Our journey- from 8 week old pup, to agility dog, school dog, and trickster. Training thoughts, tips and lots of problem solving, photography and general musings on owning a silly and serious paradoxical Aussie Shepherd.
Lu’s trial on Saturday went well. Looking back at the video I had a thought re: her slicing jumps rather than bending around them. If you look at the screenshot below, she favours taking off far from the bar. I already knew this. But then I thought that in terms of physics (and how one can move one’s body), when you take off that far, bending yourself around the bar isn’t going to be able to happen, physically. I don’t think. In fact, I just tried it myself by jumping over a draft-stop snake thing and sure enough, you can’t.
So how about using mat targeting like we did when we were working through Hit the Ground Running – put it nice and close to the bar, and work bends with a mat for a while. I’m so, so useless at one-bar stuff like this but I think she really needs to do it. It can’t be good on her body to constantly land in a slice and then have to adjust herself to get to where she needs to be – better to be curving and landing facing the right direction. Also means my handling is better because she’s not landing wider than what I think she should.
Thoughts, clever internet people?
It’s a bit fuzzy, probably, but she’s coming at this jump and taking off already – I’m telling her we’re going to her right – not in a tight wrap, but a bend would be useful. But, I don’t think it would be physically possible for her to bend, given how far away she’s taking off. I think it HAS to carry her forward… I don’t THINK my handling is so bad that it’s saying “we’re going over there so you should slice this bar”, but possibly I need to cue even EARLIER but the problem is, is that because she takes off so early, there’s really not a heap of time between one obstacle and another to cue stuff. I’ll post up the video later so you can see.
Part 2… So she looks like she’s looking the right way with her nose, but you can tell she’s going to land facing the wrong way and in the middle of that bar
For Penny 🙂
The events leading up to the shot. Possibly I was late cuing the turn, yes, though it’s not the first time she’s sliced like this when I thought my cues were pretty obvious. But maybe not early enough even then.