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Old 02-15-2017, 09:58 AM
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Her weaves look awesome! I think she even does some single-stepping which is awesome!

I agree, she does wrap the upright wide when taking the backside, which would be fine if the weaves were off-set, but she does have to come back hard to her left.

What did you call her? I didn't recognize the name! She's doing awesome - she's a good tugger!
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She looks great! She's totally single stepping! She's going to have speed! She does seem to hesitate a little going in, maybe separately working your entries from all angles would help build her confidence.

Looks great! Wanna come to Florida and teach Forbes? I freaking hate training weaves.
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Great weaves! How did you train them?
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@jclark343 I'll help with weaves! I love them! Florida's close to Washington, right?
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@Dogs4Jesus, so close! I am sure the weather is really similar! Lol.
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@jclark343 Oh yeah. Real similar. I take it you've had 2 1/2 months of over 2 feet of snow in Florida too?
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@Shandula My reinforcing babble? Haha. I say Atta Girl a lot I realized, but I just called her Aayla I'm pretty sure. (Eye-la)

I know you've done work on wrapping, have you figured out how to get speed and tightness in your wraps? I get one or the other, she also gets very frustrated with it if I don't reward her for sloppy wraps and quits on me and starts trying other behaviors. I mostly don't work with the pole up on the upright but just wanted to see what she would do that time. Clearly not ready for it. She is a great tugger! She has a good amount of tug drive which is great.

@jclark343 I'm really excited about her speed, it's something I've struggled to maintain. Especially with her approach as you see. She is not driving to it, and prefers to trot into the poles, then build up speed. Which has been slightly helpful because before she was blowing her entrances because of too much speed. I'd like a happy medium ha! Soon as we can get a consistent run through with straight entrances I'll start working around the clock again. Can't say I'm enjoying training weaves as much as the other aspects. Yet I'd be a happy to train Forbes anything and see that adorable face.

@Dogs4Jesus I did a little bit of everything. Mainly channel though. I did a little bit of 2x2 and weave-a-magic for getting out entries.

Thanks everyone though. It's been a struggle for me to learn how to train and troubleshoot the weaves so I'm so happy it's starting to come together. We have about a 60-70% successful weaves right now for up to 8 poles. I've only been able to work it once a week though. I can't wait until daylight savings and we get more evening sunlight.
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We have another lesson today, I'm very excited to get some new things to work on. Its been months since I have been able to get out for a lesson and it is very overdue.

On another note here is another weave pole session. We've been working around the clock to build her confidence on her entries and she is doing good.

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Looking awesome! She really drives through those poles! Great job!
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Iím going to write this out to help myself remember.

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Nose Target Training

Be more picky about the touches, firmer and not so sloppy. Firm hard push in the center without sliding to the side. Rapid fire touches. Reward on the target in the center, slowly lower to ground. Carpet first before moving to hard ground.

Singles

Practice the idea of jump whats in front of you despite where I am. See how far off I can get. Practice back side, wrapping and post turns.

180*

Two jumps parallel, within 6-8′ to start. All the way around going both left and right. See how far apart I can get them. She does better going to the left.

Threadle


Two jumps, send over first cross between the two and push over second. Stand 1.5′ in front of inside of jump 2. Step out, so perpendicular, bringing dog to front before stepping back and sending away to second jump. She does better going to the right.

Pinwheel

Three jumps making a half circle. See how far apart I can get them. She does better going left.

Straights


Three jumps in a line. Start with large lead out, phase to no lead out making her drive to finish without looking back.

Things to work on
  • If she drops the toy and/or looses drive. Stop, sit, reload and fire again.
  • Circle work
  • Rewarding for bringing the toy instantly back to me (stop the meandering)
  • Work her stay, she is starting to inch in her stand stay at high arousal levels.

Boy does she know how to throw the exercises at us. I love it, she is all for giving as much or little as we can handle. She had a lot of great things to say about my handling and Aaylaís ability so far. Says that we are promising (if we can keep going and not letting 5-6 month spans happened in between lessons). Sometimes I wonder if instructors tell everyone that to keep people coming but she told me that she doesnít say that often and doesnít fluff people up.

Our next session we should start working on our contacts, which Iím exciting to start our basics for the other equipment.

Aayla was so much better than she has been at that facility. She only tried to say hello to Stacy a few times, and to her demo dog once. The fact that I could call her off saying hello means a lot too. She was A LOT more engaged and was really trying hard to problem solve the shaping we were doing. I was really happy with the challenges she was working through and instead of getting discouraged she just honed in on my body language and figured it out within a few tries. I can tell she is going to be a tunnel sucker. We have done nothing with tunnels to make it reinforcing and she went through the one that was close to us on her own when she dropped her engagement.

Overall, right now Iím on a happy high.
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