Iím going to write this out to help myself remember. NEW 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.
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.
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.