Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Starving for Supper



Keeping Aunt Gracie Company

Doggy Nanny and Grandpa had to go out of town and Miss Gracie was all alone.  She called and asked if could come over to play. 

We may or may not have exceeded the speed limit to get here on the double.

Now what ever shall we do?!?!??!

Is that Sammy?
 I think it is!

Come on efurryone!  Lets bork!

Alright he left.

Crisis averted.

Lets Play


Time for rest now.

Agreed.


Smooches,
Lucy, Poppy and Gracie

Monday, November 18, 2019

Car Battle Cries

Whenever we arrive home and once the car is in park I begin my battle cry.  Momma is painfully slow at getting out of the car.  She has to get her purse, cup, phone, lunch bag (if applicable) and leash us up.  It takes approximately 64 dog years to do all of this and so I cry to speed her up.  She put a hidden camera in the car to catch me in the act.  Sneaky momma!




Smooches,
Lucy

Fall Air

Its been warm, then cool, then cold.


The winds have been blowing in cold fronts every other day.

Now it seems fall is officially here with temps have been steady in the 50-60's.  Its quite refreshing!

Smooches,
Lucy

Sunday, November 17, 2019

OTCWF Intermediate Scent Work - Week 3

Week three we have arrived.

I pawed through my bag to get my harness and trusty leather leash.

Once inside I played greeter.  Hi Martha, Hi Kelly!!!!!!!

Hi Cooper!

We got started with working scents in fabric.  My trainer explained that fabrics hold scents differently (absorbing instead of letting scent escape) than other objects we have been working with.  She burritto-ed a scent vessel in a small wash cloth for us to try.  (at first burritio-ing it close to the end then moving it further in the middle for later searches)

We then had the scent vessel hidden in a jacket pocket, lunch box with mesh panels (as well as adding elevation on it as well) and finally in a cloth reusable shopping bag hung from the ring gate.  She also suggested we can put it in pant pockets or in a laundry basket at home.  I love digging through the laundry basket.  BOL

We then moved to handler discrimination.  I got my own pawsonalized box to "hide" mommas glove in.  We decided to name hd searches simply "glove".  Instead of saying "search" when we are working momma will say "glove" to indicate we are searching for the glove instead of oil. 

We began with one open top box containing the glove. We walked up momma said "Lucy, Glove".  I poked my head in the box sniffed the glove and got my treat.  Then we added a second open top box that contained nothing.  Again walked up, "Lucy, Glove", I looked in both boxes, sniffed the glove and received my treat. (remember to reward close to source) To finish HD off the trainer switched the boxes around.  I went again, sniffed both boxes, then glove and was treated.  I like this one.

Lastly we went over but didn't get practice adding distractions.  Martha said our pawrents should put the distraction near the scent to start, keep it in a box/cage/container with a mesh covering so we can't self reward if the distraction is too hard to resist.  This way if we false alert on the distraction we will learn that distractions do not pay only scents get rewarded.

One question momma had for Martha this week was if at trial she could ask me to "show" what I was alerting to if I was unclear or she couldn't read me.  Martha said we could use it sparingly in the ring but has to be before we call alert.  Time stops when we call alert and we are finished.  10-4!


As we were searching Martha said that now when we are practicing (at home or in class) we need to be implementing the verbal calling of Alert.  She said during the last trial she ran out the timer because she forgot to call alert.  Prince (her dog) still Q'ed but if she had called earlier he would have placed.  She said one of her students went as far as to write ALERT on her shoe as a reminder.  I love that idea! 

Sniffs,
Lucy


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Post Birthday Pawty Chew-a-Thon

After cake I dove right into my present. 

Gotta find just the right one.

Yep thats the one!

I'll just take this....

What? More pictures?  Momma I ready to chew.  It's my pawty and Ill chew if I want too!

Ahh!  A fresh bully stick.  Nothing tastes better!









*Three hours later*


Smooches,
Lucy

Friday, November 15, 2019

Lucy's 3rd Birthday

Today Lucy you turn 3 years old. Where has the time gone!  I wish you the happiest of days!

-Katie
(The Momma)

Onto the festivities!

Happy Birthday To You

Happy Birthday To You

Happy Birthday Dear Lucy

Happy Birthday To You!

Thank you!

All dis for me?!!?

OH BOY!

Cake with a side of apple treats.

My furry own bag of bully sticks.  Nothing in life could be better!

Let me just get a sampling of this cake.  Vanilla wif sprinkles!  My Favorite!

Now that we have the candle removed lets cut it up and serve it!

It delicious!

I love celebrating birthdays! 

#yum


Smooches,
Lucy and Poppy