Monday, March 19, 2007

Meet Kiki!

Kiki is a lovely Pembroke Corgi (the smaller ones without tails - cattle herding dogs, no kidding) who I am training in agility and she is SO MUCH FUN. She is confident, very biddable especially when there are hot dog treats involved and enjoys the heck out of this.
This was her third class and there she is doing six weaves with little coaxing, being brave on the teeter and dog walk and she simply adores tunnels. She's real focused (did I mention hot dog treats) and will go over, under and through obstacles without being asked, just for fun.
Many thanks to her human for letting me train her, I don't know which one of us is learning more!

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Hey wait, this thing is moving.....

Must.....get.....hot dog..........

Hey lookit how high I am here!

Oh, these are easy.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Semavi Lady said...

That looks like so much fun! Good luck with Kiki. Looks very promising. :)

I can't walk very well now but years ago I put one of my Anatolians (Aslan) through an agility course. It was a fun match and agility was set up and all the competition runs were complete.

Aslan and I were done with conformation for the day and I thought this could be fun. For a little fee, you could take your dog through the course with two agility spotters to help you along.

My Anatolian was a bit big for the tunnel and we got tangled up at the weaves. He liked the the A frame but didn't care for the seesaw and dogwalk. He really gave a look of disbelief when he realized we wanted him to jump through a tire. But he was really good humored about the whole thing. :)

The second Anatolian that did the course was just not a happy camper. He was 160 pounds and 32.5" (Aslan was 30 pounds less, 30" ). Both were stud dogs btw and on best behavior. It's just that the big guy, Hector, didn't really fit the equipment and everything went downhill for him real quick because there was just no logic in doing all that weird stuff. All he wanted to do was lay down and be a stump. :)

After a bit everyone gave up trying to encourage him and had a good laugh. He looked insulted. :) It pretty literally like trying to walk a donkey through an obstacle course. HEE HAW! LOL Oh well :)

3:13 AM  
Blogger carina said...

Wow....Hector was a beautiful BIG boy. Loved your description of the agility course!
It takes a bit for dogs to get used to a number of things...jumps and tunnels fun and easy for most dogs, but the other obstacles take practice practice practice. And, once learned, it's a whole 'nother thing for the dog to do them at high speed, correctly and accurately when running the course!
I've been doing it 2 years now with Cooper and we still make TONS of mistakes. Well, the mistakes are primarily mine...great teams make it looks a whole lot easier than it really is.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

How fun for the doggies. My grandpuppy could use training, maybe too young for agility but sure needs *good girl* training.

Depending on her job schedule, daughter takes puppy to PetSmart to spend the day. We're a little concerned since *girl* puppy is humping everything she can get her little body on... verrrry weird!

Don't know if obedience training would help that or not.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous jan said...

What a cute dog. Kiki looks like just fun to be around (as long as the hot dogs hold out). Enjoyed the pictures too. I really envy the photography skills.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

Karen - your daughter works at the Miller Rd Petsmart? A good friend is a trainer for the one in Utica...
Girl doggies humping (or even lifting their legs) isn't that uncommon....she's just being a bossy bitch. :) Little puppies do it as a way to figure out how to interact with their worlds, too.

Jan - luckily someone else in class was a very good photographer who knew his way around cameras, so I handed him mine and he kindly took photos. All I was getting were blurs.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

OOPS! Nope, daughter doesn't work at Petsmart, just boards puppy there on days when her job takes her out of town.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Sam Tsang said...

that is so much fun! Do you have any tips that you would like to share with the rest of the corgi owners? join us at www.mycorgi.com!

3:42 PM  

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