The Rip Van Wrinkler, XXIII, Issue 1, February 2019

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Training Conversation

1. ASFA planning their version of CABT.

2. Our little "rat fink" dogs.

3. REMINDER - Say NO to invisible fencing.

4. Sandpaper skateboards.

5. Wonderful video.

ASFA planning their version of CABT


Statement of Purpose: The American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) Lure Chasing Instinct Stake
(trial) will evaluate each dog’s ability and desire to chase away or catch the artificial lure. Each dog will be
individually competing against the other dogs in the manner of singles stakes at field trials for sighthounds.
This program is optional for ASFA approved clubs using ASFA approved judges only. The club hosting
this program will run this as a separate stake during the regular trial and may set entry limits for this stake.
Clubs may also run this as a separate trial.
The standard ASFA running rules will guide these events with the following modifications.
Chapter I
General Rules
Section 1. All dogs entered must have a registration number via one of the following:
A. AKC Registration as one of the recognized breeds.
B. AKC Canine Partners, which is for mixed-breed dogs and dogs ineligible for AKC registration.
C. Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program, which is for purebred dogs that cannot be fully
registered with the AKC to participate in AKC events.
D. Foundation Stock Service® (FSS), which is for recorded breeds on the road to full AKC
E. United Kennel Club (UKC) registration as one of the recognized breeds.
F. If the dog has none of the above registrations, ASFA will provide a unique and permanent entry
number for a one-time $10 charge.
1. The owner has to complete an ASFA Request for unique entry number.
2. The Trial Secretary will submit a copy of the form with the records.
3. The owner will retain a copy as proof of request and payment until permanent number is
Section 2. The owner or agent entering a dog in a lure field trial does so at his own risk. The owner or
agent and licensed club agree to abide by the rules of the ASFA.

Lisa Stewart I may be able to work this into their next trick dog level routine. Bolt and Maddie are almost always carrying a toy around in their mouths.

Liner stole this one.

Kristine Dougherty I’ve not figured out why, but Oz always grabs a toy from the toy box on his way to the crates where they have breakfast and dinner. I have to clean his crate out every few days and put all the toys back.

Lisa Stewart mine want to go outside with a toy in their mouth every time I open the door to the backyard. Fortunatley I have made a game with Bolt and Maddie to see who can get the most toys brought in the house when I tell them to go get their toys.

Harley Dering's favorite toy.

Kristine Dougherty I did get Ozzie to get my shoe for me last night when it fell off the bed and tumbled a few feet away while I was getting ready to take them for a walk. He seemed to find it an odd request but he finally came over and did a nice front holding my walking shoe!

Sally Wuornos My instructor says big enough to not pinch the dogs lips, but no more than a 1/2 inch between the outer edge of dumbbell and lips.

Deann Haggard I go so far back that the retrieving ones were just wood! And yes, the scent ones were metal, wood and leather, but for my Sheltie I used very small and light weight scent ones, as he hated to carry anything in his mouth. They used to sell them at dog shows, when they were all conformation and obedience only. That way you could try them. Don't know if they still do.

Our little "rat fink" dogs.

Andrea Stone

The way I train, and the way many people train now, favors problem solving in a lot of ways. I encourage and enjoy dogs that think through problems and show persistence. These traits are not often enjoyed in pet homes but goodness, I do love my little rat fink dogs!

Andrea Stone One rat fink just stole the bath mat and other is currently scanning the kitchen table.

Brenda Phillips Because I haven't trained my dogs to wait patiently for their turn, I often do short training sessions in the bedroom or bathroom, with the others locked out. Now when I take a handful of treats INTO a room they of course follow me, so I throw one, ttwo, three treats OUT the door to get the "not wanted now" ones to leave. NONE OF THEM LEAVE to get the thrown treats, they want to stay for the training session!

Andrea Stone "She must me you two."

Andrea Stone I get the "Here, or here? Which? Who? Kitchen? No? Okay!"

Jackie Krenetz Dering Out of necessity last year Luke learned This is for Harley.

Jackie Krenetz Dering I must say I have always enjoyed these traits.

Suzanne LaCroix Had puppy people here today and my two and one year olds capitalized on the opportunity to demonstrate total Basenji chaos. Pulled the tablecloth, breaking the Christmas napkins holder, spreading cocktail napkins everywhere (those that weren't in t…See More

Sally Wuornos Yup, let them see what a basenji is capable of. I should have kept the door knob that Del had chewed up trying to get out the door!


Participation in the AKC FIT DOGSo the collar works to keep your dog in? What about other animals out?

Here's a lesson for those of you using, or considering, invisible fencing. by Michael J. McCann

I got a call from my vet last night: her daughter had put her dogs in the yard when she got home from school, and an hour later, one of them, a terrier mix, was missing. She told me that she thought a coyote had grabbed him.

I ran over with my infrared camera, as it was after dark. It took us over an hour, but, we found him a couple hundred yards from home. He had fought off the coyote and most likely tried to get home. The shock collar around his neck had prevented his return, so he went back into the woods to lay down to die. When we found him he was pretty torn up with a temp of 94°F. It looks like we got to him just in time.

Invisible fencing is not going to keep animals, or other threats out of your yard. If your dog runs through the barrier in persuit of a critter, he's going to get corrected by that collar if he tries to get back. Please don't even think about installing this: especially for greyhounds.

Teaching Self Nail Trimming

by Lisa Stewart

Lisa with Maddie and Bolt.

How to Build a Dog Nail Scratchboard

Scratchboards are easy to make.   All you need is sandpaper, a base and a method to attach it to the stable surface.  One easy method is to tape a sheet of sand paper to a clipboard.  There are also peel and stick sandpaper safety treads that are used for stairs and skateboards.   I purchased the peel and stick treads as I already had an old skateboard that we were using for trick training. If you have a 2 x 4, you can staple or tape sandpaper around the surface, but I liked a wider piece of wood for added stability.


It’s recommended to introduce nail filing using 80 grit sandpaper. This softer grit is more comfortable during the learning stage and less likely to scratch paw pads. The sandpaper treads are 80 grit.  Once your dog learns to drag only her nails across the scratchboard, lower the grit size slowly. Remember, higher grit numbers mean softer (less abrasive) grit, which will slowly file back your dog’s nails. Most dogs are comfortable dragging their nails across 30-40 grit sandpaper, which files down nails fast. 

Placement of Scratchboard

For most dogs maximum nail filing is achieved when placing the scratchboard at a 45-degree angle to the ground. At this angle, your dog files the bottom portion first and then the middle and top of nail, forming a nice rounded and smooth nail. When keeping the scratchboard flat on the ground, you get a blunter bottom portion instead of a rounded nail tip, which seemed to grow out faster. In the beginning, your dog will drag one front paw at a time across the scratchboard. The goal is scratching two front paws (digging style) across the scratchboard, making dog nail trims quick and fun. When training the scratchboard I moved the treat from one side of the board to the other to change the angle that was being scratched to more evenly trim both sides of the nails.

First Training Sessions

Goal: Training should be fun and Positive   I do most of my training sitting down with the pups in front of me and treats in one hand.  Clickers can be used to reinforce.

1.    Place bottom of board on floor and lean top against your leg. The front should be facing your dog. I like to demonstrate behaviors to my dogs.  For this one I touched the board and showed them a treat, then waited for a response.

2.    When your dog looks at, walks toward or touches a front paw on the board, click and give a treat.

3.    Practice 5-10 times and end training session.

Paw on Board

Goal: Teach dog to touch paw to board.

1.    Place board on ground with top portion leaning against your legs.

2.    Click and treat paw touches (either paw or both) even if for a nanosecond.

3.    After 5-10 treats, end training session.

An alternate method of introducing the scratch board is to first teach your dog to dig.  This is done by using a small blanket or towel, and treats.  Place the cloth on the floor and put a few treats underneath.  Your dog should dig for the treats.  Reward for digging.  After a few times of doing this exercise, put the board on the floor and cover it with the cloth and treats, this will get the dog digging and finding the board, gradually remove the cloth and reward for scratching the board.  I did not need to use this method for my dogs as I had already taught them several tricks that involved targeting with their paws and it was easy to channel them into touching the board.  This method would work for scratch trimming rear nails with a digging motion.

Agility lesson with Hannah (5 yrs. old), Ch. Obike (13 yrs. old) with Nicholas (2 yrs.old) watching.

Their able instructor/narrator is Natalie Culver.


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