Monday night Carmen and Bug had a private lesson with Amanda. It went well.
With Carmen, Amanda noticed that she slows down during tight turns. She wants me to work on making tight turns more fun for her. Once suggestion she had was make large-ish cheese balls (i.e. that Carmie will be able to see) and practicing 180s tossing the cheese ball over the second jump. (She also suggested I practice my throwing using targets. As anyone that knows me knows - my throwing skills leave MUCH to be desired.)
She would also like me to see if I can't teach her to play with me in public. She said there was no need to try and get her to tug, just try to get her to respond to being goosed/pushed/revved up and to use food. Since Carmen can get REALLY riled up at home I will work on this. Given I was able to teach Ike to play in public, surely I can teach Carmie to!
We practiced flipping out of a tunnel onto the dog walk. Interestingly Carmie handled the flip very well irregardless of where I placed my FX (close or giving her more space). However, she had MUCH more overall speed when I did my front cross a bit further away from the dog walk. She went wider but was RUNNING much faster.
We REALLY need to work on the blind cross exercise. Carmie loves to come to my heels if I get ahead of her.
Bug's lesson was not as much of a success. He was revved up and more attentive than the previous week - even with the heat. We worked on 180s and he was MUCH better than last week. When we moved on to the A-frame, I discovered he is REALLY resistant to contacts without rubber. I mean, hard-core. I know this, but I can't believe how poorly he generalizes contacts.
So we will be doing ring rentals where there is no rubber and calling on friends who have contacts without rubber. The fact that he was so resistant does make me wonder if he is in alignment. We'll see when our chiropractor gets back from her working vacation.
I decided that Bug and I are going back to basics. We have all the time in the world. Our relationship needs to be stronger and we need to go back to working on the plank and making the see saw a HAPPY-HAPPY-JOY-JOY sort of place.
In other news, Bug finished his doxy yesterday. Today he received his first dose of ABC Lyme Support. I am going to post on Tick-L and see if there is anything else I could be doing now that he is done with the doxy. Tick-L seems to be heavy on the allopathic medicine and not so much on the holistic/homeopathic, but it is worth asking about.
It looks like it will be a quiet week training-wise. John and I are headed to Block Island on Friday for a wedding. Ike and the birds will be staying with the in-laws, Bug will be staying with Katrin, and the g-pigs will be staying at Coolens. Hopefully we all have nice weather and a good time!
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