Gee, I really have been slack lately. It seems all my time is used up trying to tire Miss Lu, train her, or, when I have a spare moment, actually relax. Sorry about that.
So I need to work on containing my enthusiasm a little with our training. See, I’ll find something that works really nicely, eg. new flying squirrel toy + cik/cap around trees at the park before a walk=fast!
Then, I end up doing them every morning for a week, and by the end, she’s slowed down. What!?
I think I took on board too much what Silvia Trkman said in a comment, about how she trains her dogs, that for specific skills (like weaves, running contacts) it’s 3-4 times a week, but for things like cik/cap she does it every day, maybe twice a day, around trees while out ‘free-running’ or walking through the forest. Now, unfortunately for me, our forests don’t lend themselves to cik/caps, so my next best thing was to do cik/cap in a certain clump of trees before going for our walk. First few times= new toy! new game! excitement!
And now: oh, this old thing again. Boring.
Unfortunately, it was so easy and quick to do and seemed to be working for a while there…
So I need to try and not ‘overdo’ something that works. Not do it again and again and again. Mix it up. Which of course is difficult with the increasing lack of light and having to set up stuff if I’m not cik/capping around trees, but I’m continuing my search for somewhere to train where I can leave my stuff set up.
I’m trying something new today that may result in the complete destruction of my backyard but we’ll see…. Lu is not getting a walk this morning. She’s had a very quick training session inside, mostly of cik/cap around a bollard and some heeling, and that’s it. I’ll give them a bone.
I anticipate that by the time I get home this afternoon she’ll be a) super excited to see me and b) going out of her skin with energy, which of course, SHOULD = speed.