Here is my Distance and speed video. This one was a bit of a challenge for us. We have practiced it quite a lot. I do like this exercise though. One reason that I do like it is that Kit is learning to think while working which can sometimes can be an issue with him because he just wants to do everything very fast and not necessary think about it! In this training session we did 14 total attempts. I did not show you every attempt in the video. He got it wrong 4 times and I have shown you… Read more »
Hi Sandy, I can really see how he is thinking about the directions. So cool to see! I think the ratio is good enough to move on, as all the following exercises will deepen his understanding. Now to your question. I use my left and right for jump obstacles only, as I don’t want to loose the ability to send to a jump when they come out of a tunnel or off a contact. If I would start to use it for turns off of contacts for example, my dog wouldn’t know whether to go out to take the jump… Read more »
Thanks – I may think of other questions – but these were the ones that were bothering me. I was concerned about using them off of contacts for the very reason you mentioned. It’s so nice to see such commitment already in a 10 month old pup using this method!
We worked on this exercise a few times and this was our best session!
Nice discrimination! If you want to go for some more speed, engage him in a game of tug before sending him in the tunnel. This will also test if he knows his cues unser a bit more arousal. Also, you can try a straight tunnel that will make you run towards the jump a bit, to test things further 🙂
Hi Anna, I read a comment you made on someone else’s post that you use one set of verbal cues for jumps and other verbal cues for other obstacles. How many turning verbal cues do you use? If my dog is at the bottom of the dogwalk and has to turn left into a tunnel which is directly next to the dogwalk, is it ok to use the same word to mean turn away and take the tunnel? For example, can I use the word “turn” to mean turn away from me to take the tunnel on the left as… Read more »
I think a general “turn away from me” works just as well as a second set of directionals. Chose whatever is easier for you. The important thing is to discriminate between left & right on jumps and left & right on the flat or other obstacles. Those should be separate, or you will lose the ability to send to a jump over time.
I hope this helps 🙂