Actually, Sepp did pretty well, but he started doing this weird thing where he would shift to Ryan's left side, he also jumped on him a few times which is out of character, and when I would walk up he would jump away from me because he thought he was in trouble. I think it was a combination of things. I think he was too amped [for whatever reason], causing him to be a bit 'dirty' and I also think he was getting weird about the stick. I think he would move when I got up there because he KNEW he was in trouble. I am not one to give dogs human emotions but he does know what he supposed to be doing now. The few times he shied away from me was after he had tried to jump on Ryan or tried to re-bite the sleeve after I outed him.
We ended up doing a lot of bites to try to correct this behavior, I would praise him for sitting calmly in front of Ryan. Towards the end of the session he was doing better, but was still be a stinker.
Ryan hasn't put a ton of pressure on Seppel. He has been using the stick more in training, last week Seppel did just fine with it - but I think the pictures speak for themselves in that he really seems to be avoiding the stick:
The way he was acting was very out of character for him, but he's shown me in the past that he likes to switch it up and be 'naughty' every now and then. We aren't going to training next week but will go the week after. Hopefully with a break he will calm down a little and be back on his game next week.
Here are a few more pictures from training:
I have sent an email to Rose City Working Dog Association to see about joining their club because I think we are getting closer to being able to trial. At the very least I want this dog to get his BH. I also looked at some IPO I protection videos on youtube and there are dogs out there getting scores of 96-98 and they won't sit in front of the decoy or they forge fairly bad when they heel, so I don't think we have to be perfect. We have the side transport down and I saw several videos where the dogs did not have the intensity that Seppel has in the side transport. We did get a little bit of video, I don't have movie maker on my new laptop yet but I'll try to get a video up soon.
Anyway, there's a little pictoral update of our IPO training.
Off topic Seppel is 10mos post FHO surgery! I need to get updated measurements but his legs are only different by a few centimeters. You can tell it is different if I point it out, once in a while he sits funny or doesn't place full weight on it, but he uses it all the time and I feel it is hard to notice he's had surgery. I'm still very happy with the results, at 12mos POST SX, I will re-xray and see what it looks like in there.