Thursday, August 28, 2008

Same thing?

I had the same thing happen with out of sight downs with Wyatt the last few days where it seemed to fall apart just as Drop on Recall did a few days ago.  Seems to be back again.  Interesting.  I can't explain it.

We have a NADAC agility trial Saturday and Sunday where we can camp with the family and some lure coursing Monday for Patriot.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Drop on Recall BacK?

Wyatt did a great drop on recall on the first attempt this morning.  Hopefully, that is fixed.  Funny how things can fall apart and come back together.  

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Drop Fell Apart

For some reason, Wyatt's Drop on Recall has fallen apart.  He seems confused.  He is not dropping, especially the first time, not starting the recall, and/or anticipating the drop.  I am going back to basics and lots of treats for each part, and using my hand and/or moving in for the (first especially) drop.  No worry but he was doing so well before this.  

Friday, August 15, 2008


I will be mostly offline for about a week.  Have a great week with your training!

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Titles and A Thrill Ride of a Lifetime

We have some new titles to report. Seven year old Patriot received his WRA CRX title last weekend. He worked hard on that and was always a solid C racer and one of the fastest bench champions around here. We remarked last weekend that we would love to see more bench champions doing WRA and NOTRA racing in New England. It tends to be the same 4 of us. It was kind of sad to see what may be his last race. He also finished a bunch of NADAC agility titles this weekend earning his Novice Hoopers, Open Regular, and Elite Jumpers Skilled titles.

Wyatt earned a very difficult title yesterday. It was the NADAC Elite Jumpers Outstanding title. This takes ten qualifying runs at the Elite level. NADAC elite times are very difficult to make. This is roughly equivalent to the AKC MJX title.

Yesterday, I had one of the biggest thrills of my life with him in tunnelers. He got very excited seeing the IG Gabe running tunnelers before him and he was super fast, even faster than usual. He had a blazing fast time, perfect clean run, and worked great at a distance going at top speed and checking in quickly at the end of each tunnels for my command for the next tunnel to take. He reached 6.67 yards per second, which is a national level time for any breed. It was quite a ride. Thanks Wyatt and Patriot.

Their full names are now:

Patriot - C-ATCH Ch Seaspell's Concord Point, CAV, RA, SC, OA, OAJ, CD, OAC, EJS, OCC, TG-N, TN-N, WV-N, HP-N, CRX, OTR, CGC

Wyatt - C-ATCH Wyatt of Dodge City, AV CD, RAE, SC, NA, NAJ, OAC, EJC-O, OCC, TG-N, TN-E, WV-O, HP-N, CGC

See for some tunnelers runs for Wyatt. Too bad I did not tape yesterdays tunnelers run.

John and Dawn Heffernan

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Plugging Away

I am plugging away with Wyatt's obedience training and we are doing sit and downs at least on alternate days.  Occasional mistakes but overall pretty good.  We did a little agility last night in preparation for a NADAC trial this weekend.  Patriot finished his Companion Racer Excellent title last weekend.