Isaac vom Geistwasser

A BLOG about a DOG

Slacking on updates

Haven’t been updating the site too much lately so here’s a little something something.

Isaac hasn’t done any OB in forever and has been spending the majority of the time in his crate or kennel except for a few trips to soccer games, daily walks and to get out and bark for a ball 5 or 10 minutes at a time. His barking is coming along nicely IMHO, the only issue I see is that he has developed a little habit of sitting and barking because no one else can hold him and I haven’t been back tieing him. He seems to understand what’s going on and I hope it transitions to a helper.

I lied above about being in his crate or kennel, because I’ve also started taking him on bike rides 3 times a week. doing between 1.5 and 3.5 miles in @ between 7 and 9.5 MPH (rule book range). Figure if he washes out because of protection I can at least get him an AD (assuming I can make it 12 miles). Kennel/Crate statement is probably more accurate stating that other than tracking, barking for ball, walks, and bike rides and a couple soccer games he doesn’t get to hang out with anyone and just chill.

Have been doing some tracking, though after checking the rule book for SchH 1 track I might be on the short side of a SchH 1 track. Still a lot of food, but he skips most of it because he knows there is a jackpot at the end.

From where we were with ball drive Isaac has made 200% progress. He’s got fire coming out of his ass (that’s a relative statement). I think once we start with OB he’ll actually work for the ball…he looks for it, roots for it, barks for it, and plays tug with it. At soccer games he’ll show more interest in the ball than what’s going on around him, would rather play and stay engaged than sniff the ground. So maybe the days of him walking on the field and being more interested in the environment than the ball are over (please).

He has definitely matured a lot in the past couple months, still a little goofy, but not totally Marmaduke…more a combination of Snoopy and Hootch (from Turner and Hootch)…he’ll bark at fishermen in the backyard if they are the ‘normals’ instead of just staring at them. He still isn’t Barky Mic Bark Bark, but I think a bark and hold might be feasible.

Have been skipping going to training because it was just frustrating to watch him stand there and not engage and figured I was just wasting my time until he was ready. Seems that he’s more comfortable barking/pushing for a toy so maybe the time is right. Have kept him used to sitting in the crate in the car by taking him to Ric and Diane’s on occasion at night while I’m sitting and chilling out with them.

Here is a video of the ‘dog cam’ I posted a while back on youtube, you may vomit if you watch this…..this was a failed experiment in what I thought would be cool.

Steve Romard Training for 2009 GSD National Championhips

Since Steve removed this from his FB wall I felt the need to share it here, need to make sure it continues to make the google dance!

Yet another video of Steve Romard training for the 2009 GSD National Championships has been leaked. I feel sorry for the dogs on the back half!

Isaac isn’t a racist

Isaac had his first trip out to a soccer game this year (it was in Rockford, IL which can only be describe as the 7th layer of hell). Got yelled at in the parking lot (way in the back of a grass field) for having him off leash. I was playing ball with him to take the edge off before meeting the public and to get him to relieve himself. He took a giant dump as the rent-a-cop walked over to reprimand me (I cleaned it up). I put him on his lead.

There were 3 or 4 little rat dogs running around and he behaved himself. He also got a lot of attention from kids ranging in age from 3 to 14 of Hispanic decent. Kerry will argue that because I’m pointing this out I’m a racist, but this is probably the first time he’s seen ‘brown’ people in mass. He was very well behaved, didn’t steal anyone’s soccer ball, and only licked the 3 year old a couple of times.

He was obsessed with the ball I had in my pocket (even with stuff going on around us) which was good to see. Not just walking around sniffing the ground like his old self, so maybe he’ll work for the ball at the club some day (still not doing any OB with him). He was pushy pushy for it making good eye contact, rooting with his nose, pawing at it, and even barking. Keeping him even more contained than I used to and keeping the ball play down to 1 or 2 minutes have paid off. He’s still has issues and his drive isn’t over the top, but it might just be workable for OB. He sure is maturing slowly….I need to keep that in mind.

Isaac isn't a racist

Isaac had his first trip out to a soccer game this year (it was in Rockford, IL which can only be describe as the 7th layer of hell). Got yelled at in the parking lot (way in the back of a grass field) for having him off leash. I was playing ball with him to take the edge off before meeting the public and to get him to relieve himself. He took a giant dump as the rent-a-cop walked over to reprimand me (I cleaned it up). I put him on his lead.

There were 3 or 4 little rat dogs running around and he behaved himself. He also got a lot of attention from kids ranging in age from 3 to 14 of Hispanic decent. Kerry will argue that because I’m pointing this out I’m a racist, but this is probably the first time he’s seen ‘brown’ people in mass. He was very well behaved, didn’t steal anyone’s soccer ball, and only licked the 3 year old a couple of times.

He was obsessed with the ball I had in my pocket (even with stuff going on around us) which was good to see. Not just walking around sniffing the ground like his old self, so maybe he’ll work for the ball at the club some day (still not doing any OB with him). He was pushy pushy for it making good eye contact, rooting with his nose, pawing at it, and even barking. Keeping him even more contained than I used to and keeping the ball play down to 1 or 2 minutes have paid off. He’s still has issues and his drive isn’t over the top, but it might just be workable for OB. He sure is maturing slowly….I need to keep that in mind.

Swimming Lessons

Noah, Bethany and I gave Isaac some swimming lessons today in the backyard. He’s coming along pretty well in the water. Oh and then Isaac got a bath in the driveway.