OCD: Obsessive Corgi Disorder
sawyerthecorgi:

emmathebean:

ESBC: The Finale
This week we are going to do something a bit different. This week we are going to open up the floor a bit. This final week you have two options - you can work on a trick you always wanted to learn or create a new trick.
Some suggestions on Creating a New Trick (via my Controlled Unleashed Class):
Pick a target item. A leg movement, an ear flick, a tag wag etc then click repeatedly (or signal) til you dog picks up the cue. From here, it might start evolving and you have to make some choices as what you want to start rewarding for beyond this point. If her ear flicks, are you rewarding it for just one ear going back. Are we working on our Stink Eye? Maybe, click for one eye blinking for an extended period. The “trick” should start evolving and become something it’s not. Your dog will by the end of the week or period may start offering up a completely different behavior. It’s fun to see what they come up with or are willing to offer you.
Tips: Have fun, short sessions, and high value treats. I’d recommend a clicker if you are going to Create a Trick - it’s just easier.
Deadline: February 3rd (I posted late, sorry!)
How You Can Show Off on Sunday: If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC I’ll try and look as best as I can for posts, and reblog them. If I miss yours, just send one of us a note.
If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Kayley & Sawyer or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.
ESBC IS FOR ALL DOGS, NOT JUST CORGIS. WE WELCOME ALL BREEDS, COLOURS, RELIGIONS  FLUFF COUNT, AND IF YOU CAN GET YOUR CAT/GOAT TO DO THESE TRICKS WE WANT THEM TOO!

Get creative this week! This is the time to tackle a trick you’ve always wanted to try, or work on something that’s been giving you and your pup trouble!
Look forward to seeing everyones progress! Sawyer and I will be trying out some agility moves. 

Rah rah shish boom kah! GooooooOOoooooooooOOoOOO corgis and non-corgis!!

sawyerthecorgi:

emmathebean:

ESBC: The Finale

This week we are going to do something a bit different. This week we are going to open up the floor a bit. This final week you have two options - you can work on a trick you always wanted to learn or create a new trick.

Some suggestions on Creating a New Trick (via my Controlled Unleashed Class):

  • Pick a target item. A leg movement, an ear flick, a tag wag etc then click repeatedly (or signal) til you dog picks up the cue. From here, it might start evolving and you have to make some choices as what you want to start rewarding for beyond this point. If her ear flicks, are you rewarding it for just one ear going back. Are we working on our Stink Eye? Maybe, click for one eye blinking for an extended period. The “trick” should start evolving and become something it’s not. Your dog will by the end of the week or period may start offering up a completely different behavior. It’s fun to see what they come up with or are willing to offer you.

Tips: Have fun, short sessions, and high value treats. I’d recommend a clicker if you are going to Create a Trick - it’s just easier.

Deadline: February 3rd (I posted late, sorry!)

How You Can Show Off on Sunday: If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC I’ll try and look as best as I can for posts, and reblog them. If I miss yours, just send one of us a note.

If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Kayley & Sawyer or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.

ESBC IS FOR ALL DOGS, NOT JUST CORGIS. WE WELCOME ALL BREEDS, COLOURS, RELIGIONS  FLUFF COUNT, AND IF YOU CAN GET YOUR CAT/GOAT TO DO THESE TRICKS WE WANT THEM TOO!

Get creative this week! This is the time to tackle a trick you’ve always wanted to try, or work on something that’s been giving you and your pup trouble!

Look forward to seeing everyones progress! Sawyer and I will be trying out some agility moves. 

Rah rah shish boom kah! GooooooOOoooooooooOOoOOO corgis and non-corgis!!

emmathebean:


sawyerthecorgi:

2nd Annual ESBC: 2014

First off, I just want to say welcome back to everyone who participated in ESBC (Emma & Sawyer’s Blog Challenge) last year!
For any new faces I will just explain a little about ESBC. Last year, Emma’s corgmamma, Nicole messaged me and we had a conversation that went something like this,

Nicole: “Kayley, did you know January is National train your dog month?”
Kayley: “No way! We should totally do a challenge of trick for every week on the month”
Nicole: “Ohhh that’s a really good idea, I bet other people on tumblr will want to participate too!”
Kayley: “Definitely!”
Nicole: “Send Sawyer here”
Kayley: “No”

Thus, ESBC was born! 
Usually those participating will post how their week is going with the given challenge. It’s also a time to ask for any tips/pointers if you’re having difficulty. At the end of the everyone usually posts a video or photo of their progress & accomplishments. We always make sure to tag all of our ESBC posts with #ESBC.
This year we are bringing back ESBC! We would like to try and focus on more foundations than “tricks”, but we will make sure to throw at least one or two tricks to show off to your friends!
On to the main event! (Drum roll, please)
(Photo donated by: Story & Paige!)
Week 1: Leave It
Tip: This will probably be one of (if not the) most important cues you will ever teach to your dog, therefore it should be consistent! Personally for us, leave it, means leave it FOREVER. So I usually have a second treat to then use take it command. Every trainer has their own little twist on how they like to see the cue followed. Make sure you teach your dog the way you feel most comfortable with. (If anyone would like to see a video of the method I use with Sawyer, I am happy to record one! Just send us a message)
For those that believe they have leave it down pat, try adding in distance and duration to make the challenge more difficult. Try turning your back to your dog, and see how strong your cue is. 
RESOURCES
Videos:
Clicker: Zak George (featuring a corgi puppy) 
Kiko Pup: Clicker
Text:
Quick and Dirty Tips: Leave it
Love your dog: Leave it/Take it
*Since there are 5 weeks in January this year we will make the deadline for the first challenge on the 12th.*
How You Can Show Off on Sunday: If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC I’ll try and look as best as I can for posts, and reblog them. If I miss yours, just send one of us a note.
If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Emma or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.
ESBC IS FOR ALL DOGS, NOT JUST CORGIS. WE WELCOME ALL BREEDS, COLOURS, RELIGIONS  FLUFF COUNT, AND IF YOU CAN GET YOUR CAT/GOAT TO DO THESE TRICKS WE WANT THEM TOO!


We hope that you will join us again for another round of ESBC. No one says you have to be amazing, it’s just about working with your dog.

emmathebean:

sawyerthecorgi:

2nd Annual ESBC: 2014

First off, I just want to say welcome back to everyone who participated in ESBC (Emma & Sawyer’s Blog Challenge) last year!

For any new faces I will just explain a little about ESBC. Last year, Emma’s corgmamma, Nicole messaged me and we had a conversation that went something like this,

Nicole: “Kayley, did you know January is National train your dog month?”

Kayley: “No way! We should totally do a challenge of trick for every week on the month”

Nicole: “Ohhh that’s a really good idea, I bet other people on tumblr will want to participate too!”

Kayley: “Definitely!”

Nicole: “Send Sawyer here”

Kayley: “No”

Thus, ESBC was born! 

Usually those participating will post how their week is going with the given challenge. It’s also a time to ask for any tips/pointers if you’re having difficulty. At the end of the everyone usually posts a video or photo of their progress & accomplishments. We always make sure to tag all of our ESBC posts with #ESBC.

This year we are bringing back ESBC! We would like to try and focus on more foundations than “tricks”, but we will make sure to throw at least one or two tricks to show off to your friends!

On to the main event! (Drum roll, please)

(Photo donated by: Story & Paige!)

Week 1: Leave It

Tip: This will probably be one of (if not the) most important cues you will ever teach to your dog, therefore it should be consistent! Personally for us, leave it, means leave it FOREVER. So I usually have a second treat to then use take it command. Every trainer has their own little twist on how they like to see the cue followed. Make sure you teach your dog the way you feel most comfortable with. (If anyone would like to see a video of the method I use with Sawyer, I am happy to record one! Just send us a message)

For those that believe they have leave it down pat, try adding in distance and duration to make the challenge more difficult. Try turning your back to your dog, and see how strong your cue is. 

RESOURCES

Videos:

Clicker: Zak George (featuring a corgi puppy) 

Kiko Pup: Clicker

Text:

Quick and Dirty Tips: Leave it

Love your dog: Leave it/Take it

*Since there are 5 weeks in January this year we will make the deadline for the first challenge on the 12th.*

How You Can Show Off on Sunday: If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC I’ll try and look as best as I can for posts, and reblog them. If I miss yours, just send one of us a note.

If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Emma or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.

ESBC IS FOR ALL DOGS, NOT JUST CORGIS. WE WELCOME ALL BREEDS, COLOURS, RELIGIONS  FLUFF COUNT, AND IF YOU CAN GET YOUR CAT/GOAT TO DO THESE TRICKS WE WANT THEM TOO!

We hope that you will join us again for another round of ESBC. No one says you have to be amazing, it’s just about working with your dog.

corkidorki:

I told him about his status as an ESBC co-winner:
“Yeah I did a good job, high five!”

Yeah!!

corkidorki:

I told him about his status as an ESBC co-winner:

“Yeah I did a good job, high five!”

Yeah!!

corkidorki:

Started a little late this week, but Corki has worked for his strawberries!

  1. Side view - it appears that’s as low as his butt can go without him being unable to move.
  2. Front view - I don’t know why he didn’t crawl himself directly to the strawberry!
  3. He got tired.

PAWESOME

sawyerthecorgi:

ESBC Week 4: Crawl [The Final Week!]
After last weeks blanket roll, crawl should be fairly simple.
Nicole and I just wanted to thank everyone for their amazing participation. We are so proud of everyone, 2 legs and 4. We could have never expected just a fantastic outcome when we decided to do our little challenge. We truly appreciate all the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm you have given throughout these past 4 weeks.
We’ve decided since so many of you were/are so excited about learning new tricks, we thought it would be fun to continue on with ESBC. It wouldn’t be every week, but every 2 weeks or every month. If you’re interested in this, please let us now!
Good luck to everyone on their final week of ESBC! [Don’t forget there will be a prize rewarded at the end of the challenge!]
Videos:
Clicker Training Tutorials: Crawl with Clicker
Dog 101 Workbook Cards - Page 1 | Page 2
Advice from Sawyer’s Mom: Try creating a tunnel with your legs, lure your dogs under your legs to keep them moving in the down position.
Also, if your dog keeps standing up, try moving a treat between their paws from side to side, slowly inching forward.
If you run into trouble - post or ask a question on Tumblr! If we can’t help, someone out there will know!
Tips: Remember to keep training sessions short (no longer than 15 minutes) and fun! This is play for everyone.
How You Can Show Off on Sunday:
If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC . We have been liking and reblogging all the posts using that particular tag and will continue to do so through-out the challenge.
If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Emma or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.

If y’all are trying for your tricks for treats, here is the last ESBC TRICK OF THE WEEK! The corgi crawl! 

sawyerthecorgi:

ESBC Week 4: Crawl [The Final Week!]

After last weeks blanket roll, crawl should be fairly simple.

Nicole and I just wanted to thank everyone for their amazing participation. We are so proud of everyone, 2 legs and 4. We could have never expected just a fantastic outcome when we decided to do our little challenge. We truly appreciate all the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm you have given throughout these past 4 weeks.

We’ve decided since so many of you were/are so excited about learning new tricks, we thought it would be fun to continue on with ESBC. It wouldn’t be every week, but every 2 weeks or every month. If you’re interested in this, please let us now!

Good luck to everyone on their final week of ESBC! [Don’t forget there will be a prize rewarded at the end of the challenge!]

Videos:

Clicker Training Tutorials: Crawl with Clicker

Dog 101 Workbook Cards - Page 1 | Page 2

Advice from Sawyer’s MomTry creating a tunnel with your legs, lure your dogs under your legs to keep them moving in the down position.

Also, if your dog keeps standing up, try moving a treat between their paws from side to side, slowly inching forward.

If you run into trouble - post or ask a question on Tumblr! If we can’t help, someone out there will know!

Tips: Remember to keep training sessions short (no longer than 15 minutes) and fun! This is play for everyone.

How You Can Show Off on Sunday:

If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC . We have been liking and reblogging all the posts using that particular tag and will continue to do so through-out the challenge.

If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Emma or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.

If y’all are trying for your tricks for treats, here is the last ESBC TRICK OF THE WEEK! The corgi crawl! 

Blanket/”Sushi” Roll

sawyerthecorgi:

corkidorki:

image

My favourite part is when the little bugger stares at the camera because he really wants that tiny piece of sweet potato

amazing.

This will be the most amazing gif you see all week. You are welcome. 

emmathebean:

ESBC Week 3: Blanket Roll
The above gif should say it all. Your dog has to roll themselves (burrito style) into a blanket. This one might require teaching more than 1 command depending on how you tackle it.
Videos:
How to do a Blanket Roll - Owner Video 
Pig in a Blanket Video (More of a Demo video, but comments have some helpful tips)
Dog 101 Book - Page 1 | Page 2
If you run into trouble - post or ask a question on Tumblr! If we can’t help, someone out there will know!
Tips: Remember to keep training sessions short (no longer than 15 minutes) and fun! This is play for everyone.
How You Can Show Off on Sunday:
If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC . We have been liking and reblogging all the posts using that particular tag and will continue to do so through-out the challenge.
If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Emma or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.
(Edit: If you know of another video or helpful link - let me know! This one was a little hard to find resources on.)

Y’all ready? Trick #3! 

emmathebean:

ESBC Week 3: Blanket Roll

The above gif should say it all. Your dog has to roll themselves (burrito style) into a blanket. This one might require teaching more than 1 command depending on how you tackle it.

Videos:

How to do a Blanket Roll - Owner Video

Pig in a Blanket Video (More of a Demo video, but comments have some helpful tips)

Dog 101 Book - Page 1 | Page 2

If you run into trouble - post or ask a question on Tumblr! If we can’t help, someone out there will know!

Tips: Remember to keep training sessions short (no longer than 15 minutes) and fun! This is play for everyone.

How You Can Show Off on Sunday:

If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC . We have been liking and reblogging all the posts using that particular tag and will continue to do so through-out the challenge.

If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Emma or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.

(Edit: If you know of another video or helpful link - let me know! This one was a little hard to find resources on.)

Y’all ready? Trick #3! 

thecorgi:

Jens Peter, sitting pretty muddy.

Looking forward to next week’s challenge for ESBC!

JP showing off his awesome core strength!

So proud of all the corgis accomplishing week #2s weekly trick challenge!!! It’s a hard trick to do if your corgi is extra long. If you haven’t joined in on the fun, it’s not too late! Join us for when they post trick #3… coming SOON! 

corkidorki:

Corki did it! 

Thanks Emma & Sawyer for the challenge! I never bothered to teach Corki this one due to his long body, but thought I’d give it a whirl for the sake of the challenge, and I’m glad I did!

(Please excuse the holiday decorations, it’s still on my to do list to take them down…)

The majority of the first attempts was him smiling and pawing my hand for the treat (and balance). Then he started doing the ‘Woah woah losing balance..!” (pic #2), and finally today, he did it! It’s still not super consistent so we’ll continue working on it. 

He gets pretty pooped after each session. His co-human suggested we get him an ab roller. Imagine that, a corgi using an ab roller, ha!

Wow, very nice!!!

snickmom:

Warning- Sit Pretty is so adorable, your dog will quickly learn to use it to melt the heart of even the most determined owner. It is not unusual for me to be diligently working at my desk and FEEL the cuteness. I turn, and look, and there is a little corgi, sitting pretty, kind of wavering as she tries to maintain her balance long enough to silently get my attention. Works. Every. Time.

This is true. You teach your corgi to sit pretty — and that’s it. It’s over. Cuteness will win every time. 

snickmom:

Warning- Sit Pretty is so adorable, your dog will quickly learn to use it to melt the heart of even the most determined owner. It is not unusual for me to be diligently working at my desk and FEEL the cuteness. I turn, and look, and there is a little corgi, sitting pretty, kind of wavering as she tries to maintain her balance long enough to silently get my attention. Works. Every. Time.

This is true. You teach your corgi to sit pretty — and that’s it. It’s over. Cuteness will win every time. 

sawyerthecorgi:

(Photo: Mr. Sam Vimes showing off his sit pretty)
First on behalf of Nicole (Emma’s mom) and myself, I just wanted to congratulate everyone that has participated in ESBC so far. The first week was super successful and it was great to see everyone’s pups improve through-out the week. Great job, everyone!
Challenge Two: Sit Pretty
Some Resources:
Expert Village - Sit Pretty
Zak George - Sit Pretty 
Clicker Training Tutorials - Sit Pretty w/ clicker
If you run into trouble - post or ask a question on Tumblr! If we can’t help, someone out there will know!
Tips: Remember to keep training sessions short (no longer than 15 minutes) and fun! This is play for everyone.
How You Can Show Off on Sunday:
If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC . We have been liking and reblogging all the posts using that particular tag and will continue to do so through-out the challenge.
If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Emma or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus

You guys, I was really proud of how many corgis participated in the weekly challenge! It is fun teaching your corgi a new trick (and at times, really frustrating). But once they have it, you AND your poopster feel really great. 
Sit pretty might be hard for the long ones out there. Pudge still doesn’t really have the muscle strength to “sit pretty” after months of trying (he’s really, really long). But he’s getting it! So don’t give up! Good luck! 

sawyerthecorgi:

(Photo: Mr. Sam Vimes showing off his sit pretty)

First on behalf of Nicole (Emma’s mom) and myself, I just wanted to congratulate everyone that has participated in ESBC so far. The first week was super successful and it was great to see everyone’s pups improve through-out the week. Great job, everyone!

Challenge Two: Sit Pretty

Some Resources:

Expert Village - Sit Pretty

Zak George - Sit Pretty 

Clicker Training Tutorials - Sit Pretty w/ clicker

If you run into trouble - post or ask a question on Tumblr! If we can’t help, someone out there will know!

Tips: Remember to keep training sessions short (no longer than 15 minutes) and fun! This is play for everyone.

How You Can Show Off on Sunday:

If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC . We have been liking and reblogging all the posts using that particular tag and will continue to do so through-out the challenge.

If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Emma or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus

You guys, I was really proud of how many corgis participated in the weekly challenge! It is fun teaching your corgi a new trick (and at times, really frustrating). But once they have it, you AND your poopster feel really great. 

Sit pretty might be hard for the long ones out there. Pudge still doesn’t really have the muscle strength to “sit pretty” after months of trying (he’s really, really long). But he’s getting it! So don’t give up! Good luck! 

emmathebean:

(The Talented JP demonstrating a Bow)
First challenge: Bow
Some Resources:
Dog 101 - Bow (no clicker)
Zak George - Bow (clicker)
If you run into trouble - post or ask a question on Tumblr! If we can’t help, someone out there will know!
Tips: Remember to keep training sessions short (no longer than 15 minutes) and fun! This is play for everyone.
How You Can Show Off on Sunday:
If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC I’ll try and look as best as I can for posts, and reblog them. If I miss yours, just send one of us a note.
If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Sawyer or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.

I started this challenge with Pudge today. He got it. But not with just a command, with me shoving delicious lamb loaf into his snout. It’s HARD to get a corgi to bow without them plopping their butts down! Legs so short! BODY SO LONG! 

emmathebean:

(The Talented JP demonstrating a Bow)

First challenge: Bow

Some Resources:

Dog 101 - Bow (no clicker)

Zak George - Bow (clicker)

If you run into trouble - post or ask a question on Tumblr! If we can’t help, someone out there will know!

Tips: Remember to keep training sessions short (no longer than 15 minutes) and fun! This is play for everyone.

How You Can Show Off on Sunday:

If you have Tumblr, and are going to upload to your blog. Please use the tag: ESBC I’ll try and look as best as I can for posts, and reblog them. If I miss yours, just send one of us a note.

If you don’t have Tumblr, we will turn on Submit on Sunday so that you can post to Sawyer or us a link/pictures/video of your tricks. If you want you can also leave a comment on Disqus.

I started this challenge with Pudge today. He got it. But not with just a command, with me shoving delicious lamb loaf into his snout. It’s HARD to get a corgi to bow without them plopping their butts down! Legs so short! BODY SO LONG!