YOUR PROGRESS IN THIS COURSE:
Here is my video, the turn around part feels slow, assuming it’s due to my mechanics
Actually, @Stefanie with regards to the first one, I’d go even a little bit SLOWER. The reason being, if you go faster, they tend to flip/whip around instead of bending, and bending is one of the primary reasons for DOING this – to encourage it as a way of turning rather than flipping, which is what most dogs will naturally do. You really have to make sure you keep your cookie low and slow to encourage bending, which you’ve DONE here, it’s just worth pointing out.
The second one was better; it was slower 😉
BTW your mechanics look fine – just stepped back a little too early and moved a little too quickly for the first recall here.
I tried again today, felt better in this session
First one looks good, second one as well – first one he sort of swings a bit wide but as long as he’s coming in mostly straight, you’re probably fine. Remember that you can do this recall any old time they’re coming in to your front 🙂
Here’s our Backup Recall. Sorry, jumped the gun before you reviewed the last one.
And about the tagging, your name does not come up when I try to tag you.
No worries – my username is peeld – so if you put the ‘at’ sign before peeld, it should pop up. BUT, you don’t really NEED to tag me; I try to check at least once a day. Days like yesterday, I didn’t get to check in at all; I was out in the arena on a 19′ scissor lift shifting all my fluorescents over to LED strips. Big project, and I’m proud I only sliced one finger open LOL. But I redid 12 fixtures in about 6 hours. Not too shabby for somebody who isn’t an electrician 😉 OK… Read more »
Thanks Daisy. Is it ok to post another video of this with better bending? I’m also having trouble getting her to stay in the heel position immediately after the cookie, additional cookies to keep her there maybe? I hadn’t noticed until I edited the video to keep it short. I might try cheese and holding onto it longer to keep her nibbling while she gets into position and is held there longer. And yay! On the lights! I’m that kind of person too that would rather do it myself than pay someone to do it, even if it’s harder, but… Read more »
Yes, absolutely post another video!! Cheese may be better for this than discrete cookies, which can be hard to dish out quickly enough without making a mess of things, especially when you’ve got a puppy that is moving around a lot!
Yes, I learned that those T12 fixtures can be SHARP!! The LED strips look incredible though 🙂
@Daisy Peel The lower cookie and slowing it down seems to help. We’ve worked on this a few times today and I see it’s better on the right hand, need some more work on the left. (Interesting that I’m struggling with that side with Jazzie)
Definitely bendier if you keep your hand a bit lower, that’s a good improvement! I agree, she’s bending better on the right than on the left, and I think part of it is that you keep your arm closer to your body on the right and tend to swing it out a bit on the left. The last one, though, you made an effort to keep your arm close to your body and it looked good!
Thanks, I can see that I’m just a bit sloppier on the left. Will work on that, thanks for the feedback! Really enjoying working through this.
You’re welcome @Patty O'Bleness – it’s definitely time well spent, and while it’s not always easy, it’s pretty simple, IF you have some guidance wading through the text 🙂
Well, this is a little awkward and silly, but we’ll improve as we practice more! She does seem to be bending nicely! 😀
@agilitymalinois if you think THIS is awkward, wait til you get to the push on the flat, LOL. When I first put this course together Linda had to walk me through it on the phone because I was CERTAIN she was wrong (she, the AUTHOR) 😀
While Kindle is doing fairly well, you’re missing a piece. As she comes in to you, your arm should go back, but also your LEG should go back. Take a look at the demo video again and give it another go 🙂
Ohhhh! I read that and promptly forgot which is why video review by someone else is so helpful. Here we go again with another try, I am so happy to be doing this, and the awkward push as well when we get to it as I just feel I never taught my talented older dog what she needed to know to truly excel. Then again, she has always been happy just to be with me and be working with me, titles don’t matter to her of course. She’s always #1 to me. (edit: always a challenge to review instruction, train,… Read more »
OK, here is “Take 3”, which includes my feet together as she starts out. See if this one is better. Thank you!
@agilitymalinois Similar here – you’ve got the footwork sorted out, and the THIRD one is better than the first two, but the first two she sort of jumps as she realigns with you, instead of bending. So, keep your cookie nice and low, and don’t be in a hurry to make this fast and snappy – fast and snappy doesn’t help her beeeeeend. The higher your hand, and the faster she goes, the more she’s going to jump/spin in to heel position, instead of bending and turning (which is what we want). So, low and slow 🙂
@agilitymalinois I totally get it with the video editing 🙂 It takes a lot of time! I actually don’t know that it HURTS you to have that leg forward…it just makes things a little more awkward, maybe. I do think that some of these are a little too fast – meaning, she’s coming in nice and fast (good!) and straight (good!), but, you may want to delay the step back just a moment until she’s slowed down a hair more, that way when you DO draw your leg and arm back, she will bend a bit better. If you watch,… Read more »
Ahhh, I see what you’re saying. I will do again. That is the advantage of a class versus just reading the book. Sometimes you just don’t get it reading words and you need someone to watch what you’re doing. Thank you!
OK, here it is low and slow…I still don’t see a lot of bending but I know she CAN bend from watching her in the “circle a cone” exercise. Perhaps more practice will help, provided my mechanics are good here. See what you think. Thanks!
@agilitymalinois Hmm, you can probably stretch that leg back further, and, you can always delay swinging it back a bit if you feel she needs to slow down a bit in order to bend nicely and not just whip around. Lean in to her a bit as she comes in to you, the pressure will help her slow down a bit 🙂 She IS bending, most of the time. Not as good at 0:12 or the two after that, make that three after that, but that’s because of how fast she is coming in. If she decelerates as she comes… Read more »
Thank you. It’s starting to sink in. Appreciate your patience with explaining over and over! 🙂
Yes @agilitymalinois – if I wasn’t familiar with Linda’s material for nearly two decades now, I’m not sure how I’d manage to follow it all 🙂 Even so, I *still* learn from Linda when we meet up…
Here is our back up recall. Watching the video now, I think on the second repetition, I am not rotating my hips back enough, is that right? Also with the third repetition, I didn’t have him sit because I was so pleased with how well he came into heel on the left side!!! Progress 🙂
@Shelby As you draw your hand back it’s coming UP instead of staying level (first one, also second one, both on the right). Third one, on the left, is MUCH better. You seem more coordinated on that side, your cookie stays low, and he bends much better 🙂 He never HAS to sit once he’s in heel position; I don’t ask my dogs to, although they might, as a consequence of me drawing my hand up. But, it’s not necessary here IMO. in any case, I don’t know that it’s a hip issue in the first two, the first thing… Read more »
So these were interesting lol! I know I’m biased, but I do think the larger the dog, the harder these may be. It was hard to get them to do the turn and actually bend, not just rotate. I will say I did a few BURTH recalls before these ones in the video and I could see I wasnt setting them up right so hopefully they’re on a better line here. I’m new certain I’m still doing something wrong so please let me know!
I just rewatched you demo video and I can see I was holding my inside arm much wider than you were. I was doing that because they wont be able to turn as tightly as a smaller dog and I was worried they would just pivot around if they were cramped. If my arm position is problematic I can try it again.
@Alisa Healy Yes the larger the dog the more difficult these may be for you because you have to take an even bigger step backwards with your leg and arm. These actually look good. Most people forget to move their leg back as they draw the dog back and then it’s REALLY difficult to draw the dog back in a large enough circle to get bending. You’re find with how you’re using your arm and you’re right, my dogs are smaller and can bend around a smaller radius 🙂
Oh that’s good to hear! Having your feedback is so helpful, otherwise I wouldn’t know if I was on the right track or not. I can get caught up with my perfectionist tendencies so it’s good to have your eye or I might never progress from lesson to lesson LOL! Onward!
Yes, you have to sometimes let go of those tendencies. Sometimes you can get really stuck on a step and even if the dog doesn’t seem to get it, moving forward can be the solution, and then somehow they do “get it” 🙂
These recordings provide great feedback on how much I need to work both sides of my body to provide better information!
When does is this class scheduled to end?
@Sasha Thanks for your patience while I was in Europe. Class is scheduled to last 3 months, and you have six months to view the content. But, since I was in Europe, I will keep reviewing videos til the six months are up, really 😉
However, I’m super bummed, because the links don’t work 🙁 Can you edit your comment with updated links? Thanks.
@Sasha just re-upping my comment to ask for you to edit the video links so they work 🙂 I want to review your work! 🙂
Yes – he is definitely noodley boy! And he and I are extremely thrilled to back to normal activity! I’m sure you can imagine a 5 -6 month old BC on limited activity for 6 weeks yikes!
Here is our back up recall to heel video.
@Sandy Mullis You might want to delay bringing your leg back til he’s a bit closer to you, until you see him decelerate a bit on approach. That way he’ll come in straighter instead of swinging out wide on approach. Remember we still want to encourage BENDING here 🙂 Just wait til you can see the whites of his eyes :silly:
okay – I reviewed my video and do see what you’re talking about. Is it okay to redo the video?
I’m also thinking it might be a good idea to not lead out so far for a while until we get that decal and bend you’re talking about?
Yes absolutely @Sandy Mullis you’re welcome to resubmit!
Here is my redo of the backup recall. I can see two things that could be a problem in the video that I wasn’t really aware of until I watched the video. I don’t seem to be cueing a side for him very well as he is a bit confused as to what side to come to at least once. Also, when filming from the side I see that he has a little pounce when he reaches me. Am I doing something to cause that?
@Sandy Mullis I watched the first one like ten times to figure out why I didn’t think it was super great, and WHAT do I say to help improve it! One of the things I think would help him is if, before you release him, you extend your arm toward him and lean in a bit. That way he’ll know which side to come to. And, as he comes in to you, he gets to your hand first, and then you bring him to your knee those last few inches with your hand, and THEN, the dog, your hand, and… Read more »
I should say feel free to resubmit if you’d like, but you can also move on 🙂
Hi Daisy – I went ahead and redid the lesson. Your suggestions were very helpful. As you will see I did go ahead and read Linda’s suggestions also.
@Sandy Mullis yes, these look better. No confusion about which hand to come to here. Your leg and arm look well coordinated. Doing it next to a wing really improved his bending as well, especially on your left, where both of you seem a bit less comfortable (so, probably need to do more of 😉 )
Thanks Daisy, I think we’re on close to the right track now. And yes, we’ll continue to work on this.
@Sandy Mullis Thanks again for your patience while I am catching up! Time flies when I get busy 🙂
Hello! I am wondering about the language you are using with these recalls. Are you just using your release word or are you calling them to come/heel?
@heatheremitchell Hi there Heather. I just use my release word, I don’t have a formal cue for coming in to me at this point 🙂