I was a bit under the weather last week and didn’t manage to write a post about class. Ike and I enjoyed the course and the Flying Schnauzer made multiple appearances. Woo-hoo for speed, although boo for leaping contacts.
Kathleen let Ike and I stay after class and we shaped going through a hoop – then we put it to work on a lowered a-frame. The thing I found most amazing was Ike's performance totally changed. Previously he would scrabble on the down side and then leap off. I think because he was accelerating and driving for the hoop there was no scrabbling – it was a much smoother performance. Very cool!
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Last week was not a great handler week. Not only do I have a tendency to yell out commands (with all my dogs), but I have a tendency to fall into chatter with Ike. Not with Bug, but with Ike. I think I spent so much time cheerleading him in earlier years (to no effect so you’d think I would stop) that it is my default. Ike tunes out the chatter (or slows down – eek) and I habitually start chattering words that I am trying to build value for, like “go.” BAD handler.
In re-watching the videos I feel somewhat better. While I was chattering too much Ike did really well with the repetition. Previously the repetition could have easily caused him to check out on me.
In the second course I set the tone in the first run – my body VERY clearly said to take the far entrance to the green tunnel. Poor Ike. The two runs that followed Ike was sure I wanted him to take that entrance.
There are more videos of our runs from that class on youtube, but these were probably the best in most respects.
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