YOUR PROGRESS IN THIS COURSE:
Here’s our Rear Cross on the Flat:
When you lure her forward, make sure it’s ONLY forward, and not forward and across your feet. There’s no ‘S’ curve here, only forward and away. Almost as soon as you’re luring her forward, you should be turning her away; she shouldn’t be crossing over in front of you here.
The hum of the AC 😉
Thanks Daisy, I will study up and work on it some more.
Rear cross on the flat take 2
@Patty O'Bleness The first one looks good! You’re drawing only forward and away, rather than the S curve you had going before. Oops, at 0:24 you did the S curve thing 😉 But it looked like you caught yourself doing it, so that’s good!! A+ on the rest of them, really! Very nice. Time to move on!!
The dog was certainly willing for the RC on the flat but my feet were a bit confused, lol! I practiced for several minutes without my dog and still was a bit confused when doing with my dog but overall this went very well.
Yes @agilitymalinois for sure, being comfortable with the flatwork footwork takes some time and awareness. And, although this isn’t technically a HANDLING class, getting the footwork down so you can affect a change in your dog’s movement IS a key component of handling 🙂 Remember that the footwork on your part is the SAME as for the Fx on the flat – the only difference is the direction you turn your dog’s head – forward and away for the RX, toward you and back for the Fx. That’s it, really! As for the video, the very first attempt illustrates a… Read more »
Yes, I see what you’re saying. I have rewatched the example video and I see I read something into it that isn’t here. I will redo my video tomorrow. Puppy will be happy to get more treats! Thanks!
Here we are with no “S” or hopefully less “S”…see what you think. Thanks! I do feel like I see some bending here, versus the recall to heel where I feel like there is less bend…what do you think?
@agilitymalinois First one is a YES! Subsequent ones as well. Take care not to get going too fast, or you’ll start to lose flexibility in the spine, at least at this stage. These look MUCH better, I agree, no Ss here 🙂
Hope we did this correctly 🙂
@Stefanie First one looks good!! Second one your hand was maybe a bit high. Third one was a bit fast…then, you changed to FX on the flat…. But, the first one was good, so were the other two. Just be careful to keep cookies low enough to keep the dog bendy, and move slow enough to encourage bending 🙂
Here is a video of us doing Front Cross/Rear Cross on the flat. I’ll be honest — my brain exploded when I tried to think about footwork, especially for the rear cross. I realize that for as long as I’ve been doing rear crosses on the flat, they’ve been about my shoulders and arms. I don’t think about my feet at all except to get them out of the way. So… here’s how I’m inclined to do both. Eep.
@Wendie"Schneider" footwork is key!! Most of this course is about mechanics of the dog, your footwork is to encourage a particular mechanic. BUT it’s also helpful for you wrt handling because you will be much more aware of your footwork at the end of all of this! With the front cross really keep her close to you as you do it, with your cookie, so that she is encouraged to bend. Same with the rear cross, keep her head close to you with that cookie. You’re doing a good job with the 180 degree turn; many have had an S… Read more »
Here is our rear cross. Watching it now, and reading other comments, I realize my hands were too high… partially because he was especially sharky on the day we did this one (I am wounded!), so I was trying to toss the treats so as to keep all my fingers. I will keep my hands lower and not toss treats as we continue practicing this as part of our daily training.
@Shelby The first couple of efforts here may be a bit fast; don’t move your hand so fast that you get a spin, where his front feet are almost coming up off the ground. Head level and neck and head turning smoothly 🙂 You already know all that though, judging from your comments on the video 😉
Ha, yes, it’s once I upload and watch everyone else’s videos and compare that I do the learning 😀 someday maybe I’ll watch everyone else’s BEFORE I do my own… no, probably not that.
Ah well, @Shelby just the act of knowing you have to set UP the video camera before doing the training will probably help you stay sharp, and the reviewing is great for feedback, even before you upload it for me to see 🙂
Please tell me I did these right;) I do think they are, I studied your video very hard this time. I skipped ahead even though I haven’t gotten feedback on my second attempt at FX on the flat. Trying to move along at a good pace.
Uh oh, I think I was doing the S thing. I didn’t understand what you meant when i was reading the comments until after I watched my own video. I think I started pulling them in front of my body because I had a hard time getting them to spin away from me if I just pulled them straight out and away, my arms are short!Should I try it again?
I went ahead and tried again. Based on your other comments, I think I’ve eliminated the S curve, but please let me know your thoughts:)
@Alisa Healy yes, that first one with Moses, it’s an S. Second one too 🙂 You CAN do this even if your arms are short, you just won’t be able to pull them very far forward before you turn their heads away, and it may be a bit awkward stepping behind. But, yea, no S curves 🙂 Feel free to submit another video 🙂
Just to clarify, I am doing an s curve with Moses in both videos?
I believe that was the case, yes
Hi Daisy – Here is my rear cross on the flat video. I am trying hard to keep my hand low enough so as not to raise his head. I’m pretty tall so it feels awkward to me. Don’t know that I could do it if I were moving any faster…
@Sandy Mullis This looks good – nice and straight, back and forth, no S curves. It’s easier if you’re moving faster; the dog isn’t right underneath you! Try to bend at the knees rather than bending your spine 😉 Approved!