So, anybody who knows me knows I’m a little obsessive, and this certainly applies to training Lu in agility. Moment of: OMG WE’LL NEVER DO WELL one day, followed by YAY SHE’S THE BEST DOG TO EVER LIVE! the next. Sorry husband.
I was out doing some stuff with her yesterday, however, when I began to notice a pattern. On one sequence, she’d knock down the same bar every time. On another sequence, the same two bars. What?!
I asked Silvia about her thoughts, though the angles of the knocked bars aren’t great, and she suggested Lu wasn’t pushing well with her hind legs and I should do some strengthening with her. Now, this is a dog who dances around on her back-legs, who literally meerkats when in long grass so she can see better, who RUNS up-hill when all her friends are trotting along behind… this dog doesn’t have strength problems. So I filmed her today and I started to see it. Every jump she takes, she tucks her back-legs under her, then brings them down way early. Like… 5cm from the bar, if that. Which means, a lot of the time, it’s actually her PANTS that appear to be knocking the bar. Though sometimes it’s her feet. I noticed as well, doing a ‘set point’ exercise, that she’d need to jump straight after the stride regulator, the highest point in her jump would be before the bar, and then she’d land almost on top of it.
NOOOOOOOO MY PUPPY FAILS AT JUMPING.
So, man your panic stations, everyone. I’ve signed up to Hit The Ground Running with Dawn Weaver and Devorah Sperber and hopefully I can get her out of this habit now, since I’ve noticed it already and hopefully it’s not too ingrained.
See video below to know what I’m on about.