|Saturday morning introductions.|
That's Lucky and me, bottom right.
Brittany has tried out for World Team 3 times with her sheltie, Trip. She also runs Ticket, another sheltie. She follows Susan Garret and uses Greg Derrett's handling methods, summarized as follows:
- Each handling cue means one thing only - very precise.
- Body language trumps verbal commands any time.
- A change of arms always means a change of direction.
- Never let D cross over behind you.
Race To Reward* (get D to focus away from you without head checks):
- Place reward on ground. Sit D a few feet away. Release. Run to meet them. Increase distance. Interject 1 low jump, a straight tunnel.
- Hold collar, throw toy. Release. Run forward with D. Tug. Increase distance.
|Helper shakes toy as D approaches.|
|Brittany and ?, training the "one rear toe on"|
See-saw for small dogs should be 4-on at the end, and wait for touchdown before releasing. Large dogs can leave the board just before it touches because their weight will push the board down before their back feet loose contact.
|Here, Chance takes down side in 2 strides,|
ensuring one stride hits in the yellow.
You can also add a jump bump on the up side, covering the top slat, or right over the apex, to encourage leaping over the apex, especially with small dogs. Maxie had no problem taking the down side in 2 strides, even though his normal running stride is only 3.5 feet and the a-frame is 9'. Go figure.
You can also make jump bumps out of pool noodles. They are cheap and more flexible.
There are online Running Contact classes (and other agility classes), offered at http://www.daisypeel.com/
SUNDAY: Advanced (training 180's, 270's, Serpentines, Double Box, Point System, and Push Through/Back Side)
- Step 1. Start with 2 winged jumps in a line, wings touching. Start close. Stand in middle, D to outside, send D over 1 with arm closest to D, post turn and pull over 2. Treat. Work both sides. Work further and further back to 15'. Do the same with front crosses (D ends on inside) and rear crosses (D starts on inside).
- Step 2. Separate jumps 1' at a time to 15' apart, increasing when you get great performance. Repeat PT, FC, RC, always using the same cues for each type of turn.
- If mistakes happen, backchain to previous distance.
- NEVER go in between the wings -- this is babysitting the 180, and is actually a different cue (for a pinwheel).
- Never front cross on D's straight line path. Use FC only to turn.
Unfortunately, poor little Maxie got stung Saturday morning by a wasp that was hovering in the grass. He yelped and wailed for 5 minutes, I treated immediately with Swedish Bitters, but he licked his paw incessantly for about 2 hours, and on Sunday was clearly off, and afraid of the grass. He ran about half speed during his turns, and while not limping today, is still nursing his paw and seems tired. Lucky just ran slow, as usual, and some kind of bugs in the grass were tickling her bare belly and making her scratch a lot. Still, I got a lot from the seminar and plan to start my training over, from scratch, after the Kiln trial this upcoming weekend if I meet my 2011 goals. Almost there.
The KT Sports Injury Tape I used on my calf seemed to work. I had no problems whatsoever, though I can't fathom how it works. It's a mystery, and my new best friend.
Upwards and onward!