Saturday, October 4, 2008

Freestyle Friends

We drove out the the kennel club this morning to practice canine freestyle and rally obedience. I really enjoy these activities (although not as much as tracking) because it keeps my mind occupied, I get lots of treats and I get to visit with my friends.

This is my new friend Stormy. She is a Belgian Tervuren and already has her Utility Dog title (UD) which is very hard and takes a lot of work to earn. She and her person are learning freestyle and I bet they will be great. Look at the beautiful attention she is giving to her person. Attention is key to doing well in obedience, rally and freestyle.

Lucky is very good at walking backwards. Here you see him backing away from his person. They are getting ready to compete at a trial in November.

Pree is one of my boyfriends. This isn't the best picture of him-it makes him look like a little mop and he is actually quite handsome. He finds me irresistable and today he ran through the ring gates to get to me. No photos of that since they would be R-rated at least.

Here I am doing my favorite trick-the leap to touch Barbara's hand. I love to do it because I am allowed to jump. See how high I can get.

Here is another picture of me doing it again. It feels so great to leap up.

After freestyle we ran a rally course and then it was back home to take a long nap while Barbara had to work.


Deefor said...

You look like a professional leaper. My mom just gets me to walk around for treats. I'm gonna try that big jump. You have some cute and talented friends.


Pedro said...

Wow you can jump so high! I can jump pretty high for a chihuahua but not nearly as half as high as you! I would have liked to keep one of those kittens but my mom says we take care of all we can right now. Those kittens need a home of their own. We're hoping they get good homes soon.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Niamh!
I can see how high you can jump and how much you enjoy it!
Glad you had a nice saturday!
Kisses and hugs

Momo and Pinot said...

Hello Niamh!!

It is always nice to meet your lots of friends! You and your friends are all well trained and do many tricks. mmmm... we know our humans want us to do these tricks but we haven't learnt any. :P

Thank you so much for your message on Pinot's parkday!! You made our evening!

Oh... your friend's barkday cake looks pawsome!

Have a great Sunday!
Momo & Pinot

Sen and Tom said...

That looks so great, Niamh, especially the photos of you leaping up. I wish I could come to training with you, since #s keeps mumbling about how I could use a little further education...

Your Friend,

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We need to get Callie in the obedience training. She doesn't have any manners and she can jump!!

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Amber-Mae said...

Heya Niamh!!! Damn, you can leap really high! Almost as high as Pacco! She is a professional leaper too! I bet you had a fun time at both your classes.

Pee/s: Check out my new post!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Mango said...

I have exactly the same move! Its fun, huh? I like to practice my freestyle in the yard with momma so that I am not distracted by other doggies.


Toffee said...

...ONE of your boyfriends?? Wow - you are one lucky girl!! I am sweet on a fella but I cannot even say that he is my boyfriend!!!

Big Pupi said...

That's a sweet leap Niamh! And I know leaps... that's one of the best I've seen. Plus you're so shiny, so it makes it extra special to see.

Thank you mom for all of the great advice. I've been doing super well with my hula trick now that mom isn't holding treats in her hand. I've already begun to put the 2 parts of the trick together, along with 3 spins inside the hoop. It's fun!

Earning treats is the best thing ever! Good luck with your treat earning and feasting!

Kirby said...


You can jump super high! That is so pawsome! Al your freestyle friends are so cool. I hope you all have so much fun when you get together!!

Your pal,

Stanislaw's Mom said...

We've checked that training website already. Thank you.

Stan is quite good at his recall - as long as he's not in one of his OCD patterns. That's put a major kink in his training. He's smart and learns quicky, but we've got to get through the demons to make any headway. Poor kid. But I will NEVER have Friday's event happen again, so we will be full-force on the monster's recall skills.

On a lighter note, we're posting an update video of the hula hoop trick tomorrow. Pupi is very good! I hope you enjoy it! All of your amazing advice made it possible. We can't thank you enough for all that you've done for us. It really means the world.

Shadie the Aussie said...

Whoa, you jump high! I'm going to start my obedience classes tomorrow, and ma says agility is in the future! You might have to share some of your secrets with me sometime!

I'm adding you to my fur friends list!

Tail Wags,

Shadie the Aussie said...

I was a bit too quick to the punch in posting about the teeth brushings last night--Ma got me peanut flavored toof paste, and I loves it! Yum!

Tail Wags,

Booker the Treeing Walker said...

Hi! We just discovered your blog. You are a very handsome Gordon Setter ... we'll stop back to see you hard at work - you look so well trained.

Maggie and Mitch said...

You look awesome leaping, Niamh! You're so graceful and your coat is so shiny! You have very talented friends!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Oh wow Niamh, you look good. You are quite tall like Holly when you jump up like that.

Your friends look good too.

Btw - we love the photo Barbara used of Zac. Thank you, we are honoured that you used his picture. :-)

Comet and BLU said...

You are a great jumper! I jump all the time but never get any treats. I usually get yelled at :-(

It looks really hard to pay that much attention though. Napping is easier, so that's what I do.

Momo and Pinot said...

Hello Niamh!! Please come by and pick up the award! :)

Momo & Pinot

Agatha and Archie said...

Wow that is pretty high and your coat looks sooo beautifull!!!! Agatha can jump up like that when she wants sommething on the kitchen counter(she would love to be your height so she could just GET it) Love A+A

Chef said...

I love to jump too Niahm. You're right up there. Good girl!!