Introduce yourself and your dogs! forum: Our dogs and our sports

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ImageDea
Feb 13, 2010 10:12 AM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
Great cubit Smiling

You can see by my avatar that we truly enjoy our 2 GSD's, Thing 1 Scout is the female and Thing 2, Cap the male. We love all different forms of dog sports !

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ImageDea
Feb 13, 2010 10:14 AM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
Agility is so much fun and keeps the dogs very happy - they love doing agility !

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Feb 13, 2010 10:23 AM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
And we love doing protection training; it is an amazing sport and we are active with the PSA. Here's a snap of Cap standing in front of a blind holding the "bad" guy at bay with nothing more than a controlled bark.

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Feb 13, 2010 10:26 AM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
Let me know if you want to see more....I get a little obsessive on dog training since it's so much fun but don't want to bore anyone Sticking tongue out

ImageWindigo
Feb 13, 2010 10:37 AM CST
Name: Deb
Welcome Dea!!

My daughter wanted to try agility with Willow, but never followed through.

Whenever I've seen agility, it looks like the dogs are having as good a time as the owners..

How did you get involved with the protection training? Is it just for fun, or are your dogs "working dogs", too.

I could look at dog pictures all day!! Post away!!

Deb
ImageDea
Feb 13, 2010 11:01 AM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
We live about 1/8 mile off a major interstate. We're self employed and our hours are so varied even though we live very close. In our line of work, one of us has to be at the office quite late a couple nights a month and that's usually Hubby. We've had people get off the interstate and come right to the door - too many times - and many of them not good occurrences.

It just got us thinking and everything else fell into place. We've learned so, so much - things like teaching dogs when it is appropriate to bite. Yes, it's true. Many dogs will just bite or nip out of fear or lack of confidence. When they learn to do so at an appropriate time and it's super fun, it makes for a very clear-headed dog.

As with all things dog training related, Obedience training is something we do every single day - even if only for 15 minutes. Here's a vid of me and Cap from last spring -- we were practicing actual commands from an obedience judge - he did much better than I did. Everything had to be done under distraction with boards flying and other dogs all over the place.

http://vimeo.com/5271125


We've been working on tracking training now for about a year and it is also fun, but very time consuming!

ImageGardenwife
Feb 13, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Kimberley
Central Ohio
Great forum! :) Our girls need jobs, but don't have them. They are lazybones. Stella shows the most promise out of the three, but neither Howie nor I are good about being consistent with her training.
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My blog: Gardenwife's Plot
ImageWindigo
Feb 13, 2010 2:08 PM CST
Name: Deb
That's pretty neat. I can't imagine doing obedience work with distractions like a flying board.

I tried Rally obedience with Willow, but the hours of the class, just didn't work out for me. I need to be up by 4:30am, and classes that ran until after 10 at night were too much. The only part of the class she enjoyed was the constant stream of treats I gave to try and keep her attention!

mermaid
Feb 18, 2010 7:42 PM CST
Dea, can you give a few examples of what you train your dogs as an "appropriate time to bite"?
ImageDea
Feb 19, 2010 6:58 AM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
When I give the command - and that's the ONLY time. I'll put up some photos later that will show a fun sequence.
mermaid
Feb 19, 2010 11:58 AM CST
Dea, thank you for clarifying that. I've only had my dog bite someone once - he bit the man that was trying to mug me during a visit to Los Angeles! I consider that self defence via companion animal. I'm thankful that my otherwise goofy retriever interpreted my panic and shriek as a command to stop my assailant.
ImageDea
Feb 19, 2010 12:38 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
They can "smell" our fear and panic - way to go mermaid's doggie !!!!
ImageWindigo
Feb 19, 2010 2:56 PM CST
Name: Deb
That's great that he knew how to respond when needed!

ImageMikeJ
Aug 31, 2010 11:32 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR

Hi all, I was browsing around (I'm usually over in the glass, clay and photography cubits) and ran across this area and this thread. I know it's been a number of months since it was posted, but I thought I'd make a comment or two on it.

Teaching a dog to bite isn't really that hard. Unfortunately, a lot of people think it would be neat to have a dog that would "protect" them, and only teach them the bite part and not the rest that goes with it. In fact, there is a lot of obediance work that needs to be taught before a dog is taught to protect. Think of what would happen if you were taught to drive by learning to start the car, put it into gear and push the gas peddle and then turned lose without being taught how to use the brake. It's kind of the same way with a dog. If you don't teach him to listen to your commands AND obey them, he or she could be turned into a very dangerous animal under the right (or wrong) conditions. Not only should the dog be able to follow commands to protect you, but they should also be able to be called off, even if already committed. I've seen some very well trained Shutzen dogs that had already been sent after a "bad guy" and able to be called off within feet of taking them down from half way across a large field. I've also seen people doing Ring Sport with dogs that were only half trained and the suited decoy having to call the session off because the dog was too dangerous in the ring because of lack of control.

We don't do Shutzen or ring sport with our dogs, although we know a number of people that do and I've done a number of photography sessions taking pictures during testing and training. We have Bouviers and our line are service dogs, so are trained a bit different than a Shutzen dog would be... although they are well capable (and willing) to protect if need be. They just do it with a bit more faness than a lot of dogs would.

Here is one that was very well trained... he was sent after the running "bad guy" from a distance and called off just as he was about to jump the guy. He ended up in this position with both him and the decoy staring at each other. I don't think I would have wanted to be the bad guy if this was for real. Hilarious!

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ImageMikeJ
Aug 31, 2010 11:37 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
The following are not our dogs, although they are the breed we have, Bouvier des Flandres. Although very enthusiastic, they were not as well trained (hence the harnesses on them) as the dog above.

http://www.sitnprettyphoto.com/display/ring0753.jpg

http://www.sitnprettyphoto.com/display/ring0764.jpg

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stuffedanimals
Jan 21, 2015 9:04 PM CST
Sometimes I can see dogs playing the exercise equipment and they seem to enjoy it. Actually, I think dogs are more active than people. They can do exercise together with the owners which is great!

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