Everyone always says that training running contacts is a huge roller coaster. Up one minute, down the next.
Today was a big fat down.
I’ve made the dogwalk easier by lowering it again – I felt like Loki wasn’t running it properly especially at the end and I thought that maybe I had rushed through and not given him enough of a foundation of just running it with normal running all the way along and down. I was getting some good hits but they were usually 1 front foot & 2 rear feet – any other combination didn’t seem to happen so I couldn’t reward other things.
So I dropped it down so that one end was 80cm and the other was 60cm and we had a session with 50% jackpots. Still not fantastic but his hits at the end were looking better. Today I dropped it so it was 60-60, so he wouldn’t try and fly over the first apex. Suddenly, he couldn’t hit at all, no matter the starting spot. Leap, leap, leap. I put it back to 80-60, set it up exactly like the other day, and we got maybe 20% jackpot/rewards. I was feeling so positive and optimistic before the session – I felt so confident in the plan to build him up more gradually and with smaller increments, and then we went and had a terrible session. I just can’t figure out how to make this make sense to him.
I’d like a good session, and then he can have a few days-a week’s break.