Monday, February 27, 2012

Don't tell the Princess...

Well, I kinda forgot about posting the results and news from AMP's last trial...on here :/

I don't think she noticed so I'll just slip this in :)

Since it seems like forever ago I will just say what I can recall!

What I know for certain is that AMP ROCKED!!!!! She was a total genius and had her "big girl britches" on :D Going into a trial with her right now is always an unknown. She's a baby and of course things are going to go up and then going to fall back down- I am okay with this. I enjoy any run we have together.

Yea I am the shit ;)

Saturday ended with a Q in: Steeplechase, starters standard, Starters Pairs, Starters Snooker (SS title), and a Advanced Jumpers (my favorite run)!! I couldn't believe the amazing things she was doing during her runs. I was almost sending her off course as I was busy standing there in awe of her :) Distance as always is going to be our challenge. Truly, I LOVE it that way :) After working with a dog that coming into me is like pulling teeth I enjoy this new challenge.

Challenge is just what AMP likes :)

She is getting better about the distance and I know as time goes on we will have a nice balance :)

It makes me feel kind warm and fuzzy inside knowing that she has one Q towards nationals down AND is able to at least have fun at Regional (both of them)! Sitting in kennels is zero fun!
Being in a kennel is basically jail...

Sunday it just kept getting better!

We came out of the day with Qs in: Starters Standard (one more to be in all Advanced), Advanced Snooker, Starters gamblers (see it's starting to come), and 6th place in Rd2 Steeplechase! Like holy smokes the girls second trial running steeplechase and she makes round 2 and ends up 6th place with a bar even :O How could I not enjoy running this roller coaster of a girl?! I am simply amazed with her :)

My plan is to go the "short route" with her and once she gets all the standard Qs and then aQ in each game I will move her up :) I believe she can handle it without a problem and I don't enjoy nor think it's super fair for the dogs to run them in two different rings. I can't get ooberly focused with both it seems like! Jinx gets the raw end since right now the baby dog takes most of my focus. I'm working on balancing myself ;)

AMP did show though that we need to go back to startline practice world. Oh joy! She was very pushy at the start for most the runs, so I just need to keep reinforcing it and practicing it in high energy environments- we all know AMP is easy to do just that, get AMP'D ;)

See? "You taking a picture of me? Like, ZOMG that's so awesome!" AMP'D always AMP'D

Along with startlines is the world of jumping! Weeeeeee! Everyone I ask says that it's just confidence which I believe them, but it is annoying me. Yay go obsessive personality ;P SO, I will just work on her gaining confidence about jumping no matter where I am. It seems to be the biggest problem when I am sending her or racing far ahead. She isn't being slow or anything she's just putting in more strides than she needs and thinking really hard right now about- we need to get it to be more effortless. No problem we will get 'er down :)

Next to work on is A-frame. Apparently when she goes down the A-frame she is jamming to the cupid shuffle song :/ Like the song, but not a huge fan of it while she is shuffling down the A-frame. Bless her heart she does fast, but just coming over and getting where you need to be is so much more efficient :) I couldn't put my finger on what it was, but after our lesson with J-Hoye it is definitely stemming from her performance over the apex. We need to fly over the apex (she will show you how it looks in the video) and that then leads to awesome-ness the rest of the way down. I am still toying with the idea of training the box method running A-frame this summer to her since that is to her strengths anyway! We'll see.

I ain't flying now apex I am sleeping-sorta!

Besides the video that's all I got! Next trial is, cross your fingers, the end of March for 3 days! Pleaseeeeee Pleaseeeeee Pleaseeeeee let me get in! Otherwise I might cry and we don't wanna see that :/

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"A" game!

Sometimes AMP just surprises me. In a good way!

There are times when she does things that I am just totally like "How the hell did you know how to do that?".

I will admit I have sort of been hitting a rut in AMP's training :/ Dang. I train her, but I keep doing the same things I *know* she can do or have already taught her. Why am I wasting my time on that? What a good question.

I decided it was list making time. SO, I first started with a list of skillz I felt that were needed to get through an agility course and be successful and competitive. This means no "jerky" handling "COME! Fido! OUT! Fido NO Fido NO HEEEERRRREEEEE!!!!!!!!!" you know those people- not one of them. This also includes efficient turns and nice and reliable contacts/weaves to name a few items.

Then I made a "sub" list of that for of what AMP herself needs more work on ( by self I mean we as a team). After making that list I realized that when going to training and not being able to think of a darn thing I need to work on I was really wasting time.

There are SOO many things I should be working on with her. Not because she is bad or can't do it, it's her performance of it that might not be up to "A" game status. Which I don't expect it to be if I don't actually work on it and train it :)

Good thing is now we have many things we can set-up and work on to keep us busy, busy, busy!!

Yesterday at our lesson she proved that she is a genius though and even if my lack of training is bad she still manages to figure things out. I was truly shocked when at our lesson I did a rear cross in the weave poles 3 times and each one she nailed!!!!


What a smart girl :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Worth a thousand words

AMP has one of those expressions.

You see a picture and you can just see what's going on in her little melon :) I am happy she can't talk because boy I can only imagine!

Hmm.. I wonder where she gets it?

Father like Daughter :)
Are you ready!?
I'm a gunna spit on you!!

Only one more weekend of nothing and then we get to trial again!! WOO HOO :) And it's extra special because AMP won't get to train before it!! YAY!

I'm ready!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Somethings done and gone...literally ;)

Schnoodle survived her "big" day and I am still standing as well :)

Double plus...Whew!

Turns out she was able to get tooth pulled, Hip X-rays done, and Spayed! Ok, so I know it seems like a lot, but I think it beats having to put her under two times within a couple weeks to get spayed.

She is doing very good afterwards too, possibly, too well. She came home yesterday and was a little out of it at first, it didn't take long. Not 5 minutes after being home she was already barking in her kennel and ok with jumping around ( of course I didn't let the jumping around happen ).

Crazy enough-- vet's don't read blog posts, so therefore they missed a very informative last post about AMP-- They didn't send a cone home :o yeeeeee-aahhhhh! I kinda wanted to say " are you sure? Like REALLY sure?" They included the assuring disclaimer that I could come back to get one if needed. Thanks at least I know when I come back they won't be totally surprised.

Much to my surprise though she is doing GREAT! She doesn't bother them at all and they look super :) GOOOOOOO little evil dog! It did come back to me in my time of astonishment that she wasn't ever one to be bothered by things on her or sewn in her? I guess.... Like that time when I wanted to teach her a trick and that came to an end when she didn't even notice the tape on her nose, yea not bothered.

I am hoping this holds up through the itchy healing stage too :) Good thoughts please!

Vet believes she will have good or excellent hips! YIPPEY :) Not that I ever really doubted her hips being good, but still a nice re-assurance that they will probably be confirmed so :)

As far as the one less tooth-- Really it'll just be one less tooth that is able to grab my arm, leg, or any other appendage when tugging or mad that she didn't get a weave entry, or ect ect.... Sorry you had to go the hard way tooth, but your one that won't be missed!

And as I was thinking that possibly with her being no longer a 'real women' she would lose a slight bit of her bitchy side she clearly proved today that I am not gunna get of quite that easy! *sigh* oh well I guess once a bitch always a bitch. Besides I would hate to have to make a new harness label for her ;)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gotch ya!

AMP lives a double life ( just bare with me here )

There is the life of the nice, sweet, and happy AMP :) Yay! It's all rainbow, butterflies, and sunshine. She is like the teacher's pet and the honor student that parents put those, lame, stickers on the back of their cars gloating about how smart their honor student is and what ivy league collegeS they recently got accepted into. *eye roll* BTW those kids are the reason teachers frowned on me..thanks..the not so smart kid.

And then we have the other AMP. This is the one that always is getting into some sort of trouble or doing something that really could possibly be life threatening. Honestly, Her name should have been dare devil, or *cough* *cough* devil *cough* you didn't hear that from me though! On the plus side AMP is up there with the perfect name for her.

While at a show she often is sweet and ropes you in with her puppy dog eyes she brings out, her tail wags, and that oh so inviting sit wagging her tail and stare at you until you just can't resist coming to pet her-- yep ya all it is a complete hoax.... Hmmm Hoax possibly a good dog name... anyway, sureeeeeeeee she loves you all, but really it is just to get you fooled into thinking that she couldn't do anything wrong, gaining your trust until the exact moment when she can turn it against you. She'd be great on NCIS- I might sign her up so she can start working to earn money for her endless amount of injuries she is sure to have in her on the edge life.

People often wonder why I call her the "Beotch" and " naughy Panda" well because she is precisely just that.

new true statement AMP label

I even made a label for her harness so that everyone can be pre-warned before getting into her trans of so called "nice" ;)

Case in point would be like yesterday.

I am training dogs in the basement and it's Jinx's turn. AMP as normal is barking up a storm in her kennel because why should anyone else have a turn besides her?! This is nothing unusual of course. Then all of a sudden she starts squealing and going frantic. I look over in a panic and she has her mouth caught in her wire kennel because she once again ( this is round #2 for this ) was biting at her kennel and her mouth got stuck. Then stupid me starts yelling at her to stop freaking out which probably make it worse ( damn reactions ). Finally she gets her mouth out and I put Cat away and take her out to give her a bath and check her mouth ( don't ask why a bath ) and she shootin' she cracked a bottom right side tooth right in half!

F#(#$(%%_#_)#%$( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I call the vet which I just called about an hour before to re-schedule her spay appointment. She knew who it was right away. I explained she broke her tooth, so bright and early this AM I brought her in to get it most likely removed. I am sure the vet was thinking what in GoD's name do you let your dogs do. Really I do nothing I just own AMP- it's that simple.

So now she sits at the vet to hopefully be able to get spayed, hip x-rayed, and tooth removed. That should be a well learned lesson. I am sure when she comes home, actually I HOPE when she comes home, she will be a cuddly puddle and not an insane animal. Gosh please just be a little calm. Most importantly I am scared to see my battle scares after she has to wear that cone :/ Good bye back of legs, face, and arms, and anything else within reach.

SO there you have it the AMP you all think is sweet and innocent is not so much. I am sure great after vet visit posts will be soon to come.

Now I leave you with a face to remember forever. When you see that sweet face on her this image will always be in the back of your mind ;p