Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
My "A" litter is now a year old! I sent out birthday wishes to all my girls this morning and here is a letter I recieved from "Rain"-
Thank you for the Birthday wishes Mama Brandi.
Mama Gail said to tell you I was a big girl now but some days I still feel like a puppy wuppy and do something Mama Gail calls the "Zoomies". She laughs at me when I do those Zoomies but I think it is fun. I did that this morning out in the dog yard when I went out to potty.
I also taught myself a new trick for in the house, when I want to take a nap I pick up my blanket and pull it over my head (to keep the light out) and snuggle down to nap. Mama Gail thinks that is very cute and has promised to try hard to get a picture of it one of these days.
My real work is going very well. I am a very smart Dober Girl and have done a good job learning how to find those dead humans for Mom. She tells me how great I am all the time. I like working because it means that when I find something Mama Gail plays with me with my favorite Wubba toy and we have lots of fun.
Take care and while I do hope all my Dober siblings are doing well I happen to know that I am doing best of all.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I had a call from Rick a couple days ago. Tessa got skunked! He is still trying to air everything out. The tomato juice remedy didn't work so well. He looked up online and found a formula containing peroxide to use. He said it worked well, but they were having problems getting the smell out of the house and their clothes etc. Tessa is doing ok. She now weighs 80 lbs! She started obedience school on Tuesday. I haven't heard anything, but hopefully they enjoyed themselves. Tessa has been having some problems with nipping. She is a high drive dog and when she gets excited she expresses herself with her mouth. Unfortunately, human skin is not as tough as dog skin and she has been leaving some bruises and marks in her excitement. They have tried many things and hopefully this obedience class will help. I have been trying to offer advice, but its difficult with out being able to actually see her do this.
Rain is still doing really good. I have been promised some new photos soon. I will post them here or on her webpage when I get them.
Porsche is doing really good. She weighed 68lbs on her 10 month b-day. She got to go to work with me Tuesday. She was really good and we got to do a couple short obedience lessons. We also went to the park for a walk after work. We walked down by they river and she jumped off the dock into the water. I had to pull her out, but she had fun!
We took pictures of her and Cinders last weekend. The new picture are up on the website.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Cinders, Porsche, and I spent last weekend in Decatur, IL training with Anne Rammelsburg and Jose. We started out bright and early, well not so bright as we left at 5am Saturday morning. We arrived at the community college to track at 9amCST. Anne laid a Sch3 track in the alfalfa for Cinders. I laid a puppy track for Porsche.
Porsche did pretty well on her puppy track. She still moves quickly and initially misses a lot of the bait. She settles into the track towards the end. Her tracks are still really short as this is only about the 5th time I have tracked her. She is starting to understand and her nose is naturally deep.
Cinders did awesome on about the first 2 legs of her track. The track was 1 1/2hrs old and she didn't have any problems with the age of the track. She seemed to have issues with the left turns, so we are now working on that. I got some good ideas for practice tracks to lay for her, so hopefully by trial time she will V rate.
Obedience was good. I am still having some problems with Cinders' stays, but she is improving. Everything else was really good. Still trying to improve her stand out of the run. I would like to see her lock up faster. Porsche did well in obedience too. I didn't do a lot with her, but she was able to concentrate easily despite the different environment and sights and sounds.
Protection went well. The blind search is looking good. We are loading the blinds and I think it will work come trial day. Jose and Anne said her control was much better than the last time they saw her (UDC Natls). We are mostly working on me and how I handle her. They want me to be calmer and it seems to work. I think right now we are training for points. She has a tendency to look back at me as I walk up and we are fixing that. I think her protection at the trial is going to be really nice. When she is calm and focused she is awesome!
Porsche's protection went well. Both Anne and Jose said she was a really nice puppy with full natural grips. We have to work on keeping her calm. Jose compared her to a Malinois. He said we need to train her to be calm and not thrash. He said that is what will make her more powerful than most dogs. Focus all her energy into the grip. She has more energy than Cinders and overall is a more sporty dog. Cinders tends to be more serious. However, Porsche may grow into that. She is only 9 mos. She is catching on to Jose's training very quickly. She is very smart and learns very quickly.
Overall, it was a very successful weekend. The trial is Oct 18. We will be training the next 2 weekends with Meridian. I did take video. You will have to check out the website www.masayadobermans.com to see it. It should be posted by the end of the week.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
|Porsche has such a natural healing ability. Unfortunately, I have been concentrating on Cinders so much that I haven't trained Porsche as much as I should. I just love Porsche's healing. She has such nice natural position and her drives are phenomenal! She is truly a joy to train. She is still very gangly and at times I think her legs get in the way. She sits nice and true and straight. However, she seems uncomfortably in a precise down, so I am going to wait on the down stays until she grows into herself some more. Her sit out of motion is coming along nicely. I think I will be able to get a very quick and precise response from her. Her about turns are very tight and her change of pace is already really smooth. Her energy is just amazing. She has a lot of food drive and I use it a lot to train her with. Her ball drive is off the charts and as she gets older I will start incorporating it more and more into training. She hasn't gotten to do bite work in a couple weeks, but the last time she did it was very impressive. She has already started biting a real sleeve. Her grips are naturally full and hard. Its funny because she has the sleeve stuffed so far back in her mouth and then she holds on as tight as she can and moans a little like her you can pick her up or do whatever you want and she won't let go. She does not out, yet. She LOVES to bite! She is going to be a very nice worker and hopefully will live up to mom and dad.|
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Just finished running Cinders on a Sch 3 track. AWESOME! It was varying grass with weeds sometimes short and sometimes taller than my head. BEAUTIFUL! She nailed it! My little girl can track! I am just so pleased with Cinders right now. Everything is falling into place and I think she will do very well at her next trial.
I took her last Sat to train with the Greater Cincinnati Schutzhund Club . I want to see how her control would be with a different helper and I need to get her on a real field with blinds so we can practice. Brian was the helper and its been over a year since he lasted worked Cinders. She did a beautiful routine! I had to use electric on her a little on the back transport as she was foraging terribly and really wanted another go at Brian. He Grips were PERFECT (as always)! After we did the routine Brian turned to me with a huge grin and said- "I remember this dog: I didn't remember her until she came around the blind with that powerful masculine bark" He was all excited and said that whatever we have been doing with her to keep it up. He said she was awesome and with a little polishing I could take her to some big shows and "kick a**" I was so proud of my girl and all the wonderful compliments that I received. I often find when I take her places that most Schutzhund people have never seen a Doberman as powerful as her- especially a female.
I got a note from Rick- Tessa is now 72lbs (at 8 mos) and doing very well. I weighed Porsche a few days ago and she was 62lbs. Porsche deserves her own blog post and as soon as I get a little more time I am going to write about her more. She is amazing! I thought her mom was easy to train, but Porsche is extremely intellegent and learns quicker than I can teach.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Here is a new picture of Rain working at Atterbury. She just found buried stuff in the gravel pile and is letting Gail know about it.
I love this dog! I always loved the attitutde and personality on Rain. She had a rough time of it when she was a pup, but she has always been a fighter and will always be one of my favorite pups.
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We had an excellent training session last Saturday. I got to work some with Porsche on her obedience. He heeling is beautiful. She has excellent position and focus. We are still building and I am providing lots of treats, but I love what I am seeing so far. I am also working on her stays and her out of motion exercises.
I had someone we train with lay a track for Cinders. Do to space contraints it was about the size of a schutzhund 2 track. Meanwhile while it aged I took Cinders over and worked on her stand and down out of a run. Her down is excellent but her stand needs some work as she does not lock up as quickly as I would like, but I have started using a toy as motivation and releasing her to go get it when she is correct. It seems to be working and I am sure I will be very pleased with the results. This is a very difficult exercise.
After her track had aged about 45 minutes I took her over to run it. I had the tracklayer be my "judge" and Cinders did a very nice check in. Her tracking was beautiful. She overshot the second corner a little but immediately went back to the track. Article indication was perfect and then we checked out. It would have easily been a 98-99 at a trial.
I did not have Cinders e collar with me so I decided to run her through the protection routine as if it were a trial and only had her show collar on her. We only had the one blind up so there was no blind search. Her hold and bark and call out where excellent. It was an awesome routine. Her grips were full and hard (as always) and her control was excellent. Everyone agreed she would have easily scored a 98-99. Its always nice to here your trainer and fellow schutzhund people say that Cinders is a dog who has the ability to score in the upper 90's in all phases.
Overall, it was an excellent training session. I intend to take Cinders out to a different club with in the next few weeks and make sure that the control is still there on a different field with a different helper.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Porsche has been enjoyed having her human mama to herself these last couple weeks. She got to go with me to work in
We spent one Sunday visiting
Today Porsche is having her first experience boarding. I had to go to a conference in OH and I couldn't take her. I miss my ornery brat. I get to go back and get her Thursday. Then we head to
Maddy I know is doing great. She loves to be out on the farm. She takes care of everything. Mom has chickens that run around and
Cinders misses me. She has been trying to follow my mom everywhere, but that drives mom a little crazy. I know she will be glad to get home and back to work. We need to start preparing for the DPCA nationals and her schutzhund 3. She really just needs some more brushing up and more work on the stays. Then I need to finalize my decision on a stud dog.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Rick called and Tessa's microchip has migrated down near her ribcage. She is fine. Avid is going to send a new chip to his vets office and Tessa will just have 2 microchips. Tessa is still around 60lbs. Her ears are standing now. She just recently got spayed and is not enjoying her forced inactivity. We did post her new pictures on the website www.masayadobermans.com
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I was walking her on Saturday night and had taken her out of the van to walk back over to the agility equipment, intending to run her on a little agility and just give her a nice long walk since she had been crated a lot during the day.
As we passed the end of the sidewalk in front of the building we passed a crate sitting on the ground. Seems they had taken the training aids we were using in the water and put them in a baggie inside the crate so we could use them the next day. Miss Rain got just past the box and got into scent. She whirled around on her own, went back and stuck her nose into the baggie and then slammed the crate with her foot! Telling me "I found it Mom!" Needless to say she got her Wubbie and a big party as a reward and we played fetch for a good long time. The little girl is growing up."
Rain decided she likes my Vets (but all my dogs have always like my Vets over the 35 years I have been going to them, it's two brothers and one son) and gave Dober kisses! The one I saw yesterday was very taken with her, called her a very nice typy Doberman but he also thinks she will be a moose when she is finally grown. :-)
I'm probably looking at spaying her at about 16 months. I want at least one heat and then I want to make sure the growth plates have closed before I do it.
I can not believe how big she is now. My baby puppy has turned into a big puppy! LOL"
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tonight I laid Cinders track first then laid a scent pad then about a 20 foot arch into another scent pad with a jackpot of food. My intent was to make a circle, but I have never been good at circles. Again I just followed behind her and stoked her calmly when she was eating a piece of food. I had turkey in each foot step and allowed her to wander off track and discover on her own that there wasn't any food there. She has a very deep nose and is more intent than ever remembered Cinders being at that age. Considering how good Cinders tracks now, I am VERY please with Porsche. She also seems to take her time on the track. Hopefully we can keep it that way.
The Rain Report from Gail:
"Well, she is stubborn, some what will full, one of the smartest puppies I have ever owned and really really sweet, and gives great Dober kisses! If that isn't a combination I don't know what is.
When she wants something there is no mistaking it. LOL She lets you know in no uncertain terms about what SHE wants.
However on the other hand, she learned sit in 2 very short sessions and will now sit even out side with distractions. We are now working on come. I just started that one today. She is also very good now about walking on leash. I haven't taken her out on the sidewalks yet, traffic here is hellish and I'm not risking it until she is a tiny bit better about heeling on a loose lead.
She is a great fetch player and loves her Kong Wubba toy. She would play fetch for hours if I had the arm to keep throwing the wubba.
My next step with her will be to take the second Wubba toy and put it in my cadaver box to scent the toy, then we will play hunt the Wubba toy to teach her to go look for the scent.
We're going to be at Atterbury all next weekend so she'll get introduced to some of the agility equipment, some "baby" rubble and probably helicopters since they should be flying next weekend. I think she will enjoy that a lot."
Tessa's ears are doing really well. Tessa is being a little ornery right now and has been biting a lot. Other than that she is doing really well on her house training and obedience.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
After I finished working Cinders, I got Porsche out of the car and took her on a walk in the woods. I took her up hills, over logs and across a creek. She stayed with me the whole time and was unfazed by the different terrains. I gave her a treat anytime she happened to be in heel position. I forgot my clicker or I would have clicked and treated anytime she was in heel. I trained Cinders this way when she was very young. Its a good way to teach heel position in a very positive way. I then tied a small branch to the end of her leash and ran away and called her. Dragging the leash simulated a puppy runaway and also provided some noise through the crunchy leaves.
Overall it was a nice lesson.
Here's is a recap: Around February Cinders broke her Canine tooth on her crate. Because of her age etc, they did a vital pulpotamy on her tooth. That's a pretty major surgery, very similar to a root canal. I remember that she had her operation on a Thursday and Friday, Sat and Sunday we had a 3 day training weekend. I skipped training Friday, but took her Saturday to do tracking and obedience (no bite work for 1 month). We were training with Mo then and I remember finishing her tracking lesson Sat and someone saying something about her tooth. Mo apparently didn't know she had an operation and he was shocked that I had worked her so soon. The thing is , despite being on pain meds and having a mouth full of stitches, Cinders still wanted to work and she still did a good job. Then about a week after her BH in March , Cinders got really sick throwing up. I took her to the vet and she stayed there for 4 days. Ultimately, they kept telling me that they were not sure if she would make it. They thought she had an obstruction so they opened her up and milked her intestines. Nothing. So they sowed her up , put her on meds and sent her home. No work for 3 weeks ( I think we snuck in some tracking). Then in May, I took her back to check on her tooth. The procedure had failed and she had an infection. Now she had to get a root canal (no bite work for 1 month). Then in June she started having some breathing difficulties. She had a lung infection. The vet put her on antibiotics and said she could work if she wanted but to pull her if she fatigued. She was on antibiotics for over two months trying to kick the infection. I believe she had it for a while and it was related to her abscessed canine tooth. During this time we worked on obedience and tracked 7 days a week. In September she was finally off antibiotics and we trialed. She got a 265! Then we went to the DPCA Nationals. On the way to the Nationals, Cinders came into season. Despite the long trip, being in season, and not getting the opportunity to work on the helper before the trial, Cinders did very well.
So now after 4 mos maternity leave, we are back to work! 2 weeks ago Cinders got a 192 in Novice B and she also earned the first leg of her Rally novice title. We have started doing obedience every day and yesterday we started tracking again. Cinders is VERY happy.
Rain is doing fine. She is learning fast, we're playing fetch and she is sitting for a treat - not bad for just a couple of days. She is sleeping well through the night and only had one accident in her crate (on my first work day I was gone for about 4 1/2hours). She is eating well and likes the new food but is still getting a mix of old and new.
I get the biggest kick out of her. She howls when she thinks she isn't getting enough attention and sounds like a baby werewolf. It's hard to not laugh at her and keep a straight face and tell her no.
She is bonding well and watches everything I do. Very alert and very smart!
I am so happy she is doing well- I miss the little brat!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The electrical problem was at the neighbors, but he was just making sure that all my lines where ok before they turned the power on. I think he volunteered because of the dogs. I am not sure where that crew was from, but I have seen several in the area from Georgia and Alabama. He said they made him miss his dogs. I was just glad I had not left Cinders outside because she would not have allowed him back there. He said she had been barking at him through the window and he was glad she wasn't out there.
He was a grizzled husky guy with a hard hat, uniform and some equipment on, so I thought it was an excellent opportunity for some socialization. I told him I had some pups and asked him if he wanted to see them. Of course he did! I knew he had to go back to work, so I brought out two bullys first. One was the boy ( I thought he would like him) and the other was Molly. While the 2 bullys were being loved on, I went in and got the purple and red pups. All the pups took to this big guy very well. The red pup did not want to wait her turn and was trying frantically to climb up his legs. Too bad he had to go back to work or I would have brought everyone out.
I am very happy the power is back on and the weather has improved. I let the pups run in the yard for an hour or so and I took some video. All together during the power outage I took an hours worth of video that needs to be uploaded and edited. So for those of you that got the first installations, that was about 30 min of video cut to 20 min. I still have another 30 min to go and I am already thinking about taking some more. Likely I will create another agility course this weekend. I am already thinking about it. However, I believe I have one on video that hasn't been uploaded yet.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Cinders and Lulu have both been allowing each others puppies to nurse. Cinders is a little more picky and prone to getting on to Lulu's pups if she thinks they are being too rough with her baby dobes. The puppies get out a lot and its not uncommon for me to find some of them running around the house when I get home. Thank goodness all my floors are hardwood and tile.
The good news is that the lack of electricity has allowed me to spend a lot of time with the puppies. I have gotten to know their personalities really well. This is going to help me find the right home for them. I am pretty sure that Purple is going to be Tessa and live in MI. She is a really nice middle puppy and I think she will be very happy in MI. She loves to play, but right now doesn't seem as dominant as the pink puppy or as high drive as the red puppy.
I have been creating puppy agility courses and videoing the puppies on the "equipment". I am very pleased with everyones reactions. The Checker/stripe puppy seems to enjoy the equipment the most and is the first to explore and climb on everything. She is real confident puppy and loves toys and people. I think she would do well at agility or pet therapy or make a nice family dog.
Pink is a monster and the largest puppy. She constantly tries to dominate the other puppies. She loves people and when she gets out of the pen she runs straight over to try to be with me.
I have also started taking the dobes on small car trips. Either individually or in pairs. Yesterday I took the Pink puppy with me to wash the car and run a few short errands. Pink whined some and explored some. Friday, I took checker. Checker is the easy going puppy. Hardly fussed at all. Monday I took purple and Red. Red is also pretty easy going and started exploring the car. Purple was a little more fussy. Its not to surprising though. Purple and Pink are the more vocal of the puppies. They let you know when they want something. Checker and Red are quieter in a way, but I think they will be "talkers" when they get older.
Also, since the snow/ice has been melting I have been taking them outside for short walks either individually or in twos. Yesterday, I let pink walk in from the car. She was very interested in exploring her environment.
Next week I plan to take them to my friends house for individual pictures and some kiddie play time.
I will send out new video and pics as soon as the power comes on.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Burgundy 57.1 oz
Pink 59.9 oz
Monday, January 12, 2009
I lost one pup in my Dane litter this year. It was much less dramatic as I just found her dead at 14 days. The mother didn't care when I took that pup away and never seemed to notice her loss. This was much more difficult. Cinders is a much more involved mother. She takes such good care of her babies and she loves them so much.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Poor Miss Kitty just couldn't fit in with the dobe pack. Cinders tolerated her, but really wasn't very welcoming. Lulu is doing better on her milk, so Miss Kitty moved back in with the bulldogs.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
She was a little upset when she got the pups back, but not as bad as I was expecting. The puppies are fussy and that bothers her, but for the most part everything went well.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Not long after that, Cinders started pushing and she kept pushing. After she had been pushing for over an hour, I became concerned and consulted some long time breeder friends and then called the vet. We decided we needed to get Cinders to the vet ASAP. I had used a glove and checked her and could not feel the puppy being presented and so we were concerned it might be stuck at the "gate". Poor mom, I made her drive while I sat in back of the Rav with Cinders and the pups in a basket. The vet is about 30 minutes away and I swear , I believe my mom was going 80. It certainly felt like that as she was entering Louisville and going around some mondo corners. About 10 min from the vet I was finally able to see a puppy presented. With some maneuvering from both me and cinders I was able to pull the pup (rear first) out. I was really scared because the pup seemed huge. It was backward and the first sign I had of her was her rear where the sac was already broken and there was manure. I hurried up pulled her out and removed the sac from her face and rubbed her did some other things to make sure she was breathing well. I kept thinking when I pulled her out she had to be dead because I think her sac had been broken for a little bit. But she started to breath and kick and she hasn't stopped! What a moose! She's a little terror and pushes everyone around. She is already nice and fat and sassy!
Well we decided not to go the vet and we turned around and went back home. I knew there was one more puppy that had to present itself. Unfortunately, it was taking its time. At about 6pm, we took Cinders back to the vet. In the end she had to have a C-sec to get the last pup out.
Everyone is home and doing well now. Cinders is a very protective mommy and she gets very upset when I hold the pups. She hates it when I weigh them. She always tries to take them from me. She will barely leave the whelping box to get a drink or go relieve herself. I have been feeding her in the box. Gotta keep the milk coming! Surprisingly, she still let Lily come in the room to sleep on the bed. However, Lily keeps her head down and hugs the wall by the door and Cinders monitors her movements very closely.