Putting aside the unfortunate accident happened at the National Dog Walk 2011, I would like to share the joyful side of the event day along with my family and friends and also extend my thank you to them once again for their support as well as looking out for lele.
21st August at East Coast Park was an extreme hot day. Me and many others fellow agility and SKC members volunteered for the event. Despite the heat, we had fun and the events went smoothly. I was helping out in the agility open championship having a chance to watch the intensity of the trials as well as participating in lele’s first fun agility trial. Overall, the experience is satisfying.
Lele did not perform during the trial which I thought she will. She sort of stressed out minutes before entering the ring and was totally not interested in any treats when we are in it. It is however her first attempt, I believe she may have feel my tension since it is also my first. Well, she manage to do a couple of jumps and walked the dog walk and A-frame. I’m delighted as I believe she did her best. Nothing is more important than seeing her having fun which I look forward to achieve when we are ready for our first official trial.
Check out some of the photos highlight of Lele and her pawpals supporters taken by CS under the scorching heat. He is so into photography especially with dogs nowadays. Adore his enthusiastic and passion. Thanks Pappi!!!
Lele jumps over the first bar!!!
Lele enjoying the view on the dog walk!!!
Lele decided it’s more fun sniffing the ground rather than jumping over the tyre. That’s my gal!!!
Sophisticated and gorgeous sister Piper!!!
Always adorable and mischievous boy, Marni.
Big and gentle brother, Junior.
Diva Misha, love those eye-liner!!!
Sweet and loving, Margie aka little M.
Agility talent, Super Nova!!!
Today CS and I went shopping at IKEA and came across this adorable lele look-alike, a plush toy BEAGLE!!! So without much hesitation with a price tag of $14.90, we decide to add it onto our “little spoilt doggie” collection of toys. When we got home, lele reacts overly excited when presented her gift. She did her chewing, throws, intense head shakes until her newly owned 15min plush toy becomes slimy and wet with her saliva. hehe… Luckily it survive intact and now dozing off with her plush toy, named xiao le together in her bed. I suppose it will not last long for her enthusiasm since it does not comes along with a squeaky.
“Mummi say we look-alike, but I am prettier!!!”
“Let’s go to the bed and play!!!… Woof, what big ears you have!!!”
Direct Youtube Link : Le Le the beagle and her plush beagle
Special thanks to Janna (http://enjoyyourdog.wordpress.com) who has shown me what is engagement training. Thank you Janna once again for providing your blog link. I’ve learned a lot and see a different side when it comes towards le le training. Engagement training is all about fun and enjoying the interaction with our dog. I always have a good laugh with lele every time she tried assuming and perform something in order to get rewarded.
I admitted being a first time dog-owner and brought up by such an “efficient” country, I can be very result oriented, tend to look for end behavior rather than process. And when I have a behavior target to achieve, it can get frustrated when lele is unable to meet my expectations. It is Janna’s blog that enlightens me and allow me to understand how to make training enjoyable, fun and filled with laughter.
There are a few quotes in her post I constantly remind myself and loves to share with everyone.
♥ It is always a two way street- not only does the value of the food stick on the training but the value of training sticks on food too
♥ Training with treats try to make the delivery more interesting- make the treat run! Incourage the dog to chase the treat a few steps. Be animated and be happy. Do NOT get frustrated- your dog WILL know!
♥ Do NOT give up! It might be frustrating and you might feel silly squealing and jumping around to get your dog to play while he is giving you the Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta but persist. And once you get it try to err to the side of caution and end the session before the dog loses interest. Praise, praise, praise until you are blue in the face- blue is one colour dogs do see so you will get some colour in your face through their eyes as well
I enjoy training lele, it is those priceless moment in lele’s enthusiastic when we had fun together. Here’s a vid I made today. Have fun watching. Cheers!