark Walberg movies or at least his abs ;-) ), I enjoyed watching to see Seven. What a cool experience you were so lucky to have!

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

I'm so impressed by Maddie's progress in what seems like a short time. I was feeling pretty ambitious and bought one adjustable jump thinking I'd train Bettina and Blue to jump over it and I haven't been able to get either of them near it. Sigh.

What Remains Now said...

My daughter bought the Pain and Gain DVD and loved the movie. She just couldn't say enough about it and was delighted to "remotely" know one of the stars.

houndstooth said...

I'm so glad to hear that everyone is happy and sound! It does take a load off. And way to go Seven on making the DVD cover!

gyeong said...

Glad to hear that Riley is back in action. Maddie is going to make an awesome agility dog. Congrats to Seven for making the back cover.

jet said...

I missed Pain and Gain at the cinemas here but eagerly awaiting it's DVD release, might even be able to get it via our Fetch box then I won't have to go to the video store hunting.

Team Zero Gravity said...

Glad everyone is well right now. Fingers crossed for continuation of that.

Blaze is toy and food motivated. With him, I tend to start off using toys in our training, then after awhile, he lets me know he's bored with the toy and I switch to food. With Cori and her nose works, I have found it best that I do the initial reward with food--but if she was very fast in alerting me to the hide, I go play a little running/chase game with her. We've even added a toy to the game. She was not previously toy motivated, but she's actually starting to become more toy motivated--as long as I initiate a chase game with her.

I bought the DVD too but hadn't watched it yet. I'm a little disappointed that they are no extra scene with Seven--but still glad to have it :)

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Ha! Kili used to have that exact same purple dog toy that Maddie has in her mouth in the one picture. It didn't last very long here. Her and her border collie friend shredded it at work in one day. :S Hope Maddie gets more enjoyment out of hers!

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing these tips about training, and motivation. I learn something new each time. The photos and videos are so fun as well