Saturday, September 23, 2006

Saturday September 23rd 2006 - Advanced II/III, class #3

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

Today we were introduced to flipping: With a treat in both hands and the dog at your side, do the hand motion to flip the dog away from you, treat with your other hand now that the dog is on your other side. Walter liked this game and picked up the basic hand signal quickly. The next step is to try flipping the dog around something like a tree or jump standard and add distance. This move would have come in handy at the last fun match to send the dog from the frame to the tunnel! Then, we practiced the dog moving forward away, working up to jump jump jump table, put a target on the table and all you should need to say is "go table". Then, we did a circle exercise: jump, jump, tire at the bottom of the "u", jump, tunnel. Draw lines and work on not having to cross them. If you want the dog to move forward away from you, you do NOT want a lead-out because they will see you slowdown and stop and they will likely stop as well. Instead, don't lead out and instead make it seem like it's a race and allow the dog to "win" so that you don't have to come to a dead stop. Finally, we did a gambler's where the gamble was jump, straight tunnel, table, using lateral distance which Walter did alright since it wasn't a big distance. The rain stopped soon after the class began, yay!

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