Agility Practice Journal Entry
24 Aug 2004
This is a back dated post about Wednesday night class with Dana Pike. Like two weeks ago, the opening was just like a Jumpers course and had a total of about 20 obstacles. The course took the dogs through a similar sequence twice. The first time the dogs go across a diagonal and I , the second time the dogs take an opposite turn cued by a .
It was the type of course that, due to his speed, I have the most trouble handling with Milo. It was a cool night with a little drizzle in the air; just the weather Milo likes. So he was running “at 11” (ala Spinal Tap). Mr. Peabody had no problem, I was in position for the front cross on the second time through and he responded nicely. Milo, on the other hand, burned me every time; I ended up in a foot race if I tried to get in position for the front cross. Trying the rear cross was hopeless since that was the same handling I had used for the first pass through the sequence. So Miloknew that we were going to do the first sequence again... I couldn't solve this one and the rain was picking up. In retrospect, using a verbal leash prior to the front cross could have got him to turn to me.
Lessons Learned - Practice Items
- Mr. Peabody
- Stay well ahead especially when cueing rear crosses
- Practiced weave poles and entries were fine as long as I stayed back on the entry
- Setup front cross sequence for practice
- Mark "hard" front crosses with a verbal cue
- Awesome weaves and weave entries tonight
- I hung back successfully on big turns when I'd be pushing on his line
- Teeter contacts were much better and I reinforced every time
A lot of things went right on this course with one area that really needed work.