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  1. I will be there this weekend. I have a lot to learn while there.
  2. It is. It is fun to watch and very noisy.
  3. It is fun! I think it has increased the closeness of my relationship with Dexter. I think there is a tournament coming up soon...you should go and watch.
  4. 4th lesson tonight went great woot woot
  5. Lessons are not over yet.....tonight will be lesson 4 of 8. We are in beginner lessons..enclosed area and on leash. As far as the distraction issues I think I was a bit frustrated at first, but my trainer gave me good tips of how to work on it....we are still working on it...by playing the look at me game and to engage him in exercises quickly so he doesn't have time to focus in on the other dogs. I constantly try to keep him focused on me...I think I look like a big goofball when I am trying to do this....waving his tug, trying to keep my voice excited. He gets better and better each time w
  6. 3rd lesson and I think we improved by 50%. It was a really good lesson. WOOT!!!!!!
  7. Any ideas on focus gaining exercises I can do with Dexter?
  8. It was definitely interesting last night. A bit frustrating for me because Dexter likes to bark when he sees other dogs moving while I am trying to keep him in a sit. He is also very distracted by the other dogs....can't even get him to focus on me with food. I think I have a great instructor though. Hopefully the more we do it the less distracted he will become.
  9. Tonight Dexter and I go to his first lesson for flyball. I am more nervous then he is.
  10. I also just got an easy walk harness and it has stopped Dexter's pulling
  11. Thank you very much I think he is pretty cute too most of the time. We had a bit of success last night on our walk. We used the easy walk harness and it decreased his pulling and lunging quite a bit. Also got through the area where the video was taken a bit better cause I had his nose in my hand with treats and used "leave it". I also tried to keep myself in between him and the barking dogs.
  12. Thank you all for your wonderful advice. My hubby went and bought the easy walk harness for both of our dogs (we dont really have a problem with our older dog Tinker, but hopefully will help refine her loose leash walk). I will have to think long and hard about Dexter's high value treat, he pretty much goes bonkers for any treat. I'll also try his tug. Practice practice practice practice.
  13. We are still in the process of learning to loose leash walk. Some days are better than others. The method we have been using is when his leash becomes tight we stop until the leash becomes loose again then we start walking. He will sit down and look back at me to make the leash loose. He does know leave it and I have tried using that while walking by but it does not register in his head. I have also tried "leave it" and turning the other way. He also frustration snaps at my older dog when we walk them together and this situation arises. I guess just more and more practIce. Any other ideas woul
  14. So for the last few months...Dexter has been becoming increasingly more temperamental when walking along a fence where dogs are on the other side barking. I am not sure if this is leash aggression or not. Here is a short video of how he acts. The dogs behind the fence are to the right on the other side of the road approx 60 ft. Any advice or tips on how to help him stop. I have tried getting close to the spot where he starts this then turn around and walk away and then try to walk back and get a bit further. IMG_1192.mov
  15. Not exactly sure where to ask this question but does anyone know anybody that does herding training in Colorado (around the Denver metro area)? I am looking into options of things to do with Dexter. Thanks a bunch in advance
  16. Not sure if anyone can help or refer them to someone. http://denver.craigs...2771196639.html
  17. Finally able to post pictures...I think this is about 2 weeks ago. Much better looking.
  18. Update on Dexter after 3 treatments of advantage.. Just gave the third one... The hair in the spots affected is growing back. Yay! Woot!
  19. Thank you ShesMaggie. I hope he recovers fast too....he looks so funny right now. Dexter has had absolutely no itching that I have seen....he is as active as ever and sleeps very well. Cindy... I am thinking it is not recommended to get him neutered until this passes correct?
  20. I just wanted to say thank you to all of you. You were all extremely helpful :) :)
  21. I was extremely happy with everything we talked about. He also told me it may take a long while to get completely rid of it. The entire staff was very friendly.
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