The dog she had a problem with during the first class was again not present. Hope everything is okay with them.
"Thru" sequence video - It's not easy to see them, but behind the carwash are several things (foot obstacles) to walk over. If you watch you'll see Gimme's head get higher. None of this is a challenge for her.
Ladder work video - The ladder is set with the easy side up. The dogs
have 5½-inch wide steps to work with and Gimme finds this really easy.
Sequence 1 video - This sequence starts with the carwash and foot obstacles,
then the hoop stand, the ladder, a box (out of video), ladder, hoop
stand, foot obstacles and carwash to end. Gimme does great with it -
she loves to do-do-do.
Boardwalk video - The boardwalk is set up
using two benches, so the dogs have to step over the arms of the benches
to walk the boardwalk. Gimme is completely unconcerned by this
Sequence 2 video - You'll notice right away that I
was having Gimme "halt" (stop) on the boardwalk. Since Gimme was so
unconcerned about the boardwalk made of benches, our guest instructor
wanted me to up the ante by adding repeated control points on the
boardwalk - always a good idea with Miss Go-Go-Go. I was proud of her
responding so well to the cue and once I was even able to "halt" her with her
front and back feet on either side of the bench arm. From there she
has a chair to go "below" and a milk crate to do "hands" (2 on), which
she turns into 4 on. It takes me a moment to get positioned so I can
interrupt her and get the "hands" I wanted. From there we do the hoop
stand, ladder, and box. You'll see while we are practicing our stay in
the box, the guest instructor turns the ladder over, so Gimme now only
has 1½-inches to work with. Initially I was moving her too slowly, but
once I moved her faster and got her to think about what she was doing
(instead of thinking about the treats I had), she got it pretty well.
on my trainer hat, I think it's too much of a change in increment to go
from 5½-inches to 1½-inches. I've been thinking about it and have come
up with a way to add a mid-point increment to the basic ladder. I'm
going to talk to the guy who does the building of stuff for
Pawsabilities about building the ladder the way I'd want it with the
ability to set it up with a 3½-inch surface for training. It's really
not that hard to make the change and would be very secure/stable when
Sequence 3 video - A plastic tarp was put down as
part of our sequence. The other dogs danced around it before getting on
it, while Gimme walks right up and starts walking on it while she
checks it out. It just doesn't occur to her to do otherwise. Another
change was to reverse the order of the foot obstacles on the other side
of the carwash, making an additional challenge for the two taller dogs,
since they needed to bend a bit to step up on the higher platform while
they were still under the carwash. From there we did the hoop stand,
ladder, open barrel, box, open barrel, hoop stand, foot obstacles,
carwash and back over the plastic tarp.
Sequence 4 video - For
this sequence, the tarp has been moved inside the open barrel and a
small platform has been placed where it was. The sequence is boardwalk,
go below a chair, 2 on a milk crate, hoop stand, ladder, open barrel
with tarp, 4 in box, barrel with tarp, ladder, hoop stand, carwash, foot
obstacles and table for 4 on. Gimme really enjoys the sequences.
"Bacon" 1 & 2 video - Gimme tried throughout the evening to sneak in
"bacon" at any opportunity. So when we were given the chance to do
individual work, I gave her a chair to "bacon" onto. She's done higher
obstacles and this kind of chair before, so I was surprised at her
reluctance to get her front feet into the chair. I gave her a
couple of chances before moving to a lower obstacle. I wanted her to
end on a positive note. Gimme is very honest and doesn't just refuse to do something without good reason. She so loves "bacon", when she wouldn't finish the behavior, I had to assume something was bothering her. So, I was glad to know we were scheduled for a chiropractor appointment the next day.