Takoda’s first exposure to pinwheels, May 18, 2015

Pinwheel Beginning Set up, May 18, 2015

Pinwheel Beginning Set up, May 18, 2015

Everyday I try to come up with something new to do with Takoda.  Today I decided to expose him to a pinwheel of hoops with props to help him be successful without me needing to babysit.

Pinwheel Set Up 2, May 18, 2015

Pinwheel Set Up 2, May 18, 2015

Over the course of one day, I gradually moved the Expens away from the left and right hoops but left them close to the OUT hoop.

Pinwheel Set Up 2, May 18, 2015

Pinwheel Set Up 2, May 18, 2015

(above) This video is of a couple of reps with Expens helping Takoda seek out all three hoops.  I used toys for some reps and mark buckets and food for other reps. 

(above) Over the course of one day, I gradually moved the Expens away from the left and right hoops but left them close to the OUT hoop.  By the last set of reps, there was just a sliver of an Expen near the OUT hoop.  I was very pleased with how well he drove through the hoops.  I also varied my position.  In this video I tested rear crosses, which he read very well.

The forecast is for RAIN, RAIN, RAIN, so it will be a while before Takoda sees any more hoops or pinwheels.  It will be interesting to see how much sunk in today but I am guessing he will remember what he experienced today because it looked like he was having fun and feeling really good about his success.

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2 thoughts on “Takoda’s first exposure to pinwheels, May 18, 2015

  1. Oooh! I’m so envious of your set up and progress! What a fantastic team!! I love it. (I am a very proud “mama” and glad that I have a small hand in it!) i’m sitting up in the clouds and rain with grass ‘WAY too tall to do anything in and with puppies who can hardly get out to pee. :-(( Heather

    • Heather. You have a big hand in Takoda’s progress by breeding first and foremost for a balanced brain. Using expens allowed Takoda to show me glimpses into the dog he will become and it nearly takes my breath away. I’m so impressed with this puppy!!!!

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