I had to cut out a lot to make it one minute but I did each recall — extension, collection, back-up recall to heel in 5 foot increments on both the left and the right. You’ll have to take my word for it. Now that we’ve been doing all this for about a month she is becoming more fluent. She tends to flip around in the back up recall to heel, so you will see me bring her to a complete halt before I turn her around.
@agilitymalinois it’s ok if you go over, I just don’t want ten minute videos with a ton of dead time in them 🙂 Extension recall looks good, there was one where you had your hand really far in front of your body and she didn’t stop as nicely but the rest were good! I agree, it takes TIME to gain fluency with these; it’s like trick training, it doesn’t happen right away 😉 Collection recall – I would stop her for longer before you turn her – she is starting to anticipate the turn, particularly in some of the earlier… Read more »
I hope these are ok, we’ve done a few sessions at a distance (also working his sit stay yay)
@Stefanie Yes you need that stay for these for sure! On the first watch through, with the Back Up recall, I’d draw him to the front of your knee; he’s swinging out a bit wide as he comes in to you and you won’t get him to bend as nicely if he’s already swinging wide. The extension recall looks solid. Nice and straight with the stop! The collection recall it looks like he swings a bit off the line, make sure he’s coming in nice and straight, and adjust your hand if he’s not, to correct his line as he… Read more »
Thank you for the feedback!
I went back and worked them again today. I notice on the backup recall he sometimes is not sure which side to go to until he gets closer. Should I go to shorter distances until he starts picking the right side right away or should I try something else?
@Stefanie Hmm on the first recall he’s not coming in straight. He’s circling or bowing out a bit and then not stopping straight. Second one was a bit better but you might want to put yourself next to a wing or something so he doesn’t bow out at the last second.
As to the back up recall, he may just not be able to clearly see your hand – if you move it around a bit or make a big show of putting your hand down by your knee, that may help 😉
We’ve been struggling a bit here with coming in straight and then not doing a very good bend. Went back to work more close.
Here’s the Extension Recall with more Difficulty:
@Patty O'Bleness Nicely done on the first one! Nice and straight there. She is looking good with these! No floppy puppy body here. She’s more solid on the left than on the right, though; I’m guessing that’s your mechanics more than anything, or maybe she’s getting rewarded more on the left in daily activities?
@Patty O'Bleness You can face her a bit more with the collection recall, that will help with the stopping part. Although, the third one looked good…and when you increased the distance you were facing her a bit more, so that’s good as well. I think her bending looks pretty good! Those times when it’s pivoting more than bending, she didn’t stop straight and was already on an angle when she came in and stopped. SO, make sure she stops straight, and the bending will come along nicely. She’s looking good!!
The Backup Recall with more difficulty:
@Patty O'Bleness The hardest part of this is being able to lean down BEFORE you release your puppy. However, if you can lean down, and THEN release, it’ll be much better. The first one, you released as you leaned down, and it wasn’t as good as subsequent efforts, where you had a bit more of a delay between the leaning down and the release; she stopped more crooked. The second one was super nice!! Nice and straight, nice bending. The third one was a good stop, but take a nice bit step back; she pivoted more than she was bending.… Read more »
Is there a distance we should be working up to? In the book, Linda says at least 20 feet. My basement us only 24 feet long and I have a sloped unfenced yard. I think i need to find a better spot to do these with more distance.
I think 20-30 feet is fine, unless you’re planning on being further away than that on course 🙂
Here is Moses at 20 feet in my basement. I wanted to test him here before trying out even more distance. The BURTH recalls are less distance as I didn’t want him to slam into the wall. If you think he’s looking good I’ll try him in a more spacious place.
@Alisa Healy for some reason your most recent comment doesn’t show up on the front end so I am reposting it here for comment:
@Alisa Healy Collection left – nice stop there! He even sort of skidded to a stop! Collection right – again, nice stop!!! Nice and straight! Extension right – this is going to be artificially nice here (potentially) because although YOU are cuing extension there IS a wall in front of you, LOL. So, we’ll see how this looks when you’re in a bigger space. But, this looks good 🙂 Extension left – same thing 🙂 BURTH right – Very nice!! Nice bending, nice coming in BURTH left – Very nice on this one as well! I think these look great,… Read more »
Oh yay!!! Yes, he was skidding just a but on the carpet lol! Even though we were indoors he was still moving with some speed, which I was happy about. Ya, I’m curious how it goes without the wall too! I’ll post another video of him and also film Ruby.
My little bulldozer did better than i expected outside the walls of my basement. I think extension on the right side still needs work, the first one you can see his rear swings out, second one isn’t quite as bad. Please let me know what you see 🙂 I’m really proud of how focused he was in this environment. There is a dog park right next to us and lots of critters around, but he was totally tuned into me 🙂 One question…when we line them up for extension recalls, do we envision the line going straight from our hand… Read more »
Here’s the link
@Alisa Healy Collection left – looks pretty good!! Collection right – Also good! Nice and fast coming in and super stop Extension left – Good dog!!! Extension right – Not as good as on the left… Extension right 2 – Better! Still not as good as the left, though 🙂 BURTH right – Very nice!!!! BURTH left – Nicely done as well! Nicely done on these! Thanks for your patience while I was in Europe, I feel awful that these got neglected for so long 🙁 When doing extension recalls on the right you might want to turn in to… Read more »
And here is Ruby:) I should have lowered my left hand more for the last BURTH recall, oops.
Collection left – Very nice!!
Collection right – Also very nice!
Extension left – Nicely done, a little off track, but nice
Extension right – Better than on the left! She is opposite of Moses 🙂
burth right – good!
BURTH left – also good! Make sure you’re drawing her back only and not back behind your back.
I see that Ruby is the good girl, and Moses, with the long line, is the naughty boy, LOL
No worries! I so enjoyed following along with AWC, tons of inspiration 🙂 LOL, yes Ruby is perfect and Moses is a diamond in the rough. He is EXTREMELY dog friendly and his recall isn’t solid enough yet where I trust him in that training location. I’m so glad these are good overall. I have continued to work these almost daily while out on walks on the trails.
@Daisy Peel I have been working on these for a couple of weeks now. These are all taken at 20 – 22 feet.
I have cut out the obvious blooper ones. As you have pointed out to me previously, on the back up recall he wants to pivot rather than bend so we’ve been practicing with a jump wing. I have been gradually moving it further away. I am also working at keeping his head low as he seems to bend better that way.
@Sandy Mullis First video: His stopping looks good! Your stepping looks good! Switching sides….stopping looks good, although not quite as good as the first side. Still, it looks good – second attempt looks as good as the first side 🙂 You’ll want to keep up with this but you can call it mastered! Second video: I think this looks fine. Yes, you may want to keep the wing there when you work on it, but he CAN bend – it’s a matter of practicing it so that it’s a habit/expectation. No big deal. Extension recall looks great! He’s coming along… Read more »
WOW quick reply 🙂 Winter is a bit of a challenge up here, but most days we can get out. In these videos it wasn’t bad. 40ish temp. I’m fortunate that the agility field has a southwest exposure and it melts off quickly 😎
I appreciate your feedback and your classes. Kit is the first dog I’ve trained where I haven’t had easy access to in person classes and feedback. Closest classes are 80 miles away 😯 Onward…
No problem, I understand! Homeschooling isn’t all bad, particularly if you have access to good information 🙂
Lots of difficulty with coming into heel on my left side – we will work more on this at slower speeds. Also he’s not sending for the back up recall – just turning like a boat. I will go back to doing this one against a wall.
@Shelby Well, it’s not all that bad, just looks like there’s a competing behavior to deal with (coming to front). It’s pretty normal for dogs to orient to us like that, instead of being parallel with us.
You might want to do the BURTH in the house against a wall or something to help him learn how he can bend 🙂 Oh wait, you already said that, LOL. Well, maybe when you’re outside, a wing or something…