Hi Daisy, here is our next video Lol, it’s really funny how things I tend to do very frequently turn out to become rather hard to execute when I start thinking about what I am doing and when 🙂 Again, after watching the video, I realize that I am not running on a straight line although I thought I was. And timing was tricky, too. We did two training sessions today. To avoid patterning I mixed it up with right side/left side trials (but I didn’t move the jumps, so no perfect mirror) and some forward motion fc’s (they still… Read more »
Yes, most of the time we are doing things automatically, not really thinking about them. But, if you’re always in automatic mode during training, you won’t be as likely to improve!! TRIAL 1 – your timing of the arm change is alright, but you are not running in a straight line, and this is very important 🙂 You already recognize that though and that is good! Hopefully you can feel it happening in the moment to fix it. TRIAL 2 – you are not looking at your dog as far as I can tell. Your arm change was ok in… Read more »
Thank you @Daisy Peel for this valuable feedback and reminder of purposeful practice (I also very much appreciated this weeks newsletter of your Agility Challenge)! Yes, you were completely right, I didn’t manage to see Dizzy commit to the first jump most of the time although I thought I should. In fact I was also very much concentrating on running in a straight line, so my timing was really miserable. With the trainers I’m exercising once or twice a month I am famous for not trusting/babysitting my dogs, so they always keep telling me NOT to observe them all the… Read more »
You’re welcome! I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on that newsletter if you’ve got them 🙂 It’s especially good for those of us in the US to hear from those abroad, it helps us realize we are not so different 🙂 There’s a difference between babysitting and watching. I don’t babysit my dogs, BUT, if I’m going to time my cues to when my dog needs to see them, then I need to know where the dog is in space. And, since I don’t have telepathy or magical powers, my eyeballs are the best tool I have, followed… Read more »
We did also today do some BC. But even though it has cooled off, the sun was very bright, causing my little black dog to decide pretty quickly it is hot outside. I see in the video, that I did not run straight, I kind of move over in front of him. I was really thinking about trying to look back at him, as I read you comment about that and not sure if when doing that I just fell off my line? We only did a couple as he had for sure slowed down and looked hot. It will… Read more »
Yes I will still want to see the video, go ahead and post it when you can! And yes, @PamAnthony it is VERY common for this to happen – handler looks back, whether it’s for a FC or BC, and then falls off the line, cutting in to the dog’s path in the wrong direction. I have in the past recommended my students ‘walk the plank’ – put a plank on the ground or a 4×4 and try to do a front cross on the plank – do it slowly! This will help you sort out the mechanics of looking… Read more »
Great suggestions, will definetly try those.
@PamAnthony let me know how it goes if you try those suggestions!
Saturday became the tale of two dogs as we finally got some nice weather and we headed outside to work on some of our homework. The first time out we had bar, bar, bar….I was uncertain what was going on but finally headed back home as I was getting more and more frustrated. We both ate lunch, took a nap, I looked at the video and we headed back out. These were my ideas about what went wrong-I think some combination of the, all -wet grass -jumps set too close together – late cues – moving into his path I… Read more »
i tried the blind cross last night and he decided he could not do the jump coming back form the tunnel. I think it was just still to hot. This morning we went back to working peices to get over the i am too hot. no video as a result. when do i have to have finished this module by to get feed back
@sandy-sanders you’re welcome to go back and video for this module at any time, even if we’ve moved forward 🙂
thanks i will get this under control yet
Thank you for your explanation of the A+ blind cross being that you can say that you saw the dog lifting behind you. This gives me a clear goal.
After you posed the question about how you would change your rotation on the front cross relative to the 2nd jump if you wanted to push to the back of the 3rd jump, I wanted to try it.
It’s a GREAT explanation isn’t it? I can’t take credit for it but I have definitely taken it to heart and it’s a great way to have a clear goal, I agree. It’s hard to change your timing if you’re just told ‘you’re late’ but if you have a GOAL it’s a lot easier to at least TELL if you’re late 🙂 I think your side change for the first one was a bit late – did you see her lifting behind you? Second one as well, I’d guess not 🙂 Third one too 🙂 The Forward motion FRONT cross… Read more »
Daisy, here are some more blind crosses. I tried to be earlier but I think I’m still crossing after the lift off. I was wondering about the dropped bar, but when I looked at it on slow motion I saw that she stepped on the jump base. I guess I crowded her path.
@Janie Peirce The first one the rotation is REALLY late. Second one as well. Third one too 🙂 Fourth one – late rotation. Pretty safe to say the rotation for the BC is late, LOL.
So, make sure you adjust your timing so that you’re starting the rotation as soon as she lifts for the FIRST bar, and then FINISH it in time to see her lift for the SECOND bar. AND, make sure you’re staying on the path the whole time – in this case a straight line. No drunken blind crosses 🙂
Hi Daisy. Here is our blind cross.
@ClairePutman In the first one, you rotated a bit late and REALLY drifted in to your dog’s path instead of staying in a straight line. In the second one, the drifting wasn’t as bad, and the rotation was earlier. The bar came down the first time because of the drifting across the dog’s path instead of moving straight. That straight line is HARD but no drunken blind crosses 🙂 SO, remember, start the rotation as the dog lifts for the first jump. Finish it in time to see the dog lift for the second jump, AND stay on a straight… Read more »
Call me determined! Went back out to the field to try again!
@Janie Peirce First one looks pretty good, you start rotating nice and early, although your line isn’t as straight as it could be. Once you start rotating, get it finished a bit more quickly if you can – did you see her lifting behind you? If so, you’re good. Second one, you rotated pretty late 🙂 Third one, you rotated late AND dipped in to her path…oops 🙂 The first one was the best one here! Make sure that you’re starting the BC as she is over the first bar, and finish it in time to see her lift for… Read more »
Hi Daisy – Here are our Blinds. You mentioned on someone else’s video that should be able to watch their dog lift for the jump prior. That kind of concrete timing feedback is super helpful and something to shoot for. Here are our blind crosses.
@Kerry Stevenson Yes, that’s a really good rule of thumb, isn’t it? I can’t take credit for it but it’s definitely been helpful for me 🙂 I don’t always meet the standard but at least it’s THERE for me to aim for! As for Harli – sure, the first one was not as tidy as the last one, but she’s young and very inexperienced so I wouldn’t expect her to respond like a seasoned pro. Even so, I don’t think what she did in the first attempt was necessarily wrong or bad; she didn’t take any extra strides in the… Read more »
Harli has a rather short attention span so I can only do a few reps of the same drill before she starts to check out. It would be helpful for me to be able to access all of your videos for the lesson so I can mix them up. But in order to do that I need to mark them complete. Will that mess you up?
Nope, that’s fine, go ahead 🙂
Hi Daisy. Here is our rerun of the forward motion blind cross.
Thank you. Claire.
@ClairePutman Hmm I think you’re a bit far forward on the first one and pulling away too early, you risk pulling Andy off the jump #3. You’re also dipping in a bit on this one. The second one looked pretty good! If you look, you’re still not running in a perfectly straight line although it’s a LOT better in all of these 🙂 When you leave Andy at the tunnel, rather than angling in as you run down the field, make sure you’re getting in to where you want to be right away; any movement side to side as Andy… Read more »
Hi Daisy, I just did this once when I did my FMFC’s yesterday he has never done one like this only a simple one out of a tunnel. I thought I would check in and then attempt a couple more.
@Jenni Young Looks good to me! It’s going to cue a lot of extension, more than the front cross of course, so you may want to open the jumps up a bit. But really it looks good 🙂
Daisy, I think a light finally came on when I read the last sentence in your last review…I marked the field…still trying to run a straight line…
@Janie Peirce I can see the yellow lines outside the ‘box’ but there needs to be a line INside the box, because you are still dipping over as you do the blind cross. Practice this slowly and without your dog first. Get on that yellow line and just walk down the field, from one end to the other, doing alternating blind crosses, looking back over your shoulder, sighting down your arm, BUT staying on that line. The good news is that this will also help you look back over your shoulder while riding your bicycle, without falling off 😎
Moo and I seem to struggle a bit less with blinds. I see my lines wave more than I thought so I might run these again tomorrow. ?
@Shenna Lemche Welcome to the course! Yes, I imagine that these days folks are more comfortable with blind crosses than even a few years ago. Conversely, a lot of us have probably gotten a bit weaker with our front cross skills; the forward motion front cross, always a tough one, is likely to be even tougher for folks these days 🙂 Yes, in the first one, you’re definitely leaning/drifting over to the right (camera right) and your dog clearly reads it and takes the bar on the far side. SECOND REP – still definitely drifting over a bit, although your… Read more »
Forward motion blind cross :
i did exercise it again and it looks better than first time. Also this time i post it in the right section.
Our previous exercise you have seen, but i place it here as well as you advised, if other participants do look.
Welcome to the course, @dana.ruda ! 🙂 Thanks for your patience while I was getting myself and Frodo overseas. Forward motion blind cross: It’s not clear to me if you SAW your dog lifting for the jump behind you (jump 2) as you finished the blind. It looked a bit late to me. Start your arm/side change as your dog is committing to the second jump and get it done in time to really look back and SEE your dog lifting for the jump behind you. Then, even if you’re by yourself and don’t have a camera, you’ll KNOW you… Read more »
I have to repeat it and be careful to do the arm change in time and have my eyes back to see the dog before he jumps. I shall redo it with this in mind. Thanks! Nice that you are in Sweden, surrounded by agility world 🙂 i hope you shall enjoy it a lot.
I’m in Germany at the moment, with a good friend – but, I will be in Sweden next Monday, after a few days in Denmark 🙂
So I commented on my thread above and posted some more video, but it says comment waiting moderation….not sure what that means so let me know if I need to post again.
No worries @PamAnthony I think I got all comments approved just now 🙂 Only the first one should need to be approved.
@PamAnthony I think I have gotten caught up on your comments and videos, let me know if not!
I like your suggestion of making sure you SEE your dog take off when doing a BC. IMHO, Badly timed BCs are more dangerous than badly timed FCs because you lose sight of your dog. And then, anything can happen 🙂
For sure!! Better to be too early than too late!!!
Module 1,Unit 5-Forward Motion Blind Cross
@Merck Salazar Nicely done – you’re moving in a nice straight line down the field, in the first one. Mostly, in the second one, but you do dip in to his path a bit. I already reviewed this video in another post, so see my comments there 😉
Hahaha. I decided to use this video as demo # 1 since my training program is interrupted again due to the incoming typhoon which will hit our province. Thank God, it is not as severe as forecast.
Oh man @Merck Salazar I can’t even imagine. As it has been some days, I hope all is well?