Thursday, October 21, 2010


This is what we've been working on for about the past two weeks

We've trained the weaves vaguely using Susan Garretts 2x2 method, training was pretty sporadic at first because of the stupid weather. Initially I used 6 garden stakes covered in white tape, and because of our small garden we were carting those stupid poles to all the parks we go to. But as Pepper got the idea and got faster (which happened surprisingly quickly) the poles weren't cutting it - she was running right through them as she could just bash them out of the way. So a lady who is in the same dog club and who I also work with very kindly offered me her "proper" competition weaves to borrow - just the nicest thing, and I'm so so grateful. The above video only shows 8 poles as that's all we can fit into out garden (we have a back yard too but its an annoying shape and part concrete.) but we've been training with 12 at the park down the road (these weaves are a little less portable than my flimsy poles!) Mostly we train using a toy for drive but someone ate someones last ball yesterday. I'm really pleased with how she's going, now to work on proofing entries.

Pepper got an awesome new collar this week - courtesy of our friend Helen from "AroundaHound" - she makes gorgeous handmade martingale collars out of cool fabrics, they're so well made and now Pepper's pretty much the hippest dog on the block - so thanks heaps Helen, can't wait for my next one!

We meet up with Helen, her husband Noel-John and their dogs Snoopy & Arrow for a f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g cold walk at the beach earlier in the week. It was getting dark so the pictures are a bit blurry. Peppers not terribly sociable with other dogs - she'd rather play with her ball, but when Snoopy's around it a different story, man does she love that dog! While we froze they had a blast and acted like looneys.

"Ready Snoopy?"

Arrow was very restrained and the only dog to stay still to have his picture taken!
It's hard work training and playing, can't go past a good snooze in the sun to recover.

Oh and this "I love my AroundaHound collar" photo got an extra smile courtesy of Leilei - thanks :)


  1. Great job on the weaves!! Looks like Pepper really knows what she is doing! And I love Pepper's new collar! Green really suits her!

  2. Wow Pepper is so clever with her weaves!!!
    Hehe the photos of Pepper and Snoopy are so animated, made me LOL! They had a great time :)

  3. Wow...look at you zoom through those weaves, way to go!

    Nice collar. :)

  4. Looking good on the weaves, Pepper! I really struggled to learn that - I think partly coz my body is so long and not very bendy in the middle and the space between the poles is really narrow and...well, typical story - not designed for a giant doggie like me! :-)

    Looks like you had a great time on the beach, even if it was freezing. And hey - what a gorgeous new collar! That emerald green is just stunning against your black fur!

    Hey - when you've got time - pop by my blog coz I just posted about this new dance step I'm learning and I think Emily would be really interested coz it's a horse dressage step really!
    She can tell me how she thinks I'm doing!

    Honey the Great Dane

  5. Ohhhhhhhhhh nice collar. Well thats me really fashion and food guy. Yeah good on ya weaves been there done that lazy as sin.......

  6. Good job on the weaves Pepper!

    You look very fasionable in your new collar! :D

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Japser the Danes