Went out and tried a few on each side
Thought he did great staying straight on the line to me and decelerating to his stop
@Stefanie the first one is good for beginners; he kind of took a funny step toward the end as though he wasn’t going to come in straight…and then he did. The second one looks REALLY nice. He came in nice and straight, STOPPED nice and square, you made sure you delayed a bit while rewarding, and then stepped forward…this was nice!
Love the herding dog crouch before he takes off for the second recall! 😆
Here’s our collection recall.
Great job with the first one; try to keep your cookie low enough that she doesn’t sit; I might keep my cookie a bit lower here for her; try to keep the bridge of her muzzle parallel to the ground and you’ll be at the right level. Great sit stay!!! Very nice job lowering your cookie on the second one BEFORE releasing. She stops nice as she comes in, but again, if you keep your cookie a bit lower you’ll encourage better bending once you do step forward. Your pause is good as well – the pause between stopping her… Read more »
Thanks Daisy. Appreciate the lower cookie tip. Little dogs are hard to reward properly! I’m sure you’re finding out with your Sheltie! 🙂
LOL, well, I’m short, so that helps! I’m also mostly sitting on the ground at this point! But yes, it’s a great way to get my daily squat count taken care of! 😛
Daisy, how often would you practice these recalls? They appear to understand the recall and coming to the heel with a lure, but do they really understand what we are asking? How long does it take to set the behavior to an understanding? I guess this could make a good warm up exercise before other training. Would you always use the lure?
Excellent question @Patty O'Bleness – I usually start recalls like this the moment I get my puppy, and although at this point I don’t set aside time for FORMAL recalls til later, every time I recall my puppy to me, I take the opportunity to get my hand really low, and encourage them to come all the way in and stop straight. I always use a cookie; this is more about teaching them how to use their bodies purposefully and mindfully. Later, I may omit the cookie and substitute a hand touch, but there will be a cookie to follow… Read more »
Awesome! Thanks, and it’s so quick and easy to just practice this daily. I have an issue with Jazzie not coming into the right side on FXs and I’m sure it’s because of this foundation work (or lack of it). I didn’t pay enough attention often enough.
I agree – on many occasions now, I’ve seen massive improvements in wide front crosses when handlers go back and work on recalls. One of my students has a super fast sheltie that is constantly ducking behind her when she’s just standing around. That was a big red flag for me – the dog was also going super wide on front crosses and circling behind her. Once she started being aware of the ducking behind and stopping it the front crosses got better!
Here is our collection recall.
@agilitymalinois First one looks good. Second one looks even better with regard to the stop. Third one is fine but I think you can put a little more distance in between you and your dog now. Work up to it of course, but work up to the dog ~15′ back (4m or so). The last one is ok….but do make sure that you set it up so that the dog is coming in on a line that is perpendicular (90 degrees) to the line you’ll eventually have the dog on when you step in to heel position to finish this… Read more »
Daisy Peel is there a way to look at the next couple of units to see where we’re going next without marking this unit as complete?
Sure, you’re welcome to mark a unit as complete, you’re on your honor there 🙂
Hello! Here is our video. This is after a few short sessions. I’m not sure why his left sided heel is so much more crooked than his right side – I have worked on them both an equally little amount of time! I am going to try to do some heeling work in our training room, against the wall, to prevent his butt from swinging out, then try this exercise again. I wanted to get that figured out before I added speed. Is that right? Or do you want me to try this again tonight, with speed?
@Shelby Yes, this is not about speed, it’s about mechanics. As speed comes in to the picture, mechanics are going to get worse, so you want them to be pretty solid before adding in more speed. I’d pause a bit longer between him coming in to you, and stepping forward to make the 90-degree turn. Let him settle and really learn to anticipate a STOP. If you move forward too quickly they’ll learn to sort of swing in to heel position as they move around the curve. Think of this as TWO separate behaviors; the stop, and the bend. You… Read more »
We redid this one. Also he’s still having a lot of difficulty coming into heel squarely, so I added a wing, on the left side only, to try to prevent him from swinging out quite so much.
You can turn to face him a little bit more; the second one and subsequent ones looked better than the first but that may be a trick of the camera angle. He LOOKS square here, but again, I can’t tell looking at him from the side. Certainly, he looks like he’s stopping reasonably well but I agree, if he’s coming in crooked, help him be straighter. He looks a bit better on the left. If you’ve worked on swinging in to heel position, that can exacerbate the problem; it’s a competing behavior to stopping square 🙂
My dog is not recalling straight, but rear goes out to the side. How do I improve it?
Great question, Linda! This is a fairly common problem. There are a few things to play around with – first, make sure you’ve lowered your cookie BEFORE releasing your dog, and REALLY lean down and in as you recall them, as this body language will help them put on the brakes earlier. You can face your dog a bit more than you currently are, and that may help as well. You can also put a wing out such that if they swing their rear as they come in they’ll bump in to the wing. You can do recalls near a… Read more »
Daisy rather than retyping what you have written I want to copy and paste parts of your comments over to my notes, but the browser does not support ‘copy & paste’ using the mouse or the keyboards nor does it support drag and drop. Suggestions 🙂
You should be able to highlight with the mouse and then right click to copy, then paste in a note…just tested it and it worked no problem. What browser are you using?
Here is my collection recall with Kit.
@Sandy Mullis What a view you have, I love it. NIcely done on the first one, nice and low with the cookie, and you encouraged him to stop nicely. Nicely done the second time too, AND, super solid stay!! That’s often the hardest part with puppies, I know that Taco is nowhere near this…we haven’t even started on stays, doh!
Kit looks great, because your mechanics are sound 🙂
Thanks Daisy. I’ll start doing a little more distance and see if it all holds up! Kit is super easy to train. I can’t say enough good things about this puppy that Donna Polka bred! Smart and so eager to learn.
Here is Ruby and Moses’ collection recall clip. Does it look like they’re stopping straight on the line? I don’t see much swinging out of the rear end in order to stop but not sure if they need to be stopping straighter.
@Alisa Healy There’s a foot coming up in the first one but it looks straight to me!! Second one also looks good. Moses, not sure if he had a straight line to come IN to you in the first place but he does stop square. Make sure he is coming in perpendicular to begin with; the second one you do with him looks better in terms of coming IN on a straight line. If they come in at a slight angle or on a curve, it’s very likely NOT going to be as nice 🙂 But, these look good. I’d… Read more »
Okay, so Ruby is looking okay, but Moses’ back end is popping up a bit. Do I have that right? He is so much dog to stop lol! Should I decrease the distance or just keep practicing with the distance I had in the video?
Daisy, here is another attempt at Collection Recalls with Moses at a closer distance. I still see a leg popping up but it doesnt look as bad. Should I stay at this closer distance until he can stop all 4 legs at once?
@Alisa Healy Actually I think these look fine – I’m curious what happens when there’s more distance and speed,now!
OK, breaking the rules a bit here, just because it is getting late in the term and I usually practice all three of these together. Here are our three recalls. Let me know if that’s a problem — if so, I can do it one at a time.
This is fine @Wendie"Schneider" although I’d prefer videos to stay on the pages that relate to the topic 😉 COLLECTION RECALL – first one looks ok although check your stance, legs apart will make collection easier to get than legs together, plus you’ll never stand legs together on course 😉 Make sure you keep her head low/level as you finish this one. Second one was better, with respect to your stance. Vesper stops nicely in both, just letting you know since your stance will be more important when there’s more speed coming in to the recall 🙂 Also, in the… Read more »
Will do another round of videos tomorrow morning. 🙂
Here is a second round.
@Wendie"Schneider" COLLECTION RECALL – first one looks good. Footwork is good, cookie is low, dog stops nicely! Second one, same. Good footwork, dog stops nicely, cookie nice and low 🙂 A+ EXTENSION RECALL – on the right, looks good. On the left, as suggested, you turned your shoulders toward Vesper a bit more than in the previous video, and got a better stop in heel position. I’d still keep working on it as it still seems a bit weaker. BURTH RECALL – don’t forget to move that leg as he comes in! When Vesper gets to your hand, hand, leg,… Read more »
We still have quite a bit of distance work to do.
one for each side ~ Thank you
Jill & Zipper
@Sasha Shoot, these links don’t work 🙁 Can you edit them so I can watch? Thank you for your patience while I was in Europe!!