Agility training

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  1. JacksonsMom

    JacksonsMom Active Member

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    Definitely! Thanks!

    And yesss, I want to get video, it's hard when you don't really 'know' anyone in the class, but most seem nice, so maybe one will video some for me. Or maybe I could secretly set up my phone lol.
     
  2. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    We've been ordered to either video tape or write everything down. It's going to be dakr though since we're outside and it's winter.
     
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    We worked big time on distractions tonight. It was hilarious, the trainer was dragging a rabbit pelt around the course, my husband was kneeling down in the corner clapping and cheering, and another student was throwing tennis balls and shaking containers of kibble. Ooooh boy, her little brain was going nuts!

    It was really cool though by the third time through the course tonight, you could see her peak at the distractions, think, "IT'S A TRAP!" and move forward. So proud of my little goober :)
     
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    Well, Gusto went to his first USDAA Intro Program trial today and was wonderful!

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    It was in the barn where our club has practices, so Gusto has been 3 times before - and it didn't always go well. Dirt floor, treats dropped everywhere, pigeon poop in the corners - I have a herding dog mix now instead of a hound mix, and this is the one that I can't keep from sniffing everywhere! I went in with the plan of doing *lots* of warm-up (not jumping, but tricks and hand touches and It's Yer Choice) and hoping for the best.

    His standard course was very good. He did stop halfway on the teeter, but it was because there was something stuck to the rubber on it and he wanted to check it out. Nothing made me think it was a worried stop. Great contacts on the A-frame, stayed with me coming off the table (he's very prone to 'oh, she released me, I'm going to go see what's over here'). He got a bit distracted going into the weaves and I lost him for a second, but he came back to me and hit his entry. He was then so fast and uncollected that he missed some weaves, but I took it, ran on and stuck with my plan to not fix things in the ring.

    The first and Q were from Snooker. He took the backside of a jump or two in the opening, because I sometimes still trust that he's going to seek the jump out himself and wound up sending him past them, but stuck with me, did the plan as I wanted, and ran ahead of me to the last jump, seeking it out.

    Jumpers was a disaster. I got confused about which jump was after a tunnel early in the course, and as soon as I made it clear I was uncertain, he checked out completely. As much as I get frustrated when he disconnects from me, he had a perfectly valid reason there and I'm okay with that. Just frustrated with myself - I never get lost on course!

    All in all, I was really pleased with his performance. I'm going to go ahead and enter him in some Starters classes at a December trial and see what we have there. Onward and upwards!
     
  5. Snark

    Snark Mutts to you

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    Yay, Gusto!

    Riley does the same disconnect thing to me if I hesitate or screw up on course (at lessons). Haven't had the nerve to try him at a trial - he gets distracted so easily.
     
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    Way to go Gusto!!!
     
  7. Finkie_Mom

    Finkie_Mom It's A Red Dog Revolution

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    Wahoo!!! YAY Gusto!!!
     
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    Go Gusto! That's awesome!
     
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    Glad you and Gusto had a good time :)
     
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    I just want to say that I am so frustrated with Zuma's inability to wrap jumps... and so impressed with Zinga's ability to wrap jumps. We are starting cik/cap all over again with Zuma, hopefully this is the last time.
     
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    Woohoo Gusto! He has the cutest little face. :)
     
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    Here's my latest with Zinga! Learning to go ahead, as well as collect and wrap. These are the first sends I've done with her and am really happy. Also... check out the spot where she stays on the perch while Zuma works!! Granted, Zuma is a little lackluster (she doesn't like working when Zinga is out there, it's another thing we are trying to overcome), but still!! Go baby koolie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CavcL5tUO4&feature=youtu.be

    ETA: yes, I do realize she wraps the wrong way on the last one... but she's a baby dog, so she still gets rewarded.
     
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    This is KILLING ME! Not running/training agility is so hard............
    Gusto is a rockstar.......Sara, Baby Z is too. Everyone else, yep rockstars..........now going to go off and pout because I don't get to play right now.
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Congrats Gusto!!

    I miss agility right now as well.

    I can't wait to get on a laptop and catch up on these training videos!
     
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    I'm sad that they keep scheduling fun runs while I'm out of town. This is the third one in a row that I've missed. :( Would love to run the girls and am trying to see if I can't be back in the state by Saturday.
     
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    I will mail you Gusto to keep you entertained while Who is on maternity leave. Please return him with a sliding teeter and a rear cross when you are done. Thanks.

    I'm still waiting on videos from this weekend; a friend taped all of Gusto's runs, but hasn't gotten them online yet. *taps fingers*
     
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    deal :)
     
  18. Finkie_Mom

    Finkie_Mom It's A Red Dog Revolution

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    Zinga is going to be a star <3

    I also love seeing Zuma work whenever you post something :)
     
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    Sekah The Monster.

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    Wow, he's becoming such a nice little dog. Those wraps are wonderful.
     

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