Ok… I’m not calling this a problem. Let’s call it a “challenge”. Yes. Loki, as you know, is very fast. Very, very fast. The only times he is un-fast is when I’ve scared the shit out of him by making bars evil. (like the other day when I very innocently “fell over” as part of jump proofing and laughed about it and told him how wonderful he was but obviously the bar had jumped out and bitten me and therefore it’s evil and dangerous and he probably shouldn’t go over it again or if he does, regard it with high amounts of suspicion).
But in general, Loki operates on speed: VERY VERY FAST.
Which makes doing something like a push behind while I continue moving alongside the wing very difficult.
Oh this is so HARD. Why don’t I understand that it’s so much faster and easier to just go AROUND the whole thing!? He can do it easy if I’m not moving. Once I add in motion, it’s out the window. He can do it find if his toy is on the ground near the 2nd wing, even with my motion… but take away the toy and add motion, No chance. I think OMD would usually use an assistant at that step to drop the toy there so I guess maybe that’s an option…
My other line of thought was to begin doing serpentines. Because surely a serpentine is just a series of pushes and pulls with a hell of a lot of motion, right? So, straight lines? AWESOME. OMG. SO MUCH FAST. Straight lines with bars angled? NO SWEAT! AWESOME, SO MUCH FAST. Bars at pretty much serp angle from one side (pull over, push out, pull over) – doable… tricky, but not impossible… Serps from the other side (push over, pull towards, push over) NOPE. Even with last 2 bars angled still? DAMN HARD. SO MUCH FASTER TO JUST RUN PAST AND INTO TUNNEL.
And we do a 5-10 minute little session and he comes in absolutely puffing. And he’s not unfit. He can do a 2.5 hour beach walk/run with plenty of water and sand running and want more more more – I think it’s a serious guilt trip, tongue curled up in its border-collie way.
Lumen’s lack of speed and motivation shits me to tears but at least I know what to do with her and how to deal with those issues. Too much fast? Waaaaayyyyyy unfamiliar territory. I have no strategies for too much fast. Sometimes I make things easier so he succeeds and then try and make it trickier again but usually there’s a point where he won’t succeed again, and then what? You surely can’t just keep making it easier forever or you’ll never progress. Penny has a wonderful training method of DMOI (Do more of it) so I’ll just keep those bars where he’s successful for now for a few sessions and then very, very slightly angle them in.
Speaking of progress (and dogs who aren’t too fast), I bit the bullet and put a bollard at the end of the dogwalk today, which led into a nice straight tunnel, and did a few reps of hard turns off the plank with Lu – even had her run the whole thing and yell “LEFT LEFT LEFT” as I front crossed her into the tunnel and threw her ball. She did great. Maybe she’ll be ok with this and I shouldn’t be scared of hard turns. Guess I’ll see what happens as I begin to get smaller and smaller bollard substitutes and then fade it completely. But I’ll take my time with that – I’m hoping we’ll benefit from better hits with straight exits as many people seem to have experienced once they trained turns.