YOUR PROGRESS IN THIS COURSE:
Hi, Daisy, here is our video of the FMFC and Send.
The first few trials (not all are shown on the video as there was basically no improvement from trial 1) I was always running into the dog’s line when doing the FC close to #2.
Thank you for commenting!
@Sabine TRIAL 1 – While the timing was fine, you were, as you said, running in to Dizzy’s line. TRIAL 3 – Just about the same as trial 1 TRIAL 5 – THIS IS GOOD – this is the best one. Nice straight line from you, nice stop, and nice turn from Dizzy!! A+ on this one. TRIAL 6 – This one is pretty good too, not as good as trial 5 but pretty straight, good timing 🙂 TRIAL 8 – moving in to Dizzy’s line a tiny bit, but just a little, so this one was ok – not… Read more »
Thank you, @Daisy Peel, for another very helpful feedback! Just to clearify, when I was talking about ‘no improvement’ I was talking about trials 2-4, which are not shown on the video (I was always running into Dizzy’s line). I also thought that trial 5 was better then those, but that’s really very interesting, that you consider trial 5 the best (I am very proud about this A+ from you 🙂 ), when I thought trial 6 or trial 9 were. Will have to re-watch the video and compare, but thank you for giving me such a clear goal to… Read more »
You’re quite welcome!! 🙂 Once you’re aware of it, you’ll likely see the problem diminish, but awareness is key!
Here you go. Lesson 2.1. On our first attempt, Spiff dropped bar 3. I wasn’t surprised, dropping bars on a slice has been a problem. I have thought that any choppy handling on my part and often my opposite arm causes handler focus and her raising her head. I don’t know here what caused it. If you can see something I can fix I will be forever in your debt!
@Sandra Haigler On the first attempt, the forward motion front cross is good, BUT the send is…not a send. In order for it to be a send, you can’t be moving in the same direction as the dog as the dog commits to the jump. Looks like what happened was that you were still moving forward with Spiff, and didn’t change direction or decelerate til she was over the top of the bar, so it came down. In slow motion you ARE starting to change, but you’re still rotating forward and are stepping forward with your inside (right) leg so… Read more »
Got it. Thanks.
Hi Daisy. Here is our forward motion front cross and send.
@ClairePutman OK, after a first review, here are some overall thoughts – in each attempt, you’re still dipping in to Andy’s line as you rotate for the forward motion front cross. It may be helpful to think of drifting toward THREE as you rotate; if you make that your goal it’s likely you’ll stay straight (a sort of overcompensation). In each case, your forward SEND is I think pretty nicely timed. In general, your timing is good, and you’re finishing the forward motion front cross and then decelerating/changing direction for the forward send quite nicely. Nothing is jumping out at… Read more »
Here’s our FX and Send.
I think you’re focused on that little competition you’re going to in Europe so I won’t expect to hear from you for a bit. 🙂
I’m just going to indicate that I’m done and keep working on these drills.
Have a blast and good luck! Go team Daisy and Frodo!
@Kerry Stevenson First attempt: you have drifted in to her path a bit as you’re completing the forward motion front cross, and you’re REALLY close to the landing side of number three. She seems fine with this, but these are pretty controlled conditions – make sure you’re moving straight and not converging on her here, and ideally, you won’t be right there on the landing side of two cuing collection (this is not that kind of front cross). The forward send and pull looks good but remember to try to get her across the box to the next jump 😉… Read more »
Worked this on Sunday, had some problems to begin with getting in his path, while running it I thought I improved that has we prescribed, but when I watched this I wasn’t certain I placed the FC appropriately.
@PamAnthony Yes, you’re dipping in to your dog’s path instead of moving toward three 🙂 This is a big issue for many of us; just watch some other people’s videos and you’ll see you’re NOT alone. It causes all sorts of problems, namely, the number two bar will come down. The timing of your rotation is GOOD, just need to make sure you’re moving toward 3 the whole time and not toward the middle of the box. AND, the forward send is fine as well. Now, contrast this with the front cross followed by collection cues – basically nothing changes… Read more »
We are just back from lab specialty and excited to get back to working through these skills. I think these first three are going to require lots of practice for me, but decided to give them one more shot before moving on. I worked on not dipping into his line, but then didn’t get him through the gap (always more to work, I guess?). Looking back at Linda”s comments “It is important for students to be sure they have made a connection as the dog lands off jump 3 before moving toward 4. If you are showing no motion, and… Read more »
Trial 1 :
Trial 2 :
Trial 3 :
Our first exercising of this unit.
@dana.ruda Trial 1: the forward send portion of this was GOOD. However, with the forward motion front cross, you really dipped in to your dog’s path, instead of continuing straight down the line toward the camera. Make sure you’re moving on a straight line with the Forward Motion Front Cross, or at least moving toward the next obstacle, and not in to your dog’s path (which in this case is opposite to the direction you want your dog to go). Trial 2: Same thing here; the forward motion front send portion is really nice, but the forward motion front cross… Read more »
Hello Daisy, herewith our new trials of this one:
trial 1 :
trial 2 :
Daisy, I feel I’m getting a little better about dipping back into Andy’s path. I think I could use more work on this and I’ll keep working at it, along with the plank exercise.
@ClairePutman This is pretty good – yes, there’s a 1-step dip, but the SECOND one was actually really nice here! You’ve made some real improvements in your footwork – the big question is, do you feel as though you’re able to maintain those improvements in ‘real life’? 🙂
Thanks for your patience while I was in Europe!
Daisy, here is my video with a plank…sorry, it’s so boring. I didn’t try it with my eyes closed (I was afraid that would have made a real spectacle!) I’m not sure that was what you were looking for, but it did seem to get easier. (I spared you looking at all the times I did it)
Yes, that’s basically it – as you get more comfortable with it try to take bigger steps while doing it. It’s actually HARDER for me to do slow and at a walk than it is for me to do moving with a little spring in my step. It’s a good exercise because you realize right away how much core strength is required to stay on that plank without falling off! I love it!!! So, when you took the plank away and tried a FC, or BC, did it seem easier to stay straight?
Yes, it did seem easier to stay straight but I posted my FC & send below so I’m anxious to see if you think I improved my line…I’m pretty sure you’ll say I dipped into her path though…
We went through all of the exercises again today. I did have to give an additional “right here” cue for both the push and landing side BC. We do layer jumps, so she doesn’t think twice about moving forward while I am on the other side of a jump. My timing on the LSBC is better – I can turn and see her take off over the jump and it worked much better. Also, I walked through each sequence first and had an “AHA!” moment when I found myself wandering into her path. After doing several runs, I tried the… Read more »
Yes, it’s quite common for dogs to get a little motion sensitive when handlers aren’t moving much, and then when you do start moving again ZOOM they really go a bit far afield at first. But, things will even out! I’m so glad you caught yourself and had that AHA moment – that is a great sign of good self-coaching!!
Daisy, please excuse construction noise!
@Janie Peirce your forward send looks good BUT your front cross has suffered a bit 🙂 That’s normal when focusing on something other than the forward motion front cross but try to maintain the quality of the cross as well as the added send. Make sure that you’re starting the rotation as your dog is finishing jump *1*, rather than waiting for your dog to lift for jump 2. Then the forward send will be even easier to time right!!
Hi Daisy, Well I screwed this up again. I rented the ring today so that I could film lesson 2 but apparently the ones that I didn’t want to film got filmed and the good ones didn’t get recorded. I have the ring again on Monday morning so I can redo these then also. This one is just one with the front cross. Not our best. By now Piper was tired and distracted as one person kept coming in and out periodically. Very distracting when the ring is quiet and empty. Sorry for the bad technology again. I couldn’t get… Read more »
No worries @CarlaBaker ! I’ll do what I can with what you’ve posted 🙂 In the first video you never did get the front cross down quite right; you need to make sure you are doing just as well with the forward motion front cross PLUS other things as you did with the forward motion front cross by itself. If the mechanics and timing for the forward motion front cross by itself are not automatic and smooth, they’ll get even shakier when you start to add things on top of them 🙂 So, I’d recommend making sure you’ve got THAT… Read more »
Hi Daisy, Here’s one video with front crosses and I believe one with a blind for lesson two. The ring rental was messed up and two of us were booked at the same time so I only had 1/2 an hour so set up only a couple of jumps to get to videotaping more quickly. Piper had two days of showing this weekend so she tired quickly of running through the tunnel. 🙂
@CarlaBaker you should be proud of your determination to get these exercises done! I can’t quite tell why your dog is running around the jump, however, and while it’s fine to just set up some of the jumps, and not all of them, I do think it’s important to set up those parts as close to the figures as possible; it’s pretty difficult for me to tell what’s happening here for comment 🙁 If you get a chance to set this up again please do so. AND, because of your technical difficulties, don’t worry about running out of time, we’ll… Read more »
Hi Daisy I failed hard on this one, I think I can see what I’m doing wrong after going back and watching your demo video… I will have to go and try it again this week.
@Jenni Young It’s hard for me to tell because you’re off screen at a critical moment for the first couple of attempts BUT it looks like you’re still coming out of your rotation for the forward motion front cross as your dog is landing the second jump, so you’re still giving forward cues. I’d expect then to get that off course jump 🙂 You’re also moving forward still with your feet In the third attempt, and then after that, you make a better effort to cease all forward motion toward the jump as your dog is heading toward it, and… Read more »
Thank you Daisy after watching your demo I realised it must have been my motion towards the jump.
Module 2 , unit 1 Forward Motion Front Cross and Send ( trial 1)
@Merck Salazar Well, the first thing we need to get absolutely perfect is the front cross. This is a great camera angle; you can pretty clearly see how you’re moving in to his path instead of toward the third jump, almost every time 🙂 This is a very common problem and if you can get it cleaned up you’ll be in a much better position to cue clearly. So, make sure you’re moving straight forward OR toward the third jump with the forward motion front cross each and every time, instead of in to the middle of the box. The… Read more »
Thanks for the informative analysis Daisy. Well said. Yes, I review your video ( Fig. 6 ) and I recognize my mistake.
Carter ( Forward Motion Front Cross and Send) Trial 2
@Merck Salazar Your forward motion front cross looks GOOD – first one, nice and straight line, second one as well, nice and straight down the field, and the timing of the rotation is good. I do think that the rotation for the front could be EARLIER, so you’re done earlier. And, I’d recommend running down the line closer to three than to one and two – that way when you do the send (pulling away from the jump as Carter approaches it) you’ll find that you get a better turn, having been closer to it when you ‘sent’ away from… Read more »