Archives for June 2020

Field Class

Field class has restarted. We need to be careful about bringing COVID-19 to Huib’s work, so we do one-on-one training.

Last week we only worked with Arizona. We did a couple training doubles on land and in the water, as well as some casting (directing her). So far Ari is only working on the forward (aka ‘back’) direction. Ari did well with the land doubles, only needing a bit of encouragement to go get the second bumper or duck, but in the water she struggled more with the second.

This week we had a chance to work with both girls.

Arizona did some training doubles on land and in the water. Like last week, she did better on land than in the water. She has also started to break (go before I cue her to do so), but we will work on that separately.

Susie feels she is taking advantage of me, so I am wondering if it might be better for Huib to work with her from now on. He will be able to see when she is looking towards her second bumper or duck, and will be able to send her at the right time. Maybe it’s mostly my lack of timing. Who knows.

With Kiana, we worked on singles. We need to fix some of her work. We need to work on walking to the line calmly, not breaking, and on coming straight to me – especially in the water. We had a long line on her, but we had to let go when she went for the bumper, so she still had an opportunity to self-reward. She thinks it’s fun to play with the bumper or bird in the water, instead of bringing it to me.

Even though we have work to do, I absolutely love her enthusiasm and drive!!!

I like that I can ask her to re-do something, and she doesn’t fall apart. I like that I can stop her mid-movement and re-send her without her falling apart. Ari is such a sensitive girl.

So Kiana can no longer self-reward, I think we are going to attach our second long line to the other one. It will then be 70 feet, so I won’t have to let it go.

Wish us luck. 🙂

Chickens

I don’t have too much new to report about the dogs. I started a RebelFire Goldens Facebook page for puppy families, friends and families on the waiting list to share stories and see pictures.

About two weeks ago we got chickens. We got two silky crosses, an Ameraucana 4 olive easter eggers, and 4 barred rocks. One of the silky crosses ended up being a rooster, so he found a new home last week. Yesterday we found out that at least one of the olive Easter eggers is a male, so he’s in search of a new home. We suspect one more of the olives is a boy, so he’ll be moving on as well. In Guelph we are allowed 10 birds and none of them can be roosters. Once the roosters find new homes, we’ll be down to eight hens. We bought them for fresh eggs, and to raise.

Their coop is a little red and white barn, and their run is fully enclosed. We used two Xpens to build it. Huib also put up a 5.5 foot black metal fence to keep the dogs back.

For enrichment, we put in a landscaping rock and a wood thing they can climb on and perch. Huib is also going to make them a swinging perch, and a chicknic table. There are food dispensing toys you can buy chickens, but we’ll wait a bit on those. On warm days, we put frozen fruit kabobs in the run. We can also make ice cubes with corn or peas inside, or hang a cabbage for them to peck at and peel. It’s so neat to see all the things you can do for your chickens.

I joined a clicker training chickens group on Facebook. I’m not sure how much I’ll teach the ladies, but even having them come to their names would be cool. We named them after Disney characters.

Elsa is a silky cross. Arial is an Ameraucana. Queenie (aka Queen of Hearts) is an olive, and Maleficent is also an olive. We haven’t named the barred rocks yet, as they are too small to see any differences.

If you follow me on Instagram (@ruledbypaws), you can see pictures of the ladies. If you do follow us, let me know, so I can follow you back.