DSO 2006, Beginner, A Nightmare on Lowell Street

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Postby mnp13 » August 3rd, 2006, 11:55 pm

What is a training trial? I had no idea before I went to the Dog Sports Open with Fraize & Co.

I've been to other trials, and they were nothing like this. It's a competition, but for those of us who went knowing we weren't going to be competitive it was a chance to learn and train in a trial setting. There was a crowd, strange decoys, odd tasks, farm animals....
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The theme for this year was "A nightmare on Lowell Street". For most of us, that conjures images of a red and black striped sweater and a scary clawed glove. But no... this is Cheryl's nightmare... delivering pizza, finding addresses, getting lost...

So we step on the field for the beginner level:

To the immediate left is the command center - Cheryl Carlson was our Mistress of Ceremonies and DJ extraordinaire.
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You either come with theme music or you will have it provided for you. I'd advise you to come with your own.

you head into your obedience routine. there are small houses with numbers on them as your markers. The beginner level is on leash. Heel from house number 1 to number 2.
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Turn right at 2 and stop at 3. Continue on to 4 and turn right again.

Over the loudspeaker... "Ring... Ring... phone's ringing, better hurry up, they're gonna call Domino's, you're gonna loose your job" Run with your dog in heel to the phone and answer it.
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"Hello?"
"Hi, I need a pizza delivered to xxxx Lowell Street, and make it fast!"
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So you pick up a pizza box and you and your dog head to your golf cart to deliver your pizza.
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Some of the dogs hopped right in and went for a ride
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Some dogs needed a little encouragement to get in
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Some didn't think the golf cart was a good idea at all. This is where the "training" part of "training trial" comes in. A couple of laps around the field and the dogs understand that there is nothing to be afraid of!
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So we arrive at the address.
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We can leave our dog in the car, or we can take our dog with us to make the delivery. We knock on the door and the person who comes out lets us know that we are at the wrong address. We need to go to the second floor.
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So we head to the elevator. Up we go to the "second floor"
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We finally arrive at the right address and knock on the door. A person emerges and takes the pizza box and gives you a tip.
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End of the obedience portion... on to protection.

First we have civil agitation in your lovely luxury truck. It's up to the handler to arrange the windows, some want them up, some down, some half way. The dog needs to defend the car from the approaching bad guy.
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After a successful defense of the car, we head to the tie out. While the bad "guys" watch what's going on.
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There is a stout post in the ground with a safety cable for backup. The handler holds their dog, while a stranger approaches and threatens you.
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The bad guy threatens the handler, not the dog and the dog has to keep them away.
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For dogs new to civil agitation, we switch to training mode so they can leave the exercise a winner.
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The final scenario is an attack on handler. The dog is put in a position of control (sit, down or stay) and you go to the end of your 6 foot leash. A bad guy approaches and speaks to you and then attacks.
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When your dog engages, you step back and let the dog take care of the problem.
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Well… you’re supposed to step back and let your dog take care of the problem.
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(He grabbed me, so I grabbed him back. Isn't that the way it's supposed to go? And then... over the loudspeaker... the voice of God (or was it Cheryl?) "Let go of the decoy...." :oops:)


Since this is training, the dogs that don’t bite the suit yet get to work tugs.
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When the threat is taken care of, you out your dog and you’re done!

Uh… Riggs, did you hear that? Let go now…
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Last edited by mnp13 on August 4th, 2006, 10:22 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby pocketpit » August 4th, 2006, 1:15 am

Oh my god that looks like so much fun!! Great narrative :D
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Postby bahamutt99 » August 4th, 2006, 3:27 am

I like the shot of the Giant Schnauzer (right?) nailing the guy in the butt. That's priceless!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » August 4th, 2006, 7:36 am

What fun!
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Postby Romanwild » August 4th, 2006, 8:09 am

Riggs won't let go because he's hungry.......like the wolf.


That looks like a real cool event. :D
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Postby mnp13 » August 4th, 2006, 8:16 am

It was a great time. I'll try to write up intermediate and advanced later today.

Chris stepped up and trained with people from "our group" and other people at the trial as well. It was interesting to watch him problem solve with dogs he had only seen for the last 3 minutes on the trial field.

It's too bad that all trials don't have this setup, it would make a huge difference for dogs and handlers.
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Postby Purple » August 4th, 2006, 8:24 am

OMG! That looked like great fun!
Did the elevator actually move? I couldn't really tell if it was rigged to move.
And, was there actually food in the pizza box, or just an empty box?
And the decoy with the crazy black hair.....fabulous arms!

Jeez, that just looked so fun!
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Postby mnp13 » August 4th, 2006, 10:23 am

Purple wrote:OMG! That looked like great fun!
Did the elevator actually move? I couldn't really tell if it was rigged to move.
And, was there actually food in the pizza box, or just an empty box?
And the decoy with the crazy black hair.....fabulous arms!

Jeez, that just looked so fun!


Yes, the elevator moved... how else would it be an "elevator"? :wink:

At the beginner level, the "pizza" was just a box.
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Postby cheekymunkee » August 4th, 2006, 11:29 am

That looks like so much fun!!!!
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Postby mnp13 » August 4th, 2006, 11:49 am

bahamutt99 wrote:I like the shot of the Giant Schnauzer (right?) nailing the guy in the butt. That's priceless!


Yup, that's what she is!
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Postby Malli » August 4th, 2006, 12:25 pm

You can tell Riggs that Oscar wouldn't let go either, and that he understands ;)

We would have had a great heel as long as I had the pizza box :lol3: if we were there....
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Postby Jenn » August 4th, 2006, 2:32 pm

I love the butt biting picture too lol
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Postby Romanwild » August 4th, 2006, 2:41 pm

I'm waiting for a picture of the boob bite. :)
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Postby mnp13 » August 4th, 2006, 2:44 pm

Romanwild wrote:I'm waiting for a picture of the boob bite. :)

Demo didn't take one and hopefully it won't end up in any videos!!
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Postby Takuma » August 12th, 2006, 11:56 am

Wow! That looks like so much fun.. :D After reading this, I've decided on having pizza for lunch today.
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Postby mnp13 » October 26th, 2006, 12:54 pm

YAY! YAY! YAY! YAY! YAY!!!!!

I just got my DSO tape and will be transferring parts of it to digital.

I'll post it as soon as I can!
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Postby SisMorphine » October 26th, 2006, 1:33 pm

On October 26 2006, 12:54 PM, mnp13 wrote:YAY! YAY! YAY! YAY! YAY!!!!!

I just got my DSO tape and will be transferring parts of it to digital.

I'll post it as soon as I can!

SWEET! I can't wait to see it :)
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Postby Miakoda » November 1st, 2006, 1:43 pm

Thanks for the pics! It makes me kind feel like I was there. :)
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