Time to give Lu a break. Doing RC yesterday, she just seems to have lost a bit of her ‘spark’ that I was so loving. So we’re doing RC at the park today, and then I’d like to try and give her at least 4 days off agility. Ok, it doesn’t seem much, but it’s more than the 1 or 2 days rest she’s been getting lately. I suppose with the possibility of losing the field in a month, I’ve been trying to cram in as much as I can, but I think I have somewhere else to go, so I need to just relax, and let her recover. She’s looking a bit stiff, she’s not excited about training (though, she rarely is), and she’s not as fast as usual. She’s trying really hard, but only because that’s the job, and she’s made for work.
So I have a bit of a training plan of things to work on, including:
-increasing the angle of weave entry (yesterday we got way beyond 90 degrees, which was awesome) and doing some right hand entries
-increasing love of tunnels by rewarding her for doing tunnels with speed, and going back to doing some tunnel games
-continuing to do work on jump grids – I think these might be helping.
-begin to do some one-jump speed stuff starting with low height, much in the manner of jump grids.
-possibly put carpet on the UP ramp of the DW for the opposite direction to what we’d been training this whole time as she seems to try and measure her stride and collects a lot to get on it, rather than just running on. Also go back to a straight tunnel exit for running the opposite way to normal and don’t start from a tunnel just yet (given her issues with a jump after a tunnel, maybe she’s having trouble with a DW after a tunnel, too).
-do some restrained recalls over jumps and through tunnels, etc.
-start sequences with ‘back, back, back GO!’. Since she loves backing up, and this can instigate a chase game.
-hill running, to help condition her rear end to help her with jumps
But first, a bit of a break for my tired girl. Tonight for New Years Eve? Camping on the beach with all the dogs. What could be better? See you in 2014.