Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bitework. Ths is srs.

Today was a pretty awesome day at training.

Derek - the cute guy - was there. They had him put on a sleeve and join in on the fun.

Derek hid across the field behind blind 5 and Ryan hid in the normal bark & hold blind. I sent Sepp to blind 5. It was funny because I could tell he was surprised to see someone new. I think it was a good thing that we had Derek in the blind because it was something new for him. After that I sent him to Ryan. He didn't bark as well as he has in the past.

We worked on transports without the leash. It was hard for me because I just don't trust Sepp to not sneak a bite. He actually did REALLY well. I need to give him some credit and breathing room because he did pretty well. He just has all of these impulsive tendencies - I just don't trust him to not sneak in a bite!

Then they had Derek get into the spot that we do the bark & hold. Initially Sepp was just leaping around like an idiot, not really barking. I had sent him around an empty, blind 5, and then sent him to Derek. I was just catching up and I could hear his bark change. He started "woofing" defensively and then got into bark mode. Derek was a lot more aggressive than Ryan and had kneed the gate into Seppel and pissed him off! Jennifer said he was like "Huh?" at first and then just got pissed off! We worked a bit on the bark & hold, heeling away etc. I sent him to Derek, and Derek is really tall, so he was leaning over growling and agitating Seppel and Seppel jumped up and bit his hoody! It was so bad but hilarious at the same time.

He was a good sport about it. Then he went on to crack a joke about being single.

Yep, that's right. He's single! And we have matching Sepp holes in our hoodies <3

I hope he helps out in training more because it was an awesome day.

I just need to figure out what the hell I'm doing. I feel like I fumble all over the place, still not sure of what I am doing. Sepp is so fast! I know I am more confident now than I was when we started, but I feel like I still have so much to learn.

We'll be taking a break from bitework this next week. Then April 2nd is our first Advanced Obedience class! I'm very excited to have him in a class setting and see how he does with distractions. I'm also excited to get to take an obedience class, it's been ages since I have been to one. We may get to do a little bit of bitework while we're doing the advanced OB class, Ryan typically isn't in in the evenings but he said he would meet us there a few times to do it. I can't say enough good things about Ryan and Jennifer - I really am just so glad we found them and are able to train with them.


  1. I'm glad you had fun at training! :D Here's the dog trainer I was talking about:

    He has a great way of teaching competition heeling it's a 3 part video series. :) See ya Tuesday.

    1. Awesome, thanks for sharing. I will check the videos out!