Warning, warning, whinging ahead.
So, joy of joys, Lu has begun over-reaching on the DW. Sometimes she doesn’t. Sometimes she does.
When I finally start to get the leaping under control, she just has to think up some other ridiculous way to make training difficult. As if not clicking when she doesn’t hit is hard enough, now I get to not click when she DOES hit because her back legs are doing something weird. Sounds great, doesn’t it? So I have to try and train my eyes to see where her front feet hit and then expect a back foot hit too IF her front feet hits in the top third of the plank.
And if that wasn’t all great enough, we had a really terrible jumping session yesterday. Some of it I thought looked OK, but then when I watch the video I see her do this weird thing where instead of landing front-back, she tries to land with all 4 at once almost. What. Why. Can’t she just do something normally? Seriously.
Silvia said I should use carpet to warm up for running (and JP rear-feet), and also to put carpet on the end of the DW. I’m hoping the over-reaching is just from her wanting to avoid hitting the end of the plank with her toes or whatever. So that makes me feel better, at least she wasn’t all: OH YOUR DOG HAS REGRESSED YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO CARPET NO MORE HEIGHT NO NO JUST GO BACK TO CARPET AND STAY THERE FOR THREE MONTHS.
Interestingly, I just had a look at our ST video from last time at this point, and it seems like the serpentines are when she started doing weird jumps. I need to remember to drop the bars down when we’re learning serps so she can build up her confidence with them too, and not rush straightening them. Huh. I’d never noticed how much she started worrying about the bars at that point- straight lines were ok, but when they started getting sideways. Maybe I’ll shape her over a sideways jump like how I shaped her over a straight-line jump to build her confidence. That could help.
Anyway. If I’m lucky she’ll do something like decide to pop out of weave #7, and like, turn around in the tunnel halfway through, and whatever. Can’t something just be easy???
Sometimes I think about planning on breeding her, and jeez I adore her and her personality and she’s so awesome, and so cool, but… I don’t want to go through this jumping thing again. I don’t want to have to go through the whole thing of trying to motivate a dog to play (and look, could be my fault and didn’t play with her enough as a puppy, I don’t know)… and what if that’s what I get in a pup? Rgg. I don’t know. Wah.