Grobbel & Emerald
I started training her in August 2003. Before I started my mom was training her dog named Misty. Every evening when my mom would train Misty in the backyard, Em would go to the window watch, and whine. When I decided to train Em, she would run up to Misty as if to say "I get to do it, too." Em caught on very quickly and in four shows she got her CD title.
Later on I started the Open level. When I practiced with the dumbbell and she could not get the idea she would go to our black leather chair and pout. The way I trained Em is this: First throw your dog's favorite toy then substitute it with the dumbbell. At first your dog will just pick it up by the ends but when you practice with your dog you can get him/her to take it from your hand by the middle. But believe me it is hard!! And I never could train Em to take the dumbbell from my hand. I recommend you rub a little flavor on it and when the dog picks it up reward him/her. Some dogs might just lick it but if you flavor it and force your dog to take it, he/she should learn to pick it up.
Training a dog for Obedience is a challenge!
Skellenger & Strike
We have also earned two other titles, both in Agility. In addition to a lot of practicing at home, I go to an obedience class every Monday and also the last Friday of every month to train Strike. The hardest part in obedience for Strike is the off-lead heeling. He really likes to lag! So, I have been training him on lead, with lots of verbal praise, to let him get used to heeling by my side. He is getting much better! It has been great training Strike and as soon as he learns to retrieve (not natural for him!) we'll look forward to Open Obedience competitions.
Skellenger & Dillon
In my spare time I roller skate competitively, ride my horse, and practice my flute. I am also actively involved in my church and 4-H club.