I have this unsettled feeling again. It pisses me off. I know why, it’s because I was planning to get in a really good week of running DW training and then I found out the fences were being fixed (and I’m just so frustrated with it all because she was doing so well, and now she’s not, and I can’t train whenever I need to. And that’s the situation just now, but it’s shitting me. I don’t think I can strap the DW to the roof of the Skoda every day so I can go train, but maybe I should go get it and do that at least this week because it’s killing me to have a plan of how to get her DW back and not be able to do anything about it.
I’ve contacted someone who messaged me back before I got the field saying their place would be suitable so maybe it still will be and maybe I’ll be able to come and go as I please until September when I’ll have my own place and can do whatever the hell I want.
Today I did some OMD-type jump training. I started off with a very low bar and had my hand low and just wanted to shape her to hop over and back again but of course it’s Lu so she was doing side legs on it, and one time she jumped her front feet over the bar then balanced her back feet ON the bar, but then she finally got the idea and could hop back and forth and get rewarded low, and then I put the bar up until she was hopping over it from a stand-still either way. I think this will be good. I think she’ll learn to not fear being close to, and taking off close to the bar, I think she’ll have more confidence in using her body to get over a bar even if she’s close. I need to re-read my notes on what else to do with this. And then we did some proofing. I sent her over a jump to a target plate with food and pretended to fall over a lot, and waved my arms at her, and then we did the same with some wraps and she didn’t knock a bar once, and only one jump looked bigger than it should have. Good girl. We also did lots of weaves today. I’m at a point now where I’m about out of reasonable entries I can do in my limited space. Yes, another reason to need somewhere to train whenever I want. Gosh Loki’s going to have a charmed little training life isn’t he? He’ll be 8 months old by the time we get to our new place- time to start running on carpet, running through a channel, doing cik/cap on the flat and tunnel games… all whenever we want to. Lucky pup.