27 April 2009

More handling...

Yesterday Lene and I did some agility training again. I spent some time on getting Orkan to keep up a straight line to a jump after a tunnel even when I'm a bit behind (throwing the toy), but our straight lines obviously still needs some work. Another thing that needs work is his response to a front cross or a threadle. He kept turning extremely wide in a front cross situation, even though both my positional cue, the front cross and the repetitive pattern of doing the same exercise several times should have gotten him tighter. I will spend some time on that with one jump, I think. Anyway - we have gotten some training on doing several obstacles with successively more speed and independece over this past week, and I can sense some progress. Look forward to see if we do a bit better on wednesday than last week :-D

One thing I've been twisting my mind about is that Lene thinks I'm over-cueing my blind cross body line (bcbl) by turning too much, or maybe too soon. I tried to do it more slowly (can be seen in the video below), but then I under-did it, which lead to Orkan stepping in towards me (which is absolutely correct since he had met the face of my bcbl and I hadn't kept moving it towards the jump. Then I accelererated the movement agian, but the jump was already a flick, so I'm glad Orkan didn't jump it. Anyway - when I try to think about not turning too fast (aka being to far ahead of my dog, sort of) I end up being too slow! Extremely frustrating. I can see on the video that Lene has a point - I do turn very clearly, and could probably be a smoother handler if I didn't. But a) I don't think it's a very big issue (correct me if I'm wrong!), and b) I think it will fade away when Orkan and I get more "into" this system. As soon as he starts understanding my cues better, I will probably be able to make them smaller. I hope? If any of you have thoughts on this (or thoughts on my handling) I would love a comment...