Tasks of Level 1 World Treibball League

Following up to my previous post on the Tasks of Chibi’s Level 2 Title from World Treibball League, this post provides clips to the tasks of Chibi’s Level 1 / GLOBAL GIZMO Title. Level 1 / GLOBAL GIZMO has 3 Tasks.  There are 4 Balls on the playing field.  Goal / Handler’s Area is 10′ wide.  No food or toys allowed during play. 1 minute per Task.  Senior/Small Dog exemption = 1.5 minutes for Tasks 2 and 3. TASK 1 Level 1 – With dog off-leash, Team heels around the balls “weaving through, around and by the balls, diagonally, in Continue Reading →

Chibi Pushodigy/L2 Treibball Title!

Congratulations to Chibi for pushing his way into a PUSHODIGY / Level 2 (PL2) Title from World Treibball League! There are 4 Tasks in Level 2, a clip of each is below.  Time limit: 2 minutes per Task. TASK 1: 5 balls PARALLEL to goal line, 1st ball 5 second WAIT.   TASK 2:  5 balls PARALLEL, 1st-4th balls 3 sec WAIT, REDIRECT, 3 sec WAIT, PUSH.   TASK 3: 5 balls DIAGONAL to goal line, 1st ball 5 second WAIT.   TASK 4: 5 balls PERPENDICULAR to goal line, 5th ball 10 second WAIT. 16 years young and non-herding Continue Reading →

Treibball – Storing & Transporting 35mm Balls

Picked up a few laundry bags for storing & transporting Chibi’s 35mm Treibball balls.  BINGO. The mouth of the bag has two locking drawstrings.  Easy to open and close. A nice shoulder strap makes carrying the bag a breeze. There’s also a handy loop for hanging the bag from a hook, peg or similar.  Sweet.   The bags I purchased are Mainstays’ Heavy Duty Mesh Laundry Bag, 24″ W x 36″ H (61 cm x 91.4 cm).   At $5 a bag, these rock. I have a few projects ongoing for the 40cm and larger balls.  Will share when finsihed.   Continue Reading →

Build a Bar Jump from PVC

Material List for 1 Bar Jump  (3′ tall x 4′ wide) *Minus the 4-way connectors and jump cup strips, all material on hand at your area home improvement / hardware store.  PVC pipe, end caps and T’s are in plumbing department;  colored tape in electrical dept.  I use a miter saw to cut my pieces but you can use a handheld pvc cutter, or your pvc source might cut it for you. 2 x 10′ pipes of 1″ pvc (schedule 40) cut as follows:           2 x 33.5″ pieces for the uprights (30″ if using T’s as connectors, see NOTE Continue Reading →

Special Days with Rocky

For the second time this year the Posse and I provide hospice care for a dear friend and family member.  First was GingerPeach who passed away May 11.  And now, sweet Rocky.  His mobility increasingly limited as his spondylosis progresses. Came across a beautiful quote by Cicely Saunders, nurse, physician, writer, and founder of the modern hospice movement.   Sharing it here, along with a few glimpses of the love and life that fill these special days with Rocky. “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only Continue Reading →

Trek to the Water Bowl

REMINDER – it is a long walk to the water bowl for a dog with arthritis or other mobility issue.  When the dog is lying down, his trek begins with the process of standing up.  Pain, discomfort or fatigue can sometimes cause the dog to forgo the trek.  This can reduce his daily water intake.  Not good. Help your mobility-impaired dog stay hydrated.  Take water to his resting area, offer him a drink.  Position the bowl so he doesn’t have to strain to reach it.  Comfort is key. Water is offered to GingerPeach and Rocky several times a day.  Though Continue Reading →

New Year, New Certification – CSMC

First news of 2015 – happy to announce I’m a Certified Stress Management Coach!   Helping people manage the stress in their lives has always been crucial in my work at SMART DOGS.  Why?  Stress affects all of us – for better and for worse!  Stress affects learning & behavior – for better and for worse!  Mismanaged stress feeds undesired behavior and decreases wellness in dogs and in people.  Stress from the human end of the leash causes stress at canine end of the leash.  Stress from the human end of the leash affects progress at both ends of the Continue Reading →

Thank You, 2014!

As the start of the New Year approaches, I’m grateful for all the learning and growth of the past year.  Wonderful new students, returning students, and visitors from far away places – including Kay Laurence who shared her time and knowledge in a Clicker Revolution workshop – contributed to my learning and growth in 2014.   I’m grateful for the uniqueness of each person, each dog, and each lesson exchanged.  Because of each one, my eyes see more clearly. Each year at SMART DOGS new programs are added and ongoing programs live in a healthy state of revision.  One notable new Continue Reading →

Too many mind

“Too many mind” is a favorite quote I often share with students.  It’s from “The Last Samurai”, a 2003 movie directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick.   The quote is about mental control, maintaining a mental state free of distraction, it’s about performance, focus, being in the moment.  Being truly and utterly IN the moment. The storyline takes place in 19th century Japan during the Meiji Restoration, details on the movie here.  Captain Nathan Algren (played by Tom Cruise) is taken captive by Samurai and held in their village.  They treat him very well and he is free to walk around Continue Reading →

Lou Gehrig’s, a Second Time

  11 years ago last month, my Mother was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Her first noticeable symptom affected her balance and mobility and appeared at least 10 months earlier.  Thus began a long, difficult journey to proper diagnosis during which her symptoms increased in number and severity.  The road to an ALS diagnosis is a lengthy, stressful process of elimination comprising numerous tests, exams and procedures. ALS received much attention in the media recently thanks to the ice bucket challenges.  Those challenges not only helped raise awareness of ALS but also over Continue Reading →

Why I Train

My training (personal and professional) is based entirely on my desire to build healthy relationships and lifestyles for humans and canines.  How?  By reducing stress and increasing wellness for both ends of the leash.  How?  By building trust and confidence at both ends of the leash.  By eliminating force, pain, fear, aggression, intimidation.  By empowering human and canine with skills for controlling impulse and arousal levels.  By establishing a flow of learning and clear communication between both ends of the leash.  By nourishing body and mind of human and canine. Cute or Fancy “Tricks”.  Dog Sports.  Those are just some Continue Reading →

GP’s K9 Cart in action

Following up to my post on GingerPeach’s Rear Support Wheelchair ordered from K9 Carts, the Pet Mobility Experts since 1961, I’ve uploaded several videos of GP and her Cart in action. The videos are embedded below and also listed in our youtube playlist called GP’s K9 Cart.  Playlist will be updates if/when I upload more videos. First, a video of the cart itself: Day 1 her rear legs were not much help, she wasn’t used to lifting them, her rear paws knuckled under *frequently* and her steps were weak, short and choppy.  Not only was she learning to move in Continue Reading →

GingerPeach has Wheels!

  GingerPeach is rockin’ & ROLLIN’!  She now has wheels!  A Rear Support Wheelchair by K9 Carts, the Pet Mobility Experts since 1961.  We’ve had it for 13 days now and we love it. This lightweight, beautiful, superbly-designed wheelchair (“cart”) supports her hind end 100%, which is exactly what she needs.   She was exerting far too much energy “dealing” with her very weak and unstable hind end.  Just trying to maintain balance while standing was zapping her energy and strength – leaving little energy for walking, exercise, enjoying her life. Without the cart, her hind end often sways when she Continue Reading →

GingerPeach Gets a Grip

Another in the series of ongoing modifications to help the senior Posse dogs stay in the SMART Zone… GingerPeach has lost a lot of strength in her hind end.   She has experienced ataxia for many years due to epileptic seizures and anti-seizure meds but her hind end was still strong and she moved around quite well.  That’s all changed now due to the addition of hip and joint issues of arthritis & aging (her age is approximately 12-13 years), and weakness & muscle loss due to current medical issues. As a result, she is now experiencing loss of traction on Continue Reading →

“stay” + distraction of Baby Rabbit

As posted many times in pics on SMART DOGS facebook page, “wait” and “stay” are skills the Posse and I use multiple times a day.  I couldn’t imagine our lives without these skills.  Skills essential for a happy, safe, harmonious family – regardless of the number of dogs in said family. Last evening in the field, I heard a high pitched cry and recognized it as a baby rabbit.  Piglet had found one.  A few minutes earlier in the same general area, Penelope had excitedly jumped at a rabbit outside the fence as he raced off to a safer place. Continue Reading →