Second try – we had a nice tight wrap even given Bug’s long back. Third time not so tight…. I wasn’t aware of exactly what I had done wrong at first, but Kathleen told me I actually moved beyond the plane of jump #3 and was still accelerating so all of the information Bug was receiving said “take the dummy jump straight ahead” and then I called him off it. This equals a wide turn. I should have been decelerating and never even made it to the plane of jump #3. Lesson learned, and next time looked better although not as good as the first time.
Next sequence (image below) Kathleen wanted us to put a front cross between 2 and 3. She used chalk to draw dashed lines and a straight angled line (blue and red on the diagram), and then she had us walk it. These lines represent two ways to do front crosses, the correct way and the not-so-ideal way. Ideally you want to take the angled line – you are giving your dog more information and allowing them to make a tighter change in lead.
The last sequence of the night contained another wrap.
I need to start thinking about a start-line.
I also need to think about Bug’s crate behavior. I crate him while I walk the course or sequence and this week he was barking a lot. Usually he is really good in his crate. I started walking over to treat him when he was quiet and another classmate actually continued to treat him for being quiet while I was walking other sequences. Next week I might bring a sheet and see if it is that he is visually over-stimulated. Yesterday there was a new dog in class and it was a bit more confusing than normal. In addition to the sheet I will be diligent about treating him for being quiet and not taking his good crate behavior for granted (that is a surefire way to lose it!).
As you might have figured out, I have decided to break the boys’ posts up into two posts. They are working on separate things and one long post can be both a chore to write and a chore to read!