Last night at agility class we kicked off our two months of focus on contacts. I am ridiculously excited about this, both of the paps have some things I'd like smooth out in the contact department so this is the perfect chance to proof things I've been working on at home.
The First Step
The key to success in dog training is knowing what you want. So our first last night was figuring out what we want our final criteria to be.
Sometimes.... I have trouble with this. I slip into the "Oooh Look at that! That's close enough to what I sort of want! Yayyyyy Dogger-doo! Here are some cookies for your semi-close attempt to what I think I want" sort of phase. Basically it's the reason I am not active in competitive obedience.
I acknowledge this is something I need to work on, so I guess now is as good a time as ever to start working on it.
A-frame: Jump over apex, striding off. Rear leg separation won't be as pronounced as on the dog-walk, just looking for no jumping. I could care less how many paws end up hitting the contact, as long as she's striding she'll be well within the yellow.
Dog-walk: Striding off, no jumping even if it's in the yellow. I'd like to see her extending her stride more, I see this more as a confidence thing with Lilly though, so if I get more extension I'll absolutely give her a jackpot but it's not something I NEED to see right now.
See-saw: Riding it down with two paws in the yellow, running off once it hits the ground. Waits on see-saw if I ask.
A-frame: Right now, I'm looking for a jump over the apex and four paws hitting the contact zone. Eventually I'll be looking for striding once we work through our dog-walk stuff.
Dog-walk: Same with Lilly, running and extending his stride. Denise is going to let me grab one of the DW planks from the back and set it up in the puppy room at whatever height we're working on till he's ready for the full height DW.
See-saw: Bow all the way at the end of the teeter. Bounce off once it hits the ground, wait if asked.
Look at me, setting criteria.
So, basically what's going to happen is. I'm going to stop running Knight in standard until he has a running DW and his teeter criteria matches the above. He still has a one day TDAA at the very end of July that we'll be doing, but after that his standard runs will be on hold for a bit. I want to set him up for success, and avoid confusing him any further with what I actually want when it comes to contacts.