Monday, December 30, 2013

Barn Hunt Videos

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2013.12.29 Trial in GA  Otter’s 1st Champion leg (English Cocker)

2013.12.28 Trial in GA 
Master – Otter – English Cocker (5th MASTER leg)
Master – Lexi – Weimaraner (2nd leg)
2013.12.14-15 Trial at the Sheboygan Dog Training Club
Master – Jake – GSD (2nd leg) time 2:49
Master – Jake – GSD (1st leg) time 3:18
Master – Jake – GSD
Master – Jake – GSD (run starts at 50 sec. 1st tube at 56 sec)
Master – Otter – English cocker
Master – Lexi – Weimaraner (1st leg)
Open – Vodka – Malinois
2013.12.01 Jake Training for Master

2013.10.26-27 Trial in Cascade, WI
Master – Nosi – Icelandic Sheepdog
Master – Nosi – Icelandic Sheepdog
Senior – Bean – Westie
Senior – Jake – GSD (3rd leg) time 1:29
Senior – Jake – GSD (2nd leg) time 1:59
Senior – Sniper – Standard poodle
Open – Vodka – Malinois (1st leg)
Novice – Vodka – Malinois
Open – Powerball – Am Staff
Open – Great Dane
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Jake relaxing in his very own barn after practically
standing on his head to get a tube with a chicken back in it!
Who needs rats when chicken will do??

Friday, December 20, 2013

What to do when there is no Barn Hunt?? …Treibball!!

Jake and I needed to learn something new.  The next Barn Hunt we plan to do is 3 months away and it’s a long winter so we are taking Treibball lessons!  OMG!  Challenging – YES!  However, it’s going to be fun learning the skills necessary for the sport! 


Treibball is a positive-Reinforcement, competitive dog sport which originated in Germany and entered sanctioned competition in 2008. The dog must gather and drive large exercise balls into a soccer goal.

Eight balls of approximately 45–75 cm are set in a triangle formation, similar to billiards, with the point ball farthest from the goal. The object of the game is to get all eight balls into a confined space the size of a soccer goal within a set time period, usually about 15 minutes. The handler may not move outside of an area that contains the left half of and several feet beyond the goal area. The dog works in close cooperation with the handler, who is only allowed to use whistles, verbal or hand signals to direct his dog. No verbal or physical corrections are used in Treibball. The dog and handler must communicate effectively to herd one ball at a time into the goal, in fifteen minutes time. The dog and handler team are scored on cooperation and direction, within that fifteen minute time limit,and can earn extra points or accrue demerits accordingly.

The balls have been referred to as "rolling sheep" in recognition that this sport stems from herding for dogs who do not have access to regular sheep.




Sunday, December 15, 2013

When we learn the most…

I’ve always said and truly believed that when I enter a dog trial and NQ (aka FAIL, NOT PASS, BLOW IT), is when I learn the most and identify the holes in my training with that dog!   I knew I had a problem with Jake pulling me to the start line from the blind and in the last few months did some “obedience for a bite” training with Terence hoping it would transfer to “obedience for a rat” so he would not try to pull me into the ring.

Take note:  Small dogs dragging their owners into the ring is cute people think…  “oh look at all the drive” spectators say…  “he really likes this!”  

Jake is not a a 20 pound dog, or even 30 or 40 pounds.  He is 80 pounds and clearly stronger than I am.  So today, as we approach the ring, I try to hold him close to me but he’s pulling and I give the leash a little slack which Jake apparently took to meant “lunge forward” so he did dragging me to the start line…  on the ground!  No, I wasn’t hurt, but, clearly, it took me by surprise!

I wrote this on Facebook:

Day 1 - lol... well let's say, it was another learning experience! Good news is that we did get our first MASTER leg this afternoon and he did walk nicely to the ring instead of pulling and then jerking me to the ground like he did in the morning!! (we had a discussion about that between trials!) And since he decided to poo in the ring in the morning trial, he was cleaned out in the afternoon so I didn't have to worry about that happening again! In the second run he found 2 rats in under a minute and then I spent 2 minutes wondering if there were more!! There weren't! It was fun!

Day 2 – Master leg #2 in the morning…good job Jake!!!  ….in the afternoon.. oh no..  ..more poo…  how can that be with the small amount of food I gave him…  well I yet again learned a new term … I need to “match” my dog before the trials..  THAT will be interesting!  Google it!

Overall -  I can’t complain!
2 legs in MASTER!!  2 BLUE ribbons!! 
Really..  that is a good weekend!

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Look at the tail!  A hunter at 3 months!
No wonder he likes Barn Hunt!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Practice runs for MASTER!! :)

We went to Sheboygan to train at the Sheboygan Dog Training Club where the next trial is going to be held and did 3 Master runs which are included in this video.  After that we stopped at Gail’s on the way home and did 3 more runs.  Overall, he passed them all with 2 – 4 min. runs and 4 – 3 minute runs..  approximately.  Woohoo!! 

00:07 - Run #1 starts
00:30 – Rat #1 found and he releases it nicely
00:58 – Rat #2 found and again he releases it nicely
01:21 – Started tunnel but came back – it was a U and he hadn’t seen it before
01:41 – Rat #3 found – harder to get it from him
02:13 – Tunnel --- note to self…  don’t touch dog!
02:25 – Started sweep
04:02 – All done – 3 rats!  (3 min. 55 sec.)

04:08 – Run #2 starts
04:28 – Rat #1 found and he doesn’t want to release it
05:02 – Tunnel
05:11 – Started sweep
06:39 – Started to go under fence to get rats outside of ring
07:11 – All done – 1 rat!  (3 min. 3 sec.)

07:18 – Run #3 starts
07:28 – Rat #1 found – it’s getting harder to get it from him
07:42 – Rat #2 found – and harder and harder….
08:34 – Rat #3 found – we’re having a discussion about whose rat it is
09:12 – Started sweep
09:19 – Rat #4 found – ok.. we need to talk again about possession of the rodent
09:45 – Right about now I was trying to figure out how many rats he had found!
10:53 – All done – 4 rats!  (3 min. 35 sec.)