Bionic Ironwolf


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'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 14:35

TE, I've only ever done one ultra race, 40 miles so I can't really say much about the effect but I start running again a couple of days afterwards. I would agree that dogs do share some sort of communication, my two definitely seem to pick up on stuff from each other or even from me, I find it odd when I'm about to go out and turn around to find both dogs behind me, wagging their tails ready to go too, and that's before I've picked up my keys or anything. No idea how they know.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 08:33

I bet Maisie could do it though.

Bright sunshine this morning but it does feel cooler. Last night was very peculiar, every single person had some sort of problem with their dog not obeying a command they have done dozens of times, some didn't sit when told, another lagged behind the handler, one stood still, one handler had to tell his dog 4 times to sit - my Charlie went into the down position ok, but next time I looked he was standing! To top it all, I had to give Nemo his commands umpteen times before he would run around the hides. Never seen this before, obviously sometimes a dog will get something wrong but not every single one. Must have been something in the air!

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 11:36

Sounds like my kind of race, Redhead - you know how I love rain. And cake. Well done on your cake trophy as well as your race!

Thank heavens, the excessive heat seems to have gone away, today is overcast. The weathermen are saying the high temperatures are unlikely to return to the level we've been having. The dogs are definitely happier, yesterday they went outside and came right back in.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 06:17

JJ, they do - that's a whole different type of training. There's a German championship in herding every summer, there aren't many dog handlers who go in for herding as unlike Britain, sheep are not found in very many areas in Germany and lamb is not a popular meat here. There's also rescue dog work and of course security work. Lots of agility clubs too.

The training we do at local club level is not all that complicated, each level of exam builds on the level below. The basic is the "companion dog" exam which you must have before being eligible for any other. It is based on your dog walking to heel, both on leash and off, weaving through a group of people to show confidence, obeying the sit and down commands, and finally laying down to the side of the field while another dog completes the same routine. All further exams have that same routine plus additional commands that are progressively more difficult such as the "stay" from a run where the dog has to stop still on command while the handler carries on running. There are successive levels right up through local, regional, national and world championships. In all levels the maximum  attainable is 100 points and 70 points is the minimum pass mark. Of course we all want higher than that!

Familiar friendly competion - 2015

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:53

swim for me, bike commute and swim for LJS to end the month

Awesome August
Cheggers - (450) (259) (497) (487) (556) (533) (459) 459
Goldstone (IM Wales) - (147.1) (156.7) (195.7) (155) (205.1) (237.4) (257.4) 281.9
AlGiff - (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (64) 175 
WildWill (Vichy) - (111.5) (57.2) (159) (254) (237) (220.6) (203) 225.9
Long John Silver (89.5) (73.5) (58) (89) (70) (58.5) (125) 139 
Rafi (loads and loads) 101 
Maths - (177) (107) (156 ) (192) (175) (132) (174) 101
BamBamTri - (110) (90) (116) (94) (20) (18) (33) 100 
BluePeter - (230) (249) (307) (309) (225) (166) (91) 96
Ironwolf - (98.5) (84) (115) (94) (97) (57.5) (140.5) 92 
Southern Snail - (138) (123.5) (69.5) (70) (110) (40) (69) 85 
Trogs - (164.5)(125.1)(191.9)(182.5)(213)(177.7)(133.4) 69.1 
In The Blue - (31.5) (31) (22) (30.5) (51.4) (53) (52.2 ) 61 
Booo (Outlaw) - (123.5) (108.5) (115) (215) (219.5) (223.5) (191.5) 49.5
Nursey - (82) (105) (154) (144) (174) (144) (39) 48
Posh Twat - (191) (144) (223) (197.5) (221) (219.5) (193.5) 47 
Alibear30 - (51) (85)(136) (156) (131) (181) (225) 35 

July Andrews 
Alex_h - (80) (90) (93) (153) (155) (174.3) 133.7 
Cake - (78) (17) (72) (79) (104) (147) 113 
IronSmiff Too - (52.7) (38.9) (75) (53.6) (39.3) (52.2) 104 
Proven Robbie - (179.5) (222) (279) (275) (354) (314) 57.5 
Blisters (135) (80) (215) (145) (198) (208) 11

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:50

Still fairly warm out, even though it's almost 9pm here. Swimming tonight was interesting - I've rarely seen so many people in the water at one time. John and I together with another couple of freestyle swimmers had to keep our wits about us and weave through the kids and breaststrokers coming towards us. Normally we swim in the fast lanes but tonight they had a youngsters training group in there being put through a quite gruelling workout.

Hope Red enjoyed her marathon and was happy with her time, knowing her I'm sure she had a good run.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 13:35

Checked the sensor in the van and it shows 41c! So the dogs will have to stay home when I leave to meet John at the pool this afternoon. Think I've got all the exam stuff down pat now - I watched online videos of dogs competing in each of the exams we will be attempting, there are a lot of examples out there, such as IPO spr2 Kangee ( security work) and O-Moxie vom Geistwasser UPR1 (obedience) - that dog made a grave error in running past the hurdle instead of jumping it.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:44

Still hot here, predicted to climb to as much as 35c, I fervently hope not. I have spent the morning learning the differences between levels 1, 2, and 3 of my dogs' exams. Charlie will be doing level 1 obedience and Nemo level 2 security work at the end of September. Both dog and handler are judged - I could also lose points if I for instance don't take my dogs the correct number of paces for each exercise!

Swimming tonight, and a very light supper. Tomorrow is supposed to be back down to the 20s, I shall rejoice. Could really do with rain.

Familiar friendly competion - 2015

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:21

Very short run in 32c temperature

Awesome August

Cheggers - (450) (259) (497) (487) (556) (533) (459) 424
Goldstone (IM Wales) - (147.1) (156.7) (195.7) (155) (205.1) (237.4) (257.4) 281.9
AlGiff - (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (64) 175 
WildWill (Vichy) - (111.5) (57.2) (159) (254) (237) (220.6) (203) 145.1 
Long John Silver (89.5) (73.5) (58) (89) (70) (58.5) (125) 130
Rafi (loads and loads) 101 
Maths - (177) (107) (156 ) (192) (175) (132) (174) 101
BamBamTri - (110) (90) (116) (94) (20) (18) (33) 100 
BluePeter - (230) (249) (307) (309) (225) (166) (91) 96
Ironwolf - (98.5) (84) (115) (94) (97) (57.5) (140.5) 88 
Southern Snail - (138) (123.5) (69.5) (70) (110) (40) (69) 85 
Trogs - (164.5)(125.1)(191.9)(182.5)(213)(177.7)(133.4) 69.1 
In The Blue - (31.5) (31) (22) (30.5) (51.4) (53) (52.2 ) 58 
Booo (Outlaw) - (123.5) (108.5) (115) (215) (219.5) (223.5) (191.5) 49.5
Nursey - (82) (105) (154) (144) (174) (144) (39) 48
Posh Twat - (191) (144) (223) (197.5) (221) (219.5) (193.5) 41 
Alibear30 - (51) (85)(136) (156) (131) (181) (225) 35 

July Andrews 
Alex_h - (80) (90) (93) (153) (155) (174.3) 133.7 
Cake - (78) (17) (72) (79) (104) (147) 113 
IronSmiff Too - (52.7) (38.9) (75) (53.6) (39.3) (52.2) 104 
Proven Robbie - (179.5) (222) (279) (275) (354) (314) 57.5 
Blisters (135) (80) (215) (145) (198) (208) 11

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:19

It's over 30c here again and very humid, quite unpleasant. No training done. Salad for dinner tonight.

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