Agility training

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  1. SaraB

    SaraB New Member

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    Oh Backup, I adore you. He so reminds me of a mal that trains here, same issues, same spinning, same carrying things in his mouth, same "omg omg omg" attitude.
     
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    BIG NEWS!!

    Zuma and I ran like a team for ONE WHOLE DAY this weekend!! USDAA trial, we did the team tourney on Friday and our baby dog team DID NOT come in last place!! Super excited about that. They were some really tough and fun courses with a lot of international flair, so it was fun to get to run them even if we weren't quite ready for that.

    Saturday we Q'd in starters standard, snooker and gamblers. We had an off-course in steeplechase, but again it was a difficult course, not nearly as flowy as they usually are as it had some backsides thrown in there. I was still super proud of how Zuma ran it though.

    Sunday wasn't as good, just a Q in starters pairs. Dropped bar in standard and an off course in jumpers. We didn't quite have the same connection as we did on Saturday but still had some very nice moments.

    We are getting there!! One day we will be a real team.
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Thanks Sarah! I'm excited :) I think I'll also do Risë's weave seminar next month too, my throw is awful with a camera phone but its not much better without. lol

    Sara, that's fantastic news! Keep it up!!
     
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    LOL- Jackson looovesss jumping on tunnels too. Cracks me up.

    We start agility up again tomorrow! Yay!
     
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    YAY, this is awesome. I can just feel the excitement in your post!
     
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    Yay Zuma!
     
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    Finkie_Mom It's A Red Dog Revolution

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    GO ZUMA!!!

    Somehow, Kimma was not only able to run pretty darn well for other people (a friend of mine on Saturday at a run through thing at a training club I'm going to start teaching at, and my instructor at class tonight), but we were able to ROCK some distance during the course my instructor didn't work her on tonight! I'm still recovering from my foot surgery, so we did some bits of the course at first. My instructor then had us try it it with my being more in the middle of things and sending her/bringing her back and SHE DID IT! I had to move a bit, but I never had to run and she was pretty far away from me at times. Sometimes she surprises me :D

    She was also SUPER hyped since we haven't done much of anything for the past 3 weeks LOL.
     
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    Zinga played on the teeter for the first time today (other than bang game). She rocked it. I'm doing the Sizzling Seesaws method, and loving it so far.

    Also, I adore this dog. Seriously had no problems with the movement of the teeter under her.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCSkYUIJRTs&feature=youtu.be
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Tonight went well. I haven't updated in a while. We're finally getting to the meaty stuff and omg the heavy foundations work is showing so well. We went back last week and did weaves + foundation only too.

    This week was full blown agility sequences.

    Summer is a genius. She's so good, always right where I want her and always running her little old heart out. Makes me smile from ear to ear to watch her run. Just everything flows very nicely with her.

    Mia was a little bit flighty tonight. No idea what was going on but the first teeter (we did jump+teeter first thing) seemed to spook her. I've never seen an issue with the motion with her before, she's usually very solid. It was full height teeter but we've done that for a while before. 2nd attempt she bailed off the side. We got her over it the third time but she never picked her speed back up on the teeter OR the dogwalk. But other than that, she did well. Mia is much better at keeping focus on me between runs. Summer wants to socialize.

    It's also odd running them both back to back. I had to do rear crosses with Mia where I do front crosses with Summer. My little brain is not that capable of remembering how to handle each dog.

    I'm attending a teambuilding seminar this weekend. And then working OK's first ever USDAA trial weekend after next! I'm pretty stoked about both. This groups is really doing good stuff. I'm so glad I'm training with them.
     
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    ^Just wanted to say you have my full and complete sympathy and understanding on this lol
     
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    That is the reason I ran one dog per day for the first... years... I was trialing!
     
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    Finkie_Mom It's A Red Dog Revolution

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    I've been a bad forum poster... Been dealing with some personal stuff, but that's neither here nor there...

    I just wanted to post a video of Kimma from class tonight - first time running her since my foot surgery! She was HAPPY to get out there LOL.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgwG8fArntI

    We have our next trial in 2 weeks! I'm hoping that we can pull out both novice titles (needs one more leg each for standard and jumpers), but I'm not holding my breath :p

    (Though some "good agility trial" thoughts would be greatly appreciated in any case ;))
     
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    She looks so great! I always love how natural and relaxed you both look. Good agility trial thoughts your way. Me and Lo are entering our second one at the end of February.
     
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    Everything's going well over here. Summer's suddenly decided tunnels are scary. We're going to have to backtrack on it quite a bit because we can't do so many of the exercises since she's not going through tunnels. She makes up for it in cute points but trying to run on top of the tunnels. Our major work this week is going to be tunnels.

    Mia ran so well tonight.

    I am working at our first USDAA trial on Saturday. Yay!
     
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    Lo's never been a huge fan of tunnels either. We had a little trouble this week when the opening to the tunnel was right next to the A-Frame. We did it, but I had to go pretty far out of my way to block out the A-Frame entirely.
     
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    That's crazy, both of my boys have always been drawn to the tunnel for some reason. I guess I got lucky! (but Frag refused a dog walk last weekend so we NQd.. it's always something!)

    Here's a video I just found on my camera of Recon about a month ago at a show and go at our local kennel club. He's about 5 months here just jumping 8" and tunnels. Short clip since you can't see him once we moved farther out. He's still not slowing down and I love it! We're working skills (2o2o, wrapping, and focus) at home and logistics at class, getting him onto a teeter and used to open weaves. He's doing fantastic transferring home practice over, luckily!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeAh_UkPnKw
     
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    He's 5 months old? or you've training for about 5 months?
     
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    He was 5 months old in this video. He is 6 months now.
     
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    Oh, I didn't know you could start them that young. I wanted to start agility with Gwen but we were told to wait until she was about a year.

    We'll start doing some agility this spring, since she's about a year and half now.


    I'll finally get to be in this thread! :D
     
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    It is not good to start repetitive jumping, contact hitting, or weaves until after growth plates have closed at maturity (or close) but flatwork, tunnels, and short jumps are totally fine in moderation. We don't jump in class or regularly, we just run through sequences. But the breeder said jumping below their elbows was fine up until a year, so we occasionally do a few jumps at 8", like this show and go. He's still got a table under his teeter and the poles open though, so no pressure there at all, and he only works on rubber matting usually.
     

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