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  1. A flip! That's totaly what it's called. I could't find what I wanted on handy youtube, and its probably because i wasn't naming it right,, I totally can see that it would be super useful as im having trouble getting where I need to be most of the time. It was one of those things in class where it "worked" in class yet I had no idea what I did. It's like somehow my dog Jude figures out everything I ask of him, yet myself I don't even remember what I'm doing He;s a genious at shoulder reading. And nope i don't use a specific system I don't think I'm agility smart enough yet to even try it. Rules aren't my thing. Maybe over time when I'm better and more seasoned I will with future dogs but right now I think it would be better to just learn everything. thanks all!
  2. Agility newb question here... Is a push turn very nessesary in agility? I don't think I like them and they don't make sense to me. Actually I think what I'm learning is called a push turn, like when you push the dog away from you over a jump. Here a drew a picture of it, lol, http://postimage.org/image/11w276io4/ee36faf8/ The instructor said we could call it "out". Sorry if I called it the wrong thing. Anyway it doesn't feel right, like its not being consistent with how I'm training him to read my body language... Unless I'm doing it wrong. Maybe if it was trained by a word command and no body language, but he would still be reading my body.. How do I properly signal it? We haven't done it much in class, and I just realized it'll be on our class assesement monday night (dogwalk push to tire jump), he'll be in his 2o2o so it wont be so bad, I'm just gonna lead-out so it's barely a push, or quick release and keep a running momentum if I am ahead enough. I also realize I use the from "their" in my title Edit to add: I do understand there are more options of handling it, but we are told specifically what handling maneuver to do on the line we are practising. So we learn everything, and get a feel for what works and what doesn't. And then opposite we also have to take lines and figure out what would work for our dogs best. So as I'm learning and figuring out different styles, I find that I don't like this move very much, so I'm seeking to learn more about it
  3. Same here, I guess they know if they go in overdrive they don't get to play because the other dog can't keep up and gets all sookey. Even with his bestest buddy, a lab/rot mix, the only dog that can keep up with him he has to tone is down, everyonce in awhile he will go into overdrive and all I hear is "cry cry cry" from the other dog who can't keep up. I think Jude secretly likes knowing he's awesome
  4. Tell me about it My "favourite" with my dog is when he decides to jump the tire in the top corner between the bungees, I mean running under I can understand, but in that tight little space? really?!! Looking sharp though for first time out fully, had to giggle at that slippery aframe ! hehe!
  5. Will post video asap! Practice on sunday Thanks everyone for everything so far!
  6. Because a few times a year is alright? Ridiculous. It's disgusting. Doesn't have time to shoot his taser, or spray pepper spray, but has time to take out his gun, switch the safety and kill the poor thing? They said the lab barked and growled, never mentioned advancing (which they would of if it happened), so there was obviously time. It wasn't a split second decision. And the officer who fired didn't have the guts to go apologize. What a group of people.
  7. Do you find that when using props in warmups, then taking them out at race time the dogs still turn thinking its there?
  8. Sorry it's taken forever to reply! Forgot my password, so I had to wait to get on my laptop where I have it saved. Props scare me because I'm scared when we do make it to competition (probably another years time) that everything will fall out the window. When people say they practice with props all the time to you really mean ALL the time? Or do you practice sometimes without to make the dog realize they have to hold the turn that way? Or is it a hope that with the thousands of repetitions muscle memory will take over with or without props? Some of my teammates said they have some ideas for him, so I'm excited for next practice to see what combinations work with him. I'll also switch up the distance all the time form the box and practice more up close. I'm trying to get a loan out of a box now too so we can have the chance to practice a lot more. Thanks everyone, and yes that what I meant for the runback length question.
  9. Congrats! What good dogs, both of them! Give them a treat and a pat from me!
  10. Thanks, I'll shot her a pm. I'll post a video in two weeks (darn practice breaks!), I live in Newfoundland, only club in the province and we are still very new. We have a lot of ideas from past workshops and such, but it is something that is so much easier to see in person. I can't wait till another clinician comes in, hopefully we have time to offer privates because that's what I need. I can get a turn on a full run by the start line, but I guess I should gradually move his start point back like you said all over again, until he is hitting full speed again while maintaining the turn. Were still in the tweaking process of his start point, right now he seems to need the whole length of our building, about 50 feet runback to reach top speed, but I'm a bit worried as isn't the legal length? So I'm trying to see the exact point he need now, we'll have been training a year in September so were still getting things together. Props, stride regulators, etc etc drive me crazy. I personally hate them, it's like target lids in agility, ground pole in riding. Feels like cheating lol, and I hate the dependence created. I know how useful they are and the mechanics of muscle memory, but I still hate them.
  11. Excellent dog! I've learned to never ignore nagging like that, almost always means something!
  12. Hi y'all! I'm trying to figure out the best way to help my boy get his box turn when he's going really fast. I'm trying to figure out a good combination of props and where to place them. Where I should be putting stride regulators down. I'll be filming him next practice, but I'm unsure about placement really. He has a fine box turn normally, but when we do full runs he almost crashes into the box he's going so fast, I just can't figure out exactly what to use to collect him and make it one fluid motion. He's not slamming the box, he's trying to do a swimming turn, but he's going so fast he just can't quite get it in. He has a 8/9 feet takeout point in agility, huge balanced jump, he does susan salo jumping so he naturally gets it. IN flyball he obvioulsy single strides (bounce?) through the jumps. Would a stride regulator 5 feet from the last jump do it? I'm very much at a loss. It's very much a collection problem and a when to do a swimmers turn as like i said he's fine when he ins't going top speed.
  13. In the sports world tug drive is GOLD, and makes training that much easier.
  14. Thanks all for your thoughts and suggestions, some very good points here. I'll reply better later on tonight when I get off work, but I just wanted to say thanks!
  15. No thanks a lot! I have a question about something we were doing in class last night though, we were shown different straight line things, push, 180, pivot, and she had us try them out and just get a feel for our dogs and it was going nicely. I learned I have to add more value to the tire as he was going under it, and even once he jumped through the top part where the rope is (scaryy! and this was at 26" where the hole was teeny tiny and my 50 lb bc, way to make things complicated buddy ), if we took it anything but a straight-on line. But overall the jump stuff was going good. He's done susan salo jumping and he is a completely independent jumper so I feel safe learning stuff on jumps. I asked to keep the jumps lower though in practice, that's fine right? I don't think there is a need jumping full height with him while we are learning handling...Sine there is already a high value in jumping and he loves it lol. Second half of the class we went to the other side where the teeter and dog walk were set up next to each other and practiced making contacts (2o2o) more independent. Anyway his teeter I love, super independent he knows the end behaviour is, I don't have to even say "target" anymore, and I don't because I found out that I slow his teeter down when I say it, like I'm interrupting his flow (I try to talk as little as possible), until my timing is better I'm not going to always use it, but I'll throw it in every now and again, so when it comes first real trial time, I can say it because I think he'll need a reminder in that environment. The question is his dog walk is slower than I'd like, It'll get there, I'm not worried but in class at one point we were doing dogwalk-teeter, pivot turn in between and I was thinking I probably shouldn't be doing this right now. As we were doing it I was pointed out to that I'm not standing up straight because I'm running hunched to try and keep up with my dog (I know he's going much slower than he can, but I guess it's still fast to others, lol.. I had the same slouching problem when I rode, lol) so I really focused on not slouching. And then I was told to try and just trot it to see If my dog slows down, and then walk to get him to slow down, so we can get our pivot whatever to the teeter. But I don't want to slow my dog down?! I think if I have him slow down right now he is going to learn that the dog walk can be a slow, deliberate obstacle, right? Which I'm already seeing by letting him do it "slow" all his beginner classes, he would much rather go fast but I think he thinks that I want it slow by not asking for more speed.. I think I need to solidify his contacts more, make it independent like the teeter, yes he might be holding a 2o2o for longer, but he can deal with that, and when I get better we will eventually be doing a quick release from it. So until he is more rock solid on the dogwalk, I'll just stick to a-frame and teeter contact handling work, and jumps. Does this make sense? To me it does, but I don't know if I'm making some crucial beginner mistake, but I think my thoughts have gotten me pretty good results with him so far, and I know what I want out of my dog. I know I may just be a beginner, but Jude can strive for greatness really, he's that dog and I want to bring out his fullest potential and not hold him back because of my newbness Ps. Also doing lots of circle work and Susan Garrett's "One Jump" stuff with him. And watching Greg Derrett's handling videos, which are over my head right now, but I am learning some great things. I love the lending library at my club
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