This is our last class for awhile - at least until after Christmas. Unfortunately Jo and Diane both had the flu, so we had the other guy to instruct us. He's not very effective, so it turns out to be no more than a guided practice.
Personal session video -
This is another session on teaching Gimme to back on a board. Gimme thinks just bumping the target with her foot should be enough, so she gets a little frustrated when I wait for her to actually step on it. She normally backs up so readily and fast, so I can sure see this is a challenge for her.
Sequence 1 video -
Just a simple little warm-up sequence.
Sequence 2 video -
This is the same sequence as before and the second time Gimme had difficulty starting with the "thru" pool noodles. It was set up so close to our barrier, so she had to turn sharply to get started into it.
Sequence 3 video -
This sequence starts with having Gimme only put two feet in or on props she is used to engaging with four feet, a simple challenge. We ended by going the other way. Gimme gets on the last prop so forcefully and ends up skiing across the floor until I get my foot behind it.
Sequence 4 video -
We again started with Gimme putting only two feet in/on those props. My goal was to make sure she didn't walk through the prop when we were done - which I think muddies the concept of "hands" on props she normally engages with four feet. The "walkies" board falling down right as Gimme stepped off it scared the crap outta me. Jo checks those kinds of things after every dog. Fortunately Gimme isn't bothered by strange, loud noises even if I am.
Sequence 5 video -
We hadn't done "bacon" yet and it is Gimme's favorite, so I let her do it on the tic-tac board. Then when we came back around I was going to let her do "bacon" on the yellow donut thing, but it kept running away from her. I love how she keeps trying.
Sequence 6 video -
Gimme did a nice job on this sequence. This time we did "hands" on the three props going one way and then "box" and "table" when we came back around the other way.
Sequence 7 video - Same sequence. Gimme did a nice job, especially at the last "thru" where she comes out just 5' from our classmate, who she pays no attention to.
It's been a long time since we've worked on anything hard in class, but it's still always a great chance for her to work near other dogs. We are going to miss class, but as we gear up for the holiday season, I just really can't spare 5 hours (long drive). It'll be great to get back to it afterwards. Meanwhile Gimme and I are already videotaping for her ADPL5 entries.