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Browsing Archive: April, 2011

Little hitches n glitches

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Friday, April 22, 2011, In : Agility: Foundation 
So we were doing wonderfully with kenzie running through the tunnel and then down the board, but then when I reversed the tunnel so that I would run down the other side of the board, she started jumping and doing something weird with her gait. So I lowered the board down to flat on the ground again and then had a shaping session to the end of the board once more. Since I had lowered it back down to flat on the ground, I decided that it was the perfect time to switch to the skinnier board (the...
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How I catch what I want/dont want

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : Agility: Foundation 
I have given up on trying to watch her feet at all, I now just watch her top line. If she is running the way I want, it will be perfectly flat all of the way through the board. This is guaranteed not jumping, and therefore what I want. When I see this I mark it and reward. When I see a lump in her top line (ie she jumped), I just do not mark it and either throw the toy but not very far, or I do not throw it at all. I think I should still be throwing it, since I do not want her to lose speed/m...
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Thoughts on the RC method so far...

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Monday, April 18, 2011, In : Agility: Foundation 
So, as I was telling my Agility instructor Mary Van Wormer, I can now see why they say that Running Contact training is not for everyone...after I decided that I needed to start at square one after three weeks of hard training...I almost gave up. I actually thought about it, but then I went to church and felt that the sermon was written just for me, telling me not to give up on God, but to keep up the good work, trusting that He would bring a harvest. SO...if it were up to me I would have giv...
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Tunnels and Jumping and Running, Oh My!

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, In : Agility: Foundation 
We are having so much fun! Now that Kenzie is running through tunnels, I am teaching her how to run with me, but still have obsticle focus...and she is catching on very well! It is so rewarding to see her lock her eyes on the obstacle and go to it with confidence, as opposed to running watching me and always missing the jump, tunnel, etc. I got this by teaching lateral disctace with the curve drill:


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A method that works for US

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : Agility: Foundation 
So, yesterday's practices went great! Basically I had to decide to train my dog the way that makes sense to me, as opposed to the way that others have trained their dogs. So I just focused on shaping the correct end behavior, and then back-chained it, the same way you do a teeter. She did GREAT! Since it was really slow in the beginning when I first started shaping, it was very clear that the click came when she got to the end of the board, not the middle, and not the beginning. Then she got ...
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Lets try this another way...

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Monday, April 11, 2011, In : Agility: Foundation 
Ok, so I started her back on the board last Sunday, but she started jumping again on tuesday and wednesday. I decided that the difference between running her on the ground (which I did before running her on the board each time) was just too different from running on the board. The board was a good 4" off the ground, so I decided to stop practicing until I could get what I wanted to run her on. So I got a 1/2 in plywood board. I am now teaching her to put her feet on the last portion of the bo...
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Going one step back, but two steps forward!

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Monday, April 4, 2011, In : Agility: Foundation 
So I found out that if I ran along side of kenzie, she would jump due to added drive. Also, if I were on her right side, she would almost always jump. If I were on her left, she would give the perfect running behavior. So I decided to: change the dirction of the board, we were running east to west, so now we run north to south, and then also take away the board, so that she is just running between the gates (still 10' apart) on the grass. She has absolutely no reason to jump now! So I ran her...
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Large variations in practices

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Friday, April 1, 2011, In : Agility: Foundation 
So yesterday we had a good, horrible, and great practice...weird. The only thing that was different about the last practice was that it was later in the evening when it was cooler, and she seemed to have more engergy than in the afternoon practice when she was really really hot. She had a 70% in the am, less than a 50% success rate in the afternoon with lots and lots of jumps, and  100% perfect runs in the evening. This afternoon she did the less than 50% again, but it was also pretty hot, so...
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