Ok, I know, I haven’t posted much here lately except for whinging about my students (problem has been solved by the way, though it was an emotional day) and posting RC (and this post won’t be much different) but the field has been so muddy that RC has been about the only thing we can do, and we went for a walk the other day but it was pretty boring so I didn’t take any photos, and I get home from training at 7, have dinner and go to bed by 9 (cos I’m SO hardcore) so trying to think of anything actually ‘profound’ or ‘interesting’ to write is pretty tough.
Tonight I set up a big long sequence with big open bits like we’ll have in novice… and then I went and threw in a serpentine (a wonky one to make it easier) and a cik and a backside-bar, just to, y’know, make sure we weren’t relaxing TOO much… But I took Andreja’s/Silvia’s advice and made a real point of rewarding after every little ‘bit’… So the two jumps direct to the tunnel and then the call out of the tunnel? Rewarded. Then that again, into the serpentine? Rewarded (even though she missed the first jump, I bet it was my fault). That all again then through the serp – rewarded that too. Then all again, but around 2 more bars and a cik- rewarded! I also made a point of setting her up at the start so she’d have to drive past me into the tunnel cos we need to work on that, too. And of exciting her before we started and making her bark and stuff. It was fun times. And then at the end I set up a rear-cross (possibly a bad one) because Australia likes rear-crosses because the courses are so big (like the country) so I figured I ought to see what she did and… well, she turned the wrong way, and looked puzzled. But it was ok, cos then I set it up differently and it worked! and it worked again! And then I stopped because that was good.
And we also did RC (surprise surprise) and I was starting her from far away with lots of speed and never have I had so many NRs. And I don’t really mind because it meant when she actually JPed it was sweeeeeeet. But I’m wondering if she was sore from chasing the ball with Husband last night or what but it was certainly unusual.
So the good news about tonight’s RC though is that her natural style of running appears to be back. There’s lots more rear-feet separation on the up and straight planks, and a lot less airy ‘rocket-leaps’, which I’m both glad about (less chance of falling to her doom) and sad about (70% NRs tonight because she wasn’t adjusting her stride the way she had been… or possibly she just felt like leaping off the end, though had they been hits they would have been very far down)… So, that’s good. This is session 3 on this height so I’ll stay here, now that she’s running nicely, and try and build the hit percentage up. I hadn’t yet started her with as much speed (one of the clips suggested she did a 1.1second DW???) so that could be a factor, though I doubt she’d be all that much slower than when set up from 10 meters from the DW in a straight line. So, meh. Could be one of those nights. I’m SO not fussed. I think NRs/leaps are really important anyway to teach them what you DO want, and the fact that she seems to be running much more normally is really nice. It felt like she didn’t have great separation at the field, but the video doesn’t lie so my eyes were obviously playing up about that one.
Also, I think she’s carrying a tiny bit of weight, which suggests she’s well and truly stopped growing (HURRAH) because she was eating 3 cups of food and a meaty bone for a while there, and was still super skinny. So now I have to figure out how to feed my adult dog so that she doesn’t get fat. 😉
Anyway. Here’s tonight’s video. I also have Mal but he was being super weird (still more hits than Lu though, but I suspect he as collecting) so I’m not going to bother cutting it up. We’ll try again next time. All is well, and zen. It has been a horrible, and then not-so-bad day.