Dogwalk Download

Posted: July 30, 2012 in agility foundations, running contacts, tricks
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It has been a long time since I’ve posted an update on Jagger’s running contact process. In a lot of ways, not much changes from day to day. But when I look at where we are now compared to where we were two months ago, we have made tremendous progress!  Here is a recent highlight clip of last night’s training session:

I left in more of the raw footage than usual, and I uploaded it at regular speed instead of slow motion. I think it’s nice to see some of Jagger’s personality and his learning process in the raw footage. One thing I notice in this video as our biggest item of progress is how much better he is at understanding that the goal of the exercise is to get onto the dogwalk obstacle. We have struggled with this for some weeks. I get the impression Jagger was not entirely bought into the idea of the dogwalk in and of itself being a goal, and was trying to explain to me that running on the grass after the ball was MUCH faster. Anyway, I am *very* proud of how he is thinking about how to get himself onto the ramp in the above video.

And since the title of this post is the dogwalk download, here are a slew of our videos from June as we worked through raising the planks and figuring out how to set up exercises. You’ll notice there is a long gap between the end of June and the end of July with no video. Jagger is fine now, but he had a series of unfortunate events at the beginning of July, starting with a bad fall from the dogwalk. He needed a week’s rest to heal, and at the end of our first session back he managed to put an inch and a half long gash down the back of his throat with a stick while playing in the yard and was out for another two weeks. Sheesh, talk about a freak accident. We spent about a week working on rebuilding his confidence on the obstacle, and we are now finally (I think) getting back to where we were before the accident. Certainly an example of why the hind foot awareness tricks you see us practicing in the videos are SO important.

And finally, this clip just makes me laugh:

I have seen both my dogs slap down a single front foot in the yellow plenty of times when they have that moment where they realize at the last second they are going to overrun the contact but are supposed to touch it. This was the first time I’ve seen a dog slap down both hind feet in that moment!

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