Seems like not that long ago. Late January, I believe. Look at that hit – 1FF and 1 RF coming up.
We no longer have contacts.
I don’t know why. I don’t know whether it’s because I just haven’t been training her on them regularly. I don’t know whether it’s because I ran her over them when they were low for Loki & she was leaping off and now she’s confused. I don’t know whether she doesn’t know she CAN hit with rear-feet.
Like, I was getting hits tonight but they were ugly. No RF separation, and Lumen is THE QUEEN of RF separation.
So she is on DW-intensive training this week. I might even try and fit in some short morning sessions. Problem is that she’s not giving me enough nice style to JP. I get normal Lumen-style when we play the 500-ball game, and she seems to LOVE the game, so I’m wondering if when I play that, a JP is to have another run/chase, and a NR is not getting the next ball thrown. That might make her think…. but argh! She’s meant to be the dog who can DO this – at least at home. In trials I was giving her some concessions because maybe she was nervous about it… Now I think she just has forgotten how to do it at all. But then what if she can only hit playing 500-ball game because she forgets about thinking and just runs, but the rest of the time when she’s thinking she can’t hit… so really I need to not train via 500-ball game but in scenarios that more accurately represent a trial environment (since I don’t think I can get out a bag of tennis-balls mid course & start playing). Ugh. She sucks.
I’m hoping some more frequent training will help and if not… I dunno.
As for Loki… still working away at slow entries, and he is trying LOTS of different things in order to hit. I was going to start changing the exits but I actually want him to start feeling more confident about his adjustments first, and maybe see him settle on one or two ‘styles’ he can use to hit, and to hit consistently with them. He also decided the other day that the DW was haunted and he didn’t want to do it so I had to block his path with some jump wings so he was almost forced to go on. Surely that damn piece of equipment is rewarding enough by now?
Also there’s like, a giant rat or possum in the roof where I didn’t think there was actually any roof space… but I guess maybe there’s enough for a rat. It’s very loud and scrabbly and I think it’s making a nest, but since there’s no roof space, I can’t get in there to kill it or put the cat in there to catch it. Gross.