Thursday, April 14, 2011

A plan and a video

Linda M. provided some excellent feedback on my videos of Summit's jumpers runs and suggested a training plan. I will revisit the Advanced jump training in DJS and incorporate different jump heights such as 18", 20", 22", and 24". Basically he is 1. jumping way too flat at 20". 2. He lacks the ability (or he is not bothering) to look ahead and adjust his striding between jumps. He jumps with such a flat trajectory and extension that he tends to land too close to the take off side of the following jump. He needs to learn to balance his strides to accomodate different distances between jumps. So jump training begins tomorrow (this morning we had wet snow).

Here is the video of my running Crook (Soleil's half brother)in Jumpers. Unfortunately, Don missed videoing a couple of the jumps at the end but it was basically a straight line and I had to really run hard. I certainly could have tightened up some of his turns but this is only the second time I've run him and I don't have a definite feel for his committment point yet. I love this dog! He is so much fun to run!

Soleil did her first RTH over one jump this morning. We also worked on the 2x2's which I am really enjoying since I can use a toy and she is much happier chasing and tugging than eating Bison lung. I really love watching her think through how to earn reinforcement. I've also noticed she is far more accepting of failure when a toy is involved vs. food.

We were almost done with this training session before I remembered to video. Dang! Will video tomorrow.


Kathy said...

Revel also did his first RTH over one jump earlier this week, although not at full height. I just did a few in both directions to see if he understood my position cueing the jump/turn concept. (He's not ready for full height yet.) He got it from the flatwork without a hitch! I was such a proud mommy!

Kathy said...

How great to have a good plan to work on, but durn that snow. Gorgeous run and I can not wait to see video of Soleil, she is at that age when there is so many fun things going on!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

It is so amazing that you can get Linda M's advice from way out in CO - the miracle of videos and the internet! Glad you have a plan for helping Summit with his jumping!

Can't wait to see the video of Soleil learning her new stuff!