Defiantly something to watch out for, you just never know what it is till you go get it tested.
Last night we did a quick hot trail for Eme as i had to deploy her in the morning for 2 runaway kids. She gave me a negative all around the perimeter of the school, and she was correct as the kids were hiding on campus no where near where we had checked. So as her reward later in the day she got a nice fun hot trail!
And then of course i decide to squeeze in laying a track last evening to motivate myself to be up early and run today. And well it worked!! Beth was my subject and i dropped her and Jaime off with basic instructions. Just as the rain started pouring down around 1830 they had moved out of the woods and were heading in quickly. They finished laying the track at 1842 and we left.
6am this morning came quick and just before the girls went to get into place Eme and i were dropped off at our starting road. Figuring our trail was 1.25 miles it would take us at least 20 minutes to scent it all out and run it (yes i said run as in the pace we move, Eme does NOT walk her trails) 22 minutes on the dot we were up at the subjects location and Eme happily indicated (barked at her subject that she was scented on) and proceeded to eat her steak and play with her ball. Success before 730am i think so!!!!
Eme is a certified trailing K9 through International Police Working Dog Association (IPWDA)
At just a little over 4 months annecy is developing nicely. Currently in training for airscent SAR, narcotics detection and service work with a recently blooming conformation career I couldn’t ask for a more well rounded malinois. This girl really impresses me with her can do attitude and hunt drive. She is definitely not the typical over drive, defensive, unstable malinois with no off switch we have seen a lot of lately. This girl has a bright future ahead of her, and no I don’t believe EIK9T is starting a Mali breeding program!
We do have little dogs in the pack too and none other then frank fugly and kamikaze whirlwind to spice up a road trip at work today. Granted they did very little other than sleep, it was the thought that counts. Next time they can drink more of my coffee I guess!!!
And I have no idea how this became comfy but he stuck with it for 30 minutes. What a goof.
We finished the day with some office work and a fantastic lesson with one of my favorite GSD’s.
And thats a wrap!
Shaping is an amazing tool in any dog trainers tool box. But what exactly are you doing when you shape? The possibilities are endless and only limited by your knowledge. Take a few classes and learn how to shape from those with experience not only shaping but teaching humans how to teach dogs using shaping. Remember the rat is not stupid, but the student who failed to train him is.
Included below are just some quick pics of what we have been up to. As always the dogs are hard at work and so am I, with little time to spend sitting at a computer i try to keep this updated as often as i can!! Please visit us on facebook as you will get to catch all our action on the go there Elite Instinct K9 Training!!!!
The Family Foundation School and the Dog Corps. hosted a seminar June 29th and 30thwith Eagle Valley Search dogs thanks to a grant from the American Kennel Club CAR foundation written by Jennifer Culver. The seminar brought up Dr. Cindy Otto DVM, PhD. from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Dr. Ann Caulfield VMD, CCRP, CVA a rehabilitation specialist.
The two day seminar was a combination of classroom training on body and muscle conditioning and nutrition of our canine partners, massage, warm up and cool down exercises, and much more. We were then able to take what we learned to the gym and practice with our pups! The team was able to show us numerous exercises we can work on with our dogs (working and non-working alike) to help with proprioception, strength, and core balance.
We had a total of 13 handlers, 25 dogs, and 5 students participate.
The canine copilot pack was there in force, including all the working dogs and even little Kaze.