We raised the plank.
We ignored the mud and raised the plank 20cm. Maybe it was too much? Maybe I should have done 10cm? I could tell Lu was a bit nervous about it once I had it set up and she came out of the crate to investigate. She’s wondering whether it’s a bit high now. Watching the videos she had some really awkward strides in the middle of the plank but in all, I think she’ll get over the height thing and be back to full running fairly soon. I suspect adding height from this point on is going to be a test of her confidence because she is not a fan of being on something with nothing underneath (tree trunks are fine, for example, but it’s taken me a long time to get her happy about walking over bridges, or park benches). But I think if we just consistently keep running and keep raising the height by 10-15cm a time, I don’t know if she’ll notice as much… that’s my hope anyway! I’m pretty much on low-DW height now so if my own one was made, I’d be able to use it with legs and all, but it’s not. Unfortunately, her height thing kind of dashes my hopes of jumping to full height with a plank attached to the down plank to soften the angle because getting her to run across the whole thing at full height is not going to happen. So, gradually we’ll be inching our way all the way up. I suspect we’ll have to start getting very creative! I suppose it will depend what my DW legs look like- if I can prop them up on bricks and buckets like I have been it should be ok.
So anyway, here’s some of Lumen’s RC from today. It was all fine until I tested her and changed her starting position and then it all went out the window. Happily though, what FELT like leaps when I was there was mostly just her stride (with one leap, maybe 2). But it does show me that she’s not yet fully understanding what she needs to do, and you know what? I’m totally ok with the NR reps from today because I can show her yes from ‘not quite’ and we need that- we’ve had a LOT of JPs lately and not a lot of chances to let her work out the game. I even amazed myself by being able to predict when she wasn’t going to hit it an actually didn’t click her for once.
It was also really warm down there today (hence the T-shirt) and she wears out much quicker with any temperature over, I dunno, 13C. So, she was a bit over it by the end.
And then there’s Mal! My good test subject, who gets to run the DW first cos he won’t mind if it wobbles or bounces, and gets to try out the ball-thrower so I can realise that I can’t use it before I have a go with Lumen. Anyway, he did ok considering I kind of stopped running him once I got Lu on the full length and kept running out of time. He’s a good boy.
Edit: I just watched her video again. From her preferred starting spot where I was getting good hits, she would do one LONG stride in the middle in order to hit just after the apex with her front foot… when I moved her back, she did one very SHORT stride in the middle every time, resulting in her either striding past, or leaping off at the end…. So… she’s adjusting her stride, she just isn’t sure how to do it from another starting spot…?! But if that’s the case it will surely only be a matter of moving her back by a few cm each time to help her adjust accordingly… Maybe? Wishful thinking? not sure! I wonder if, on the ones where she started further back, she didn’t want to land on top of the apex of the down ramp, so shortened the stride before to ensure the next one would carry her over…. I don’t know. It could still be a confidence on height thing as she doesn’t have as good separation as normal until she’s on the down ramp. Hmmmmmm….!!!
Can you tell I’m a bit addicted to this whole thing?
Mal was first to run, so he can go first.