Here we are practicing our 4 turns on the flat — pull, push, FC and RC. Lots of cookies! Thanks!
@agilitymalinois I like these! I like that you are being purposeful with your footwork, nice big OBVIOUS steps, and I like that you’ve got those cones out as well, to help keep yourself going in a straight line (and also to help with the push). With the RC-RC, you could probably move your leg back a tiny bit earlier but frankly I’m trying to find things to be picky about 🙂
Lots and lots of cookies 😎
Here are my moving turns. Still feel weird about the push.
Also not to self to bring different treats for this, I had to just let him lick at the ones I brought out instead of giving it to him a bunch
@Stefanie These look good – no flipping, all bending. With the pull you might exaggerate your step a bit more to really encourage bending and also to practice your own lateral big steps away – lots of sideways lunging on course when you change direction 🙂
You will ALWAYS feel weird about the push, LOL. Trust me. It’s a very important skill, and on course it’s not so bad, but on the flat it’s always weird, especially if you have short legs 🙂
We worked on adding motion to our turns. I may have to redo the push and pull as we did more of a circle than a turn.
@Patty O'Bleness Her front crosses look really nice. With the rear crosses your hand is a bit high and twirling her around a bit fast for the first couple of efforts, but then she catches up, so it’s no longer too fast, but I do think it’s still a bit too high. When you switch to the side view, it’s a LOT better; THOSE ones are really nice!! PULL – yes this is more of a circle than a 180 back and forth. Really focus on stepping away/back with a big step, and keep it more of a back and… Read more »
We worked some more on the Push and Pull. She acts like she’s never been fed! Biting my fingers and just won’t calm down. Truthfully, I have to move on because I’m losing my patience with her and motivation to finish the class even though I know how important it is.
Eek I know I’m behind but not THIS behind! Just messaged you to say I missed seeing you and Fly in the class and then found THIS video 🙁 If you’re losing motivation, move on. Or, take a break. Intersperse some of this with tunnel training, or some other training you’re doing. I get that some of this stuff can be tedious compared to some of the other more dynamic training we’re doing with our pups, but you’re right, it IS important. You don’t need to obsess on it, just DO it. Even if the above video is the only… Read more »
I’ms trying to go on the next unit, but when I click on “complete” it comes up with “security check failed” …??
@vheffalump did you resolve this? I’m guessing if you log out and back in that will resolve the issue.
The pushes still feel weird and I feel like money are really wide, am i doing something wrong or is part of it that my dogs are big? Other than that, these were fun!
@Alisa Healy Nice big exaggerated movements, good footwork. Repeat after me: pushes are weird. They just are. They sort of violate the natural way you and your dog move relative to one another in the real world. And yet, pushes WILL happen on course, and when they do, BECAUSE they violate everybody’s sense of normalcy, it’s even MORE important that everybody be comfortable with them. Your dogs are tall and LONG – so, when it comes to pushes, they’re going to be wider than those of a papillon!! But, watching the footage as I write this, they look fine. The… Read more »
@Daisy Peel Here are my basic turns on the flat. It looks like I may have gotten ahead and combined turns. I can redo this if needed!
@Sandy Mullis That’s ok, don’t worry about it. Your pulls look good, as do your pushes. I’m sure it feels weird to wander around like this, but it won’t last long. Once you’ve done this a few times there’s no real need to linger here. Hopefully in the past week you’ve already moved on! 🙂 Your front crosses on the flat look nice as well, as do the rear crosses – it’s hard to tell which is which from this angle but that’s kind of the point; the footwork SHOULD be the same, just the direction that the dog turns… Read more »
Hi @Daisy Peel ! Here is our motion + turns video. I think I said it like 5 times already but PUSHES ARE AWKWARD 🙂 while I was editing the video, I noticed that my hand was too high, so I redid the video with it lower… but now I feel like I’m crouched!
@Shelby yea pushes never get less awkward. But you have a huge leg up if you understand WHY they are awkward, and can manage to handle them, AND have a dog that understands what’s happening as well. You may well be crouched, but this is for the dog’s benefit, and you won’t to crouch once you’ve moved beyond these foundation stages, I promise. You could always duck walk 🙂 I agree, the hand was a bit high in some of them, try to keep the head level and the spine flexible, but don’t obsess; this is ‘good enough’ and you’ve… Read more »