Alta-Tollhaus Sade ( s-Litter XBox – Allie) at 5 months
Irene, where is your puppy? Goodness! She even has big-dog hair already!
She may look grown up but she is still all puppy. She is zooming around emptying her toy box and biting my toes because she wants to play. And this is after spending two hours at the beach swimming.
Irene, she is so pretty! I had to go back and look at the post you did in July…where did the puppy go??? They grow up so fast.
Wow Irene Sade is a beautiful young lady!!! How on earth did you get her to stack like that? We are having a hard time with Zeta, getting her to stack that is. Truly though, I think it must be our fault, not hers 🙁
LOL. I didn’t! Jason did and another club member was kind enough to take pictures. It took Jason 20 minutes and my having to hide to get that stack. We have a lot of work to do in the next month!
Here is a link to all the photos Bob took on Tuesday. As you can see, Jason did not have an easy time with her.
It is very hard to stack your own dog. What you want to do is work on her being used to someone putting her in position. I work with a clicker. I stack her and the few times she stacks really nicely, I click, name and reward. If I don’t like the stack, I don’t say a thing and just try again. I am hoping to be able this week to get her to hold a stack a few seconds longer. You also want to work with some else stacking her so you can learn what it takes to get her to perk up while holding her stack.
Thanks for the tips and also the link to the “other” photographs – they made me feel a little better!
Here are some photos of Zeta stacking from schutzhund training:
She is beautiful. They could be twins.
You have her bridged in the second photo. The first you have the front good. Try placing your foot behind the inside rear leg (the one closest to you) to help it stay in place as you position the outside rear leg.
Thank you – she is at the stage where her ears are up some times and other times they prefer to flop around.
I tried to put my foot in position (I’m not sure if I read that somewhere on the blog or somebody suggested it), but she was so wriggly. I’m amazed Julie managed to get these shots. I know they are not the best attempts but belive me if you had been there, you would have either giggled or thrown your hands in the air at my attempts!
Sade’s as well. They stay up but they “wave” when she runs sometimes. That is the teething and at this age the judge will not care.
I wish I lived closer!
Well? You could move…
Then we could all train together.
I can imagine that it’s difficult to teach. I need to learn how to properly begin doing that, (my guy is 12 weeks..) I’m sure it’ll take considerable time/effort more so on the part of the handler – correct? For now, I’ll try searching on this blog for some pointers on how to begin. Nice pic, she looks great!!
Any time you see him self-stack nicely, tell him “nice stack” or whatever word you want and give him a treat or better yet mark it with a clicker.
Thanks, I have to do some homework on how to properly stack my little guy. I’ve read several articles about the benefits of clicker training, but have never used that method, is that what most are using for basic obidience coupled with voice commands?
Odin was taught to “stand”, he only got really good with that command at 5 months, I used the stand command when we visited the vets etc. my old dog Zeus was also taught to stand.
When he’s standing, thats when I give the stay command, then I stack him.
@Irene Sade is lovely. Thank goodness you posted the other pics–I was ready to pack it in after seeing the blog photo. I am dying to see her and Libby together in person. They look so much alike in pics. I think Libby’s croup is shorter and Sade may be darker.
To practice stacking, do NOT worry about getting a perfect stack or even close to perfect. You are working on getting the dog use to be touched and allowing you to move their legs around and repositioning them, and then you are working on holding that position. Give them something to focus on like their ball thrown out in front of them move their little legs around and when they hold it for a few seconds release them to the ball and play.
Sade is a beautiful girl. She is getting so big!