May 6, 2011

Grace learns to weave

At the end of our obedience classes we sometimes learn a "Fun" trick/behavior. Last week it was weaving between legs. Grace got it right away and is doing very well. I am slowing adding more weaving and trying to ween off luring her around. But for only the 3rd time practicing she is doing awesome!

The more I talk with the instructors, the more I think about it, and the more I watch Grace learn, I think Grace would make a good Rally dog. She just really seems to like it. Last week one of my teachers said she would LOVE to see Grace do competition. I told her I've been thinking about it a lot and for now we are just going to keep coming to class and see where we go from there!
As I work with Riley and Grace, I can see their huge differences in personality! 

With Grace, she is very attentive and quiet. Sitting and staring at me, she waits for me to tell her what to do. Then when she does what I ask, it is in a very polite, lady like way :)

Riley on the other hand, not so much. He is very much my spastic agility dog, very quick and trying to think ahead. Before I even had a chance to tell him what I wanted, he was pulling all the stops LOL! Sit, Down, Spin, Down, etc. Then when he did do the weave it was very AHHHHHHH... Must... fast..... as I can! AHHHHH!

Such silly pups.

On a very different note, today was the first day I saw birds on my bird feeder! We put it out about a week ago and haven't seen anything, nothing, nada, zip. It is a much different story today! From what I've seen so far we've had 15+ House Sparrow, male and female Cardinals, a few Starlings, a Red-winged Blackbird, a couple Brown-headed Crowbirds, and a variety of Doves (Mourning, White-winged, and the Eurasian Collared Dove)! To think I was worried the birds wouldn't be able to find my feeder LOL!

Here are some pictures of some of the birds. (Sorry about the quality, I was taking them through the window blinds and screen.)

The male Cardinal and Sparrows

The Eurasian Collared-Doves

The Dove on the far right is the White-winged Dove

The feeder attracting all these birds!

Some Starlings

The Red-winged Blackbird


  1. wow you have lots of different birds. Thats cool.

  2. It looks like Grace is getting the hang of the leg weaving - and she's adorable doing it, too! I bet she'd make a great obedience dog.

    It's always interesting to see how dogs differ when they're training. Lola and Jess are different, and even Lola's brother is a lot calmer than her - she's like Riley, a little crazy and over-excited.

  3. I call the coming through the legs from behind trick, "peekaboo." I expanded it to having Secret stand on my feet and then started having her stay on my feet while I walked.

    It's actually her favorite thing to do while we wait our turn at agility trials. She stands on my feet and barks at me. lol It keeps her mind from stressing at all the commotion around us.