Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Tuesday July 4th 2006 - Advanced II, class #1

(Backfilled in October 2009 due to impending closure of Geocities)

First class of the next level. Flyball teammate Abby is in our class, as well as some other dogs we've met and some new ones as well. Timed a-frame from hitting it to freezing in contact: Walter did it in 2.2 seconds. Received some homework to practice in relation to contacts: Teach bow and teach touch nose to ground in down. 1st sequence: dogwalk, sharp turn right, tire, tunnel curving left, jump, table. Walter deeked around the tire but took it after we regrouped. 2nd sequence: table, jump, tunnel curving right, jump, 90d left to jump, 90d left to jump. Tip: call dog while in tunnel for tighter turn out of tunnel. Did the sequence twice and both times after the 1st jump Walter headed for the teeter, which was to the left of the tunnel. Tip: Exaggerate shoulder turn in desired direction. 3rd sequence: jump, 90d right to jump, 90d right to jump, tunnel curving left, jump, table (ie reverse of previous sequence). Wasn't exactly smooth getting him from 3rd jump into tunnel - was at awkward angle. Tip: practice using right hand to guide dog in counterclockwise "spin" on my left side and vice versa, to help with hand directions. Overall wasn't our best class, but considering first-class jitters and Walter's refusal to "go" before class it could have been a lot worse!

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