I recently had my birthday and for months I was planning on asking for a chute. As I have frequently commented, Ike has chute performance issues.
Recently I was made aware, once more, of how much Ike doesn't really care for jumping and how it would benefit us to practice more. HOWEVER, that would mean having jumps. I didn't want to buy them because I KNOW I can make them. Again, HOWEVER, when do I have the time?
So, I broke down and asked for two competition quality jumps for my birthday.
Ike and I practiced yesterday evening with our new jumps. I set up the teeter, the new jumps in a 180, and the weaves. He was FLYING! He has started to hop through his weaves. Yay! Yay! Yay! The only bad thing about this much faster performance is that he is starting to over shoot his weave entry and sometimes during the weaves he is moving so fast he misses a weave. John suggested that everyone deals with this as their dogs become faster and more confident and I will just have to practice more so he has better muscle control. Thoughts from the group?
Should I condition him to slow prior to the weaves or is that self-defeating? As you all know I have worked HARD to make him faster!
Other Random Ike Thoughts
The past month has been awash with change for Ike. I have been thinking about this a lot, about what might have caused it. In my last lesson with Erin S. she commented that she feels dogs never change unless we change. Alright, so something about the way I view the world or do things has changed.
Lets see, Katrin and I had a real heart-to-heart about what my expectations and hopes for Ike are about a month and a half ago. Perhaps verbalizing my real dream for Ike, of him attaining a level of comfort with the world at large that he doesn't currently have, has helped us move closer to that goal?
I can't help but think it was only a month ago that I switched Ike to a completely raw diet and all of these changes started to occur. I was speaking to my friend Michele yesterday about Ike and before I could mention the raw diet, she mentioned how we had stopped going to the rehab a little more than a month ago. Hmmm....
Last night I told John all of my theories about why Ike has changed and John, very logically said, "Well, there have been some subtractions but there has also been addition. You've been working with him every day. Of course he's going to make progress." Now that isn't necessarily always true, but there is truth in the fact that I have been focusing much more energy on what Ike needs and what his capabilities at the moment are.
I do have relapses (ahem, Tuesday), but I'm getting better. Ike is not a mini-Julie! He is a miniature schnauzer named Ike with some baggage (that's getting lighter [or more manageable] by the day)!
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