Sunday, March 21, 2010

Labradude v. Mastiff Backyard Agility

Dexter here! Ready to show you some REAL moves. I challenged the Relentlessly Huge to a backyard agility competition. Who won? Well, I will let you decide.

I do want to tell you that we both did all our tricks without what you call a lure. That means even the Relentlessly Unable to Figure Things Out has at least learned hand signals. Momma had yummers in her pockets, but that was only for AFTER our tricks. How about that?

Here is the movie! We are going to have to practice reframing our movies because the YouTube progress bar cuts off the bottom. Sheesh. Hope you don't miss too much action.

Oh, one more thing. Please ignore me jumping on momma like a cracker dog in the movie. I don't know what got in to me. Hehehe.

And the usual blurry stills...

Look at him trying to weave. The weave poles were totally demolished after he finished stuffing his wide body through them.

Unlike me. I barely touched them. Boing, boing, boing.

Oh yeah, and jumping? He took down every fence. Bam!

I admit I kind of clipped the first fence, but I cleared the rest in great style!

Can you even tell what this "trick" is supposed to be?

Now can you tell? That's right! Jump over momma's leggie!


OK, one thing that the big guy is good at is spinning. I will give him that.

But I think I do it with a bit more style.

Here's our latest... team spin!

Good thing we made this movie yesterday because this morning Momma says she has a very sore back from "sleeping funny." What's up with that? Sounds like a sorry excuse not to do housework to me.

And regarding my nice comfy couch bed. Well, when I was still a baby I liked to sleep there because it was out of reach of you know who and I made a deal with momma that as long as that was the ONLY furniture I got on that it could be my special spot. Of course the RH couldn't even figure out how to get on the couch even if he were allowed to. Tough break, big guy.

Dexter done!


JD and Max said...

Hey, nice moves there Dexter! And Mango - great spinning! Hmmm, our FH uses the 'slept funny' line whenever the garden needs doing - funny that! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Lola said...

Dexter, you're very impressive. Not really fair to compare a Labradude and a Mastiff in agility is it? I mean whe I see a Mastiff the first thing that occurs to me is NOT "I bet he rocks agility." If you had a competition that involved prodigious slobber who'd win? We all have our own special talents, don't we?

Jazzi said...

VERY impressive, WOW!!!!! You did and looked great out there. Mango did good too> WTG!!
Great team spinning!!

You both should be so proud!!

The OP Pack said...

Wow, we think you both did an awesome job. And don't you think there should be different sizes in weave poles? Poor Mango shouldn't be expected to do the same size as Pee Wee. We just loved the team spin. We want to see more - this was lots of fun.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

houndstooth said...

Dexter, you've got awesome moves! We're once again amazed by your talent! Um, perhaps they make Ridiculously Huge weave poles?


P.S. What kind of camera does your mom use to make your movies?

Anonymous said...

Oh, Dexter, I think you are Most Too Hard on Mango. He has than you do. You are definitely a "natural" but Mango tries real hard! Oh, and I think your momma is Most Experty at that videoing thingie. My mom still hasn't figured it out yet. And I hope your momma's "back problems" get better real soon!

Wiggles & Wags,

Martha and Bailey said...

Dexter we are always impressed with your cool moves!
We think Mango does very well too but as others have said a labradude and a Mango are different.......
We love seeing the healthy competition between the two of you.
Martha & Bailey xxx

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmmm i am not shoor yoo and mango wer even playing the saym gaym their!!! ok bye

Frankie Furter said...

Does your mom's FRONT side hurt like her Back side does??? OUCH!!!
You and Mango really did do grrreat yard work thingys. I don't have to do that stuff. I just dig holes and chase stuff. Is it really hard to learn???

Moose said...

Very nice lureless agilities! Momma is most impressed. She was cackling like a nutcase at RH barreling through your agilities equipment! he he he. Hope it is still working, if not make momma take money out of RH's treat money to replace it!
p.s. I will tell momma about the you tube cutting off your videos. she never noticed that and will be sure to frame things more carefully now!

Pepper said...

Hahaha that was very awesome. Mango, I think you need to Upsize your agilities stuff. You really smooshed up the weave poles. Dexter is really fast and boingy over those jumps, and onto your momma, very slick.

Wild Dingo said...

dex? do you need to come out of the closet? you're dancing with a BOY! ;)

very cool moves on both of you!

Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

We just watched the video - we think you were both fab.

Muzzle isn't sure whether she should tell you that she cried with laughter in parts of it. I think it was the weave poles that finally got her. Thank you for cheering her up :-)


The Thundering Herd said...

Mango - we love your style with the jumps - just right through them.

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Dex, first we gotta say we're so jealous of your gigantic yard. How do you not get lost in there? We're most impressed with all your trickery.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

Samantha said...

That looked like some amazing heeling at the beginning - and Dexter - wow, super attention! (Mango - not sure what you were following there, but mom must have been pulling something interesting!) - you both do some incredible tricks and agility! I was tremendously impressed by the double spins - Woo Mom for teaching you boys that great trick!
Hugs xo

Eric said...

Nice moves dudes and DOH. Hip twin spinning with you two getting down and dirty. For your next trick try rapping at the same time?

Wiry love Eric xx

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

another really well done video! good thing for Mango though is that all but 1 agility organization in the U.S. allow 24in weave poles now! so yay for bigger poles :)

the training looks good, very nice job in getting rid of the visible food!

Benny and Lily said...

Holy crap Dexter, excellent! We think you have one up on Mango BOL
Benny & Lily

Tobi said...

We are most impressed by these skills and these action shots. Your mama could teach our mama a few things about getting us on the right path to fame and fortune because Bassets doing those tricks is money in the bank.

Bluebonnet & Clementine

Anonymous said...

Wow nice moves the both of you! Duchess' only "real" move is digging food out of the trash can... which she's doing right now - if you'll excuse me.

Stella said...

Hey, Peewee! Good job on the agility things. You make fun of Mango but he is out there trying and further, is working with you which is a good thing for both of yez.


Twinkietinydog said...

Dexter, I'm off to watch my mooovie, but tell Mango to sit on mommy's back. A good crack will definitely make her feel better

Busby and Raymond said...

You both did great, but seriously, we think your Mom needs to get a different set of weaving poles for the Mango man. You guys are both awesome! (and we like the color of your house!)

hero said...

Great agility from both of you... but for Dexter, it kinda like a walk in the park :)... love those spins.

Licks, hero

the booker man said...

dexter, you did a really really good job with your agilities, but i have to give mr. mango props, too...he really put his whole self into it. bwuahahaha!
the booker man

Kari in WeHo said...

Mango + weave poles = AWESOME

River said...

Hi Dexter, you can really leap. Mango would hurt something if he jumped like that. Interesting, esp double spin.

love & wags,

Wild Dingo said...

saw a sign today that read Mangos: $1.99/lb. HOLY crap your brother is expensive! I could never afford him.

i bought a smaller Mango though, non brindle, and cut it up, put honey on it and ate it. it was delicious.

Your Mango looks well-marbled. he may be better with A1 or BBQ sauce.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Well, the winner was khlearly the one on the sweatshirt of the DOH!

The little blakhk one surely wastes lots of energies wagging that tail of his!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie
PeeEssWoo: What DO the neighbours think?

毅力 said...
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Wild Dingo said...

OMD! i just saw the movie. that mango is toooo much! he gets STUCK in the weave poles! so sad! but awesome job on working both dogs together! they look so happy. i like the way dex looks up at you in heeling work. awesome.

tula said...

hey that wasn't the homework assignment- heh heh! Mango have to give to the peewee.. tied up until i saw weave poles down! weave poles down! call 911! your spins make a girl get real dizzy, just sayin'!

now peewee sit & stay until grad school on saturday!


Lorenza said...

With all that activity I can understand your mom had a sore back!
You two are impressive!
Kisses and hugs

MAX said...

Hey there Mango and Dex'
You guys are quite marvellous! You certainly have the best of yards to practice in! Your mom must be really energetic running around you two!
Keep up the good work!

Maggie and Mitch said...

We think you both did an excellent job! Mango doesn't have to put as much effort into jumping over your mom's leg as you do, Dexter! You are both winners!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Tucker said...

Sorry Dexter but my vote goes to Mango. Any dog that is smart enough to work a belly rub into agilities training takes the cake.

woof - Tucker

Mack said...

You guys are weaving pole SUPAHSTARS!
And we still think that pink house is da bomb!!

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos! Dexter dude and Mango Man, nice Agilities! I am much impressed on how woo do those weave poles.. as fur the sore Mum, ours does that too, just lazys I say....
~puppy kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Sierra Rose said...

Fantastic!!! And, what fun! Your photographer got some excellent action shots of both of you. Great commentary Dexter...Mango did pretty well, and you soared! Are you two entering comps?

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Looks like both of you guys did very well!

Mack and Mia said...

Dexter you are so freaking good. I might be able to keep up with you, but Mia...well...she should stay with the Mango because she is as big as a boat and would probably knock over every bar too, she's a FATSO!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Heather and Pumpkin said...

I challenge you both to agilities! With my tiny body, I can weave about and change directions real quickly.


Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh I am loving your moves Dexter!

I have been trying to emulate you, although why I should want a late emu, I have no idea.

I digress. I have been doing some high agility via the washing line in my garden.

Although I think from the look of the photo, I was kinda hung out to dry.

lotsaluv to you all, and hope your Mama's sleeping funny makes you all laugh. er, how can sleep be funny? It is a confusing world for one such as me.

Mwah Mwah, Marvin xxxxxxx

Marjie said...

We big guys don't jump so well; I'll admit to that. But we have it all over you Labradudes in letting people know who's boss. When I smile at the meter reader or a random passer-by, they get going a whole lot faster! They don't even figure out I just want to share their lunch!

Chef said...

Dexter, you're an agility ace - great moves. But Mango had us laughing like he always does. Just plow right through those bars, Mango. That's how you do it!! Mangoman, you're still my hero.

Actually both your tricks were fantastic, very impressive. And your pirouettes are right up there with the big leaguers. Your Mama deserves huge, relentless applause for being a great teacher. Clap. Clap. Clap, Mangomomma!



Anonymous said...

hey looks like yall had a ton of fun!! I wish I knew how to do some of that but Im probably too small...

wags and licks

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Spring brings out some serious maneuvers at the estate!

The Rocky Creek Scotties

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

OK...that's it...blogger just ate two of my witty comments.

Forget it.


Sam said...

Be nice to your big bro, Dexter! You may beat him in an agility competition, but he'd blow you out of the water (literally) in a drooling match!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a great movie Dexter.. Yepper you did a great job. Mango you might need to practice your jumps and weaves just a bit more..
Sorry you all hurt Mom. We hope you didn't break her to bad.. Get well soon Mom..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

BRUTUS said...

OK, Dex - you have to look at this a different way. You guys need to team up, relay-like. Have Mango go 1st, knock down all the obstacles (the bulldozer he is) then you can absolutely FLY around the course!! Makes you look like a star too!

Hey, we thought of Mango yesterday - check out our post if you get a chance. No wonder we are so behind on bloggies - mom can't stay inside with all this nice weather!!

Tired Snorts-
Brutus the Frenchie

achieve1dream said...

Dropping by to answer your question on my Farmer blog. Storm, as with most all Sibes, has no guarding instincts at all!! Jackal is good at barking to alert to intruders, but he won't (and I don't want him) outside all day every day. He's a sissy dog and enjoys his couch time lol. Besides he has a very high prey drive so it would take years to make him reliable around chickens. The Akbash dog doesn't have as strong of a prey drive so it's easier with them. They have completely different instincts. It's why they're bred to do what they do.

I'm not too worried about Jasmine. She's a first timer and so are the bucks so it just didn't take. I'm sure all parties involved will be happy to try again this spring. :)

Agatha and Archie said...

Geeze you guys are you need agents or anything? Want Archie to notify the Globe? Love A+A

1000 Goldens said...

The synchronized spins at the end were awesome. The two of you are like a couple graceful ice dancers :) Dexter, seeing you bounce over the poles like a rabbit really made us smile!

TwoSpecialWires said...

We're impressed. Very impressed. Do you think not-so-cracker-dog-terriers could learn to do that kind of stuff? Would you teach us?

We'd bring the treats,
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Holly and Khady said...

Poor Mango! I can totally relate to his issues. It's tough being the "big" dog!

Oh, and Dexter, imagine how well you would do next to a poodle!!!

I got your six big guy!!


Anonymous said...

Dexter, Dexter, Dexter - that round goes clearly to Mango! I think the only thing you were after were the treats. Well, I guess the same goes for Mister-Big-Guy-Mango but he does it a lot less obvious... ;)

Anyway - great spinning from the both of you!!!

Slobbers Teal'c

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

The mommy here was really impressed with all this agility stuff.Us, not so much. We prefer to be wild and free.
WelshieHugs, Hootie

Really, I was impressed with both of you and especially Mango since he is so large.That took a lot of skill to master. Good work dudes!!

Sophie Brador said...

Did you guys hear me calling you? I was there? I was yelling and yelling. Also, excellent couch dismount, Dex.


Daisy Dog said...

Wow we are just catching up on reading your last several posts! Looks like many activities have been going on at the Mango Estate! Agilities, couch dismount, training and hanging out with friends ! So much I missed! We are glad you are keeping busy.....

The Army of Four said...

Mango took down every one of those gate things?!? How cool! Way go .. oh, you're not supposed to do that? Well, he looked cool, anyway. We all have different talents in life, right?
Play bows,
PS: We know a few hand signals - Stormy knows the most. That's come in handy now that she's deaf. Mom's thinking maybe the rest of us should learn more, too. Hmm... if the bribe is right.....

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Mango...Priscilla of Priscilla of Boston bridal designs is having a trunk show this weekend and want you to model!!!

I told them you were as big as an elephant.



Honey the Great Dane said...

I've just left a comment on your YouTube page so I won't repeat myself but just wanted to say agian how much I love your new training videos - more please!! - and again, what great work your Momma has been doing with both of you - it really shows.

And I forgot to say on YouTube that I love that double spin action of you boys together! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

ocmist said...

You ARE getting pretty good, Dexter, and we think your Mom has done a fantastic job with BOTH of you. Grammy says she can feel for your Mom as HER back has problems too, and sleeping wrong can really be a PAIN!

Still, we think Mango is totally awesome because agilities of this nature are not usual for a Mastiff Dude, and yet he still enthusiastically performs them! We wish Mom's back and hip would let her be able to give us that kind of training because she (and you two) really make it look like a LOT of fun! The CCC

The Two Country Poodles said...

You both did a fantastic job!