Dot Lure Coursing in Hollister

Dot Lure Coursing in Hollister

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sometime in May and Last Night

I worked Dot a couple of times I forgot to note. One one track that Dino did with Rocki's scent, I ran Dot on a section of the same track after running Dino. I gave her the scent in a plastic bag with a few pieces of kibble. Then I set up three more scented targets along the short track. She was very focused on the track the whole time and found each target.

Just last night, after doing a cat search in Alameda, I drove to a nearby business park and walked Dino on a short track. I came back about an hour and a half later and set the targets about 10 feet into the start, and then at a left turn and then at the end. I gave her the scent in a plastic bag with kibble near the start. She got the track all along and even picked up the left turn on her own and followed it to the end. This was the first track I did with just the targets and adding a turn. I will practice more of those turns.

Soquel, May 17, 2009

Coastal Dog Owners Group and Living With Dogs had their big Spring Dog Festival. This was the first time I had attended. I had just heard about it about three weeks prior. I came back a day early from vacation to attend this.

Dot ran several times in the Terrier races. She did great and was very fast. At the end, sometimes she tends to jump out of the course over the fence. We had some talks and by the last couple of races she was going through the hole in the cushion.

I also ran her through the lure coursing both by herself and with Dino. She ran very fast. By the end of the day, she still wanted to keep racing.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

May 1, 2009 - Dublin

After running Dino on a case in Dublin, I took Dot to a nearby park to put out some tracks for her. I walked around the park to see what it looked like, and it was pretty big. I decided to set two types of tracks for her. I set the first one with Scout and treats over various surfaces up stairs, over a fountain, up a little wall, through a playground and then back out to a large grassy area and up to the end of the grassy area near the fence. I wanted this one to age a bit.

I then went and set another track with Scout where I had a scent article with treats at one end and a scent article and treats at the other with nothing in the middle. I just walked Scout from one article to the next on a grassy area. The distance was about 25 feet up a small hump. I ran Dot on this track. She was following the track really well, and when she went off to the side to check out the scent, she came back and was following it up to the top and over the hump to the scent article. I was impressed that she was so focused on the track.

On the longer track she was very focused. It looked like part of the track in the playground had been eaten by another dog I saw walking in that area, but Dot was still following the scent. I told her to "check" the areas and then she picked up the treats around the corner and followed it all the way out to the grassy area and up the hill to the tree near the fence.

I did something a little extra that I used to do with Dino. I walked Dot back along the track that I walked Scout back to the car so she could pick up the scent was still there. I could tell she was still following the scent on her own. When we got back to the car, I gave her more treats for following the trail.

I am doing this part different with Dot than with Dino. I am doing both types of tracks with Dot simultaneously, compared to Dino I did first the tracking with the treats and then I transferred him to the track without the treats. This should help me to move things along a bit faster with Dot.