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Agility Tonight (part 1) - update, part 2
« on: July 06, 2009, 08:04:03 PM »
Just got back from Griff's class.  He did pretty well.  I was right when I figured I'd have to work harder to keep his attention off of the other dogs than I do with Bella, but he wasn't bad.

I was a little surprised how reluctant he was to do the tunnel, especially sine we have one at home, but I guess that just gives me something specific to work on.  He did much better on the chute and table, and he LOVED the jumps.  They're only at 8", but he soared over them like they were 20" broad jumps.  The instructors were cracking up at him.  My crazy boy.   :smitten:
« Last Edit: July 06, 2009, 09:47:39 PM by blynn03 »
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1)
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 08:17:02 PM »
Be nice to see him in action... :yes:
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1)
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 08:54:32 PM »
how fun! we need pics of him doing jumps :laugh4:

cant wait to try it with samps.
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1)
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009, 09:47:15 PM »
Just got back from Bella's class....we got SO much done and we were only there 35 minutes.  I kinda wish they'd let us have the whole hour...but it seems like they've got a pre-set "curriculum" of stuff for us to do and once we're done, we're done.   :confused:

Anyways, she did excellent.  We worked all off leash, and she did pretty good staying with me.  She got off track a couple times, but came back to me easily, and never had any real zoomies.  She didn't refuse anything (not even the tunnels or chute - which were here weak spot in her first class), except when she jumped off of the dog walk halfway through the first time.  She's not going as fast as I'd like.....so I've got a couple ideas to work on that (bringing her tug toy, trying different treats, etc.)

BUT - we still need a LOT of work on the weaves.  They are not clicking for her yet.  She has no idea what I want her to do, and I don't really know how to make it click.  I have a set, but since my hard isn't fenced yet, I'm not comfortable working with her off leash on them yet. 
« Last Edit: July 06, 2009, 09:49:27 PM by blynn03 »
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1) - update, part 2
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2009, 07:53:18 AM »
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BUT - we still need a LOT of work on the weaves.  They are not clicking for her yet.

What method are they using to teach the weaves?  Are they using Channels, or straigh weave poles?    We were taugh two different ways,   the "Noodle" method, and then using Channels.    I think the Channels worked better for us.

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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1) - update, part 2
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2009, 07:55:37 AM »
Also for correct weave pole entry we were taught this exercise in class, and we do it at home as well - Help make sure they are always entering from the left.   I am using it with Kash as well before he even goes into class so that way he knows entry right off the bat.  Hanny was taught weaves first, and then correct entry after - make it harder to correct, but she is better.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4432109_teach-agility-dog-weave-pole.html
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1) - update, part 2
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2009, 08:19:14 AM »
We're using channels, with wires.  I haven't been able to work with her much at home since I don't have my fence yet (don't even get me started on that  :wall:). 
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1) - update, part 2
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2009, 08:21:50 AM »
If you are using wires assuming that the channels are closed?   I just saw how you would use wires on open channels, my bad.   Never seem them before....learn something new each time!
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1) - update, part 2
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2009, 08:49:06 AM »
The channels are partially closed...just enough that the dog can't walk a straight line through them.
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1) - update, part 2
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 09:20:58 AM »
we learned both methods (channels) with Sophia but the maccaroni's (noddles) method REALLY worked for us. I went straight to that method with Strummer and he can do 6 weaves now and is faster at them than Sophia (well she's more accurate). To me, they "get" it and you can teach entry from the get go.

a few website that are good explanations.

http://users.tpg.com.au/users/rloftus/weaving.htm

http://www.click-l.com/Gems/HowTo/fog0000000011.html
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Re: Agility Tonight (part 1) - update, part 2
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2009, 09:45:59 AM »
Weaves take a LONG LONG time to learn, and preferably you need to be working them everyday. So just be patient - it will come.

Glad to hear classes went well with both of them  :thumbsup:
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