Originally Posted by Aspen726
12/27 - we met up with a group of trainers and rented a facility. We mostly all did our own thing but it was nice to have the opportunity to train obedience with distractions! https://youtu.be/tyB24aUK9Ng
Looking good! Nice distance and seemed comfy to me! Another dog playing nearby is difficult!
12/28 - Aspen got to try a new sport: barn hunt! She was a total natural! We showed her the tube and she was like, "oh this smells cool"... then the rat moved and she was like, "HECK YEAH!" During one of our runs, she even came across a tube, sniffed it and walked away. I looked at the trainer and asked if she missed it. The trainer said that it was a decoy tube- no rat- so it was awesome that Aspen ignored it. |
She really does seem to enjoy the game.
You should give trialing a try! Bet she would do really well!
1/1 - I expected to just work her at home but a friend called and asked if I wanted to rent a training facility for a few hours with her. I, of course, jumped at the chance. We got to use the FitPaws equipment that I don't have (yet) and I worked on some heeling and hind end awareness. I only recently decided to teach Aspen to heel. She's not doing too badly but I do want her closer to me. My friend brought her puppy and Aspen played with the pup for a bit. |
She's moving pretty well! Liked that quick bunny hop back onto the platform.
If you plan to build on this for straight backing away from you, try clicking for placing back feet on the platform, but rewarding right in front of you, center of your body so that she comes forward off the platform. The click will still tell her what she did correctly but the reward placement resets for her to back up again immediately. It'll help achieve her backing independently of you (you can stand still or do something else rather then go with her) if that's something you would want. I have some video of my guys working on this if you want a visual
Nice attitude and attention!
She seems to be enjoying this game!
Her sits looked pretty straight and tight to me as well!(Dexter needs to take a lesson from Aspen on that!
He sits straight, but likes to have his outside leg out so he's a bit on a hip. Sigh. Good things sits are rare in Rally FrEe).
To get her closer, watch how you halt. You tend to take a step in towards her which is pushing her out. You can experiment with reward placement as well. The hand closest to the dog (left hand if dog is on the left, right hand if on right side) and close to handler body tends to be best ime.
Also be aware of your shoulder and upper body. For many dogs that left shoulder back causes lagging (signals a left where dogs needs to slow down to execute vs. forwards where dogs need to match pace and rights where they needs to increase speed.) and sometimes crooked sits on halts.
I am so awful about this myself. It's so easy for it to become a habbit with small and many medium dogs, which is why I mentioned it! I wish I had been told much earlier, before it became a habbit.
That puppy is adorable and Aspen was so good with him/her! She's going to be a great big sis when your puppy comes!
Oh! The second pic! Love the collar and look at those thigh muscles! She's in nice shape!