Great Training on the lake

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So today is finally a little warmer, and I decided to take Dakota out on the lake. She was very excited So today is finally a little warmer, and I decided to take Dakota out on the lake. She was very excited at first, because it's been too cold for her to get down there and she loves being by the beach and lake. We played fetch for a while, then we started doing some training. We did leash healing for a few minutes, she had a hard time watching me at first. There were a bunch of ice fisherman out, and also people walking on the beach, but took about 2-3 minutes and I was comfortable dropping the leash and praticing off leash. She did phenominally out there! I decided to see how she would do a sit/stay and recall around the distractions, and from a distance bigger than she has done before. I put her in a sit/stay, walked about 100 yards, she didn't move. Called her, came perfectly. Then I went 150, then 200 yards away, and she did it flawlessly. I still find it amazing how good she does in such a short time and at a young age. We were out in a totally new world for her (frozen lake) with people around, and I never felt less than 100% confident. She proved me right with such a solid recall, every time I called her, didn't matter what she was doing, she came running full speed. Very impressed. Here's a clip of the 200 yard sit/stay. Sorry for the bad filming, quality sucks on my phone, and it was sunny so I couldn't really see what I was doing on the cell.

YouTube - Dakota Sit Stay 200

Here's the first one I did, at about 100 yards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzxe9ROeDYY

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WOW---those were great!  It was like watching a speck of pepper turn into a doberman! LOL

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Thanks!  Was tough to film, with the snow and the sun I couldn't see anything...  When she got to about 100 yards I was able to center it just from practice.  (I do video for a living)  But I had no idea if I actually got her on video at all until I got home lol.  I wish someone was with me and I could have brought my other camera... I'll have to do that one of these days.

that was a great video. I also enjoyed watching your other one of her running in the snow in front of the house. I wish mine would do that, might burn off some of that energy. Mine think they have to be entertained with balls and things to throw.

 

The trainer at our Schutzhund club does a very long recall like that and swears by it. One time we were at training and he put his dog a (GS of course)on a sit to do a recall. He went for what seemed like forever  where the dog was just a dot in the distance. When he finally called the dog it came with such force and power at him I was thinking he was going to get knocked over. The dog had such beautiful control with this that he came in and did a perfect front right in front of him. Slowed down at the very last second. Very beautiful to watch. What this does is teach the dog to come in fast. It is almost like a game for them and they love to play it. I've yet to try it with mine. I will undoubtedly do it with Romeo but he will be awhile before I trust him off leash.

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That was the longest I've ever done... My backyard is about 180 feet long, and I've done probably about 3/4 of the distance away.  So this was a huge difference.  She has a very solid stay, and I don't think she's ever not come after being released from a stay, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't keep looking over my shoulder to make sure she was still there lol. 

well it was nicely done, you should be proud.

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Thanks.  I'm very proud of her progress so far!

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She is amazing! have you ever found out (DNA) what she is mixed with- she has to have some kind of retriever in her w/ those skills.... She is a doll Kevin!!! She reminds me of our Gypsy (my step dobermutt)

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Nah, those DNA tests are extemely unreliable.  May as well put a bunch of breeds in a hat, and pick one out lol. 

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I have watched and looked at most of your posts on Dakota's training and have wondered, is she your first dog you've trained to this level?

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Dakota is my first dog from this age, but I've been around and have trained and worked with dogs much of my life.

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That was a great vid! (I know this doesn't have anything to do with dobermans...but...) my eyes POPPED when I saw all that snow! I can't believe that there are places like that! It doesn't snow here...like, ever. In the entire time I've lived near Houston (think 15 years) I've seen snow ONCE. ONE TIME. In the area. It was the biggest deal of our lives. Not that I've never been skiing in NM or Colorado, but still, to think that areas around the world get that much snow...cRaZy! (eta: I'm 24...not 15, thats just how long I've lived here, most of my life...)


Now I can think enough to tell you that your pup is awesome. She looks a lot like Paisley, actually. What cute mixes Dobe's can be. =)

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LOVED the vid Kevin.. Dakota is so special.. and you've done a remarkable job with training..

So glad you're posting these videos.. so good for our pup people to see what really CAN be accomplished with patience, consistency and passion for the process.

Thank you!!

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Paisley, this year has been pretty light with snow.. there's maybe a foot and a half of snow down right now, but it's so frozen solid you can walk right on top of it.  Last year, we had over 6 feet of snow here, 42" in one storm!

And Kate, thanks!  I have to get another one with my real camera soon lol 

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I saw snow once.. It was on a Christmas card  BBBWWWAAAHAAA!!

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Paisley - I grew up in Houston (Northwest side) as we moved to Houston when I was 10. It snowed once, when I was 15. I haven't kept track in the last 20 years since my parents passed away, but I don't believe it had snowed again during their lifetime (Dad passed in late 1988, Mom early in 1990). In the last 30 years here in Valdosta, it has only snowed once, that was in 1989.

It was the week before Christmas and I was scheduled to leave the next morning to drive to Houston for Christmas. I woke up and went out to load up and there was between 1 1/2 and 2 inches on the ground. I call Mom and told her I was delaying my departure one day. She wondered why since I had a 4 wheel drive and after spending 9 years in central Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains I knew how to drive in snow. (We had several snowfalls every year).

I told her it wasn't me I was worried about but the 40,000 fools out in the town who had never driven in snow and were driving around. I think they had several hundred accidents that day. By late afternoon, it was all gone. I left the next morning.

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RGreen, you are much nicer than I!  And smarter too!!  The year I moved to GA from NYC it snowed about an inch - I couldn't believe that they closed down the city.  I threw some kitty litter into the back of the truck & headed out for work.  A 45 minute drive took almost 4 hours!!!  After having several near-misses & calling other drivers every name in the books, I swore I would never drive down here in the snow or ice again.

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Rgreen - I love it!  Don't worry - it's not just a southern thing.  It never ceases to amaze me how many idiots in Ontario don't know how to drive in the snow!  Half the time when my 1 hour drive to school turns into an hour and a half or 2 it's not because the roads are that bad...it's because some chicken 10 cars ahead of me is too scared to go over 60km/h :P 

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lolz, We had about a foot on the ground last week, I hopped in my truck and pretty much sat st9ll for an hour because an a-hole in a HUMMER was going maybe 5miles/hr... I wasn't very nice either.

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Unfortunately, the problem isn't in going, four wheel drive has a lot better traction than two wheel drive, but most don't understand that they don't stop any better. My first winter in Virginia was very educational. I lived in Lynchburg and worked at Big Island (Paper Mill). In between was a low mountain range and a long straight steep grade coming out of Lynchburg.

I arrived in Lynchburg on Dec 1, just in time for winter weather. Shortly after that we had a snowfall, and fortunately not all that bad. With front wheel drive in my 1980 Honda Accord, I did manage to get up the hill and get to work, but it was a little more white knuckle than I would have liked. Some of the employees gave up trying to get up the hill and turned around and went home.

That evening I left work early and went to a local tire store to get studded snow tires mounted. While waiting, the tire mounter came in with this small red notice that was inside of the tire. (The studs had to be put in my hand, with the tire coming from the factory with just the holes.) The notice warned that when mounting studs on the front of a car with front wheel drive the tires must be mounted in sets of 4. He asked my if I knew why. I had never driven with studs before and I didn't know either. Now at this point, those with experience know what's coming.

As I drove home I had no problems, but I did drive cautiously. (But not 5MPH, Wolfgirl.) Later that evening, curiosity got the better of me. I went out on a major road coming into our area that was a bit icy and with no traffic, I go up to about 20 miles and hour and slammed on the brakes. The car did a very nice 180 and stopped straight, just backwards. I went down the next night and had two more mounted on the back. When it came time to swap tires back in the spring, I went down and bought 4 aluminum wheels and mounted the regular tires on them. (I could then swap tires myself when I needed to).

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Hi Kevin, we are new here! Great work, she's  so good!! May I ask where you found her coat, it's really pretty. We are waiting on our first Dobie, Sophie. She is still little, so we have a few weeks before she can come home. I will be training with her, she is going to be my new Service Dog. By the end of the year, she'll be ready for coats and sweaters, I've looked on line, but haven't found too many boutiques for large breeds. Thank you!