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Sava Sara Brakada, AKA Xsara was born on 06-27-2004. She was raised in Kennel Brakada spending the first two months of her life on beautiful countryside Gorenjska (Slovenia) with her siblings and parents. As soon as she came to Ljubljana we started a puppy class, followed by an obedience class. She passed her B-bh exam with 96 points (instructor Agility EO winner Polona Bonač). We now continue with Rally-Obedience under Polona's supervision. Our biggest passion however is Agility. We started our first Agility class in October 2005 (club Agility Ilirija, instructor Silvia Trkman, two times agility world champion). When Silvia stopped teaching agility classes, we switched to Daša Zakotnik. We regularly participate in Agility trials in Slovenia and sometimes abroad. Xsara also loves to learn new dog tricks, you can see some of them in our videos. Her other passions include long walks, big meals and playing with dogs, specially her pyr shep sister Tani, her crazy agility pals and her sister Sena.

Check out our Tricks and Agility Vids


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Back in the Saddle

Yes, we got rid of the stupid collar-satellite-lampshade or however you want to call it. And Xsara's tummy looks fine so I let her run around with her friend this morning. It started to snow again so I had to put on her shoe, but it doesn't bother her anymore. It doesn't look like the snow is going to stick, though, since it already turned into rain.

However I noticed some behavioural changes since the operation. I don't think it's hormones, I think she just got so scared because of the procedure. She is very shy around other dogs and she is afraid to do something wrong. We are working on a new trick and when we start a lesson I have to encourage her a lot more than usually. I am more generous with rewards and I keep telling her she's the best and that she can't do anything I wouldn't like. This only lasts a couple of minutes and then everything is back to normal, the tail is wagging and she performs beautifully again. But then the next training session again, starts with her feeling insecure.

I try to encourage her as much as I can during the day, when I see her behaving bravely (I don't ignore the shyness but I try not to reward it too much either. When she gets shy I only use verbal encouragement if possible because I don't want her to think that I want her to be insecure). The progress is evident, we managed to really shorten these flashes of insecurity and hopefully they will disappear soon.

I'm taking her to the agility training on Monday, if she won't feel like jumping yet (which I highly doubt, by the way!), we will just play with a ball or tug or do some tricks there. It's an important part of her life and I want her to know we will still be playing agility together.

Another thing: I want to thank CollieMan for the beautiful post he's written and for the poster he made for Xsara (with the soccer ball). That was really nice of you, so thank you again :)


Pacco de Mongrel said...

is great to hear that u are now back to training...

there's no need for a rush, i know you will be back in your confident self very soon...

serendipity said...

Yay, no more e-collar! Good to know things are back to normal for you, Xsara!

Thor said...

Hi Xsara! I hope that everything come back to the normal and you can make your exercises without fear!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Xsara!
Yeah! No more headcone! I am sure everything will be normal for you very soon! Don't be shy! We all know you are the best!
Kisses and hugs

Ellie's Owner said...

Glad to hear things are getting back to normal. I think it's to be expected that she's not quite up to her usual standard yet, but I'm sure that will come in good time.

I suspect that the "shyness" around other dogs is a self-preservation thing. As she has an injury, it's in her interests to not take chances with other dogs. Again, I'd bet that sorts itself out in time too.

As for the "beautiful post" - you two make it incredibly easy to say nice things! :)

Keep on tricking!

Amber-Mae said...

Thank DOG that the collar is finally off you! You must feel sooo much better but I wonder why you're not so confident as before? very strange indeed...But I think all will be back to normal if you keep playing Agility & doing lots of tricks becoz tricks helps to build your drive. I don't do any tricks before I start running but mommy commands me to bark becoz that really makes me wanna GO!!!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Girasol said...

Glad to see xsara with the collar. Everything it's going to be right, don't worry.

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spotts said...

I love your blog, all the pictures are wonderful. Ok, where did you find the little beagle curser? how cute!!

The Army of Four said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better! And no more lampshade! Ha rooooooo!
I'm sure you'll get over the shyness thing. Trust your moma, Xsara! She loves you.
Play bows,