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Old 09-20-2012, 10:22 PM
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Anyways, I do think we're making progress both in that her stays are very slooooowly getting a bit better. Maybe. But more importantly I am realizing little things she's cuing off of that I do. She has a hair trigger. I'm still not quite sure how to handle it.

My trainer has also pointed out that watching me work both in a row, I'm a lot firmer with Summer and more consistent with her as opposed to Mia.

It's nice to have another set of eyes sometimes.
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I have a video of one of our recent Adv Jumpers runs. Unfortunately it was an NQ 'cause I decel'd too hard and pulled Cohen off a jump, but she did pretty well here. You can hear her barkbarkbarking the whole dang course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzJXwlgfPyY
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:44 AM
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Well amidst all the "real" training and trialing news, I'd just like to add...

Webster helped introduce Cookie to the low DW plank today and it was pretty much adorable. Cookie was all "Do I jump over it? Shimmy under it? Run around it? Gosh darn it gimme that cheese I'm gonna stand on it so I can steal your cheese...wait, really? All you wanted was for me to get on it? But that's so...simple? Alright! Perch on it! Hop on sideways! Make it bounce! Sit pretty on it with my front paws in the air! Look at me look at what I can do!" and I was cracking up. Webster was out with us and ran over to join in on the fun which was great since it got the board bouncing (I had no support in the middle and it's just a homemade 12" x 12' regulation style painted/sanded wood board).

When I released them and walked away, she and Webster stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the top staring after me with "But we want more cheeeeeese..." faces lol


So there's the news from the BabyDog side of things...
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:54 AM
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I have a video of one of our recent Adv Jumpers runs. Unfortunately it was an NQ 'cause I decel'd too hard and pulled Cohen off a jump, but she did pretty well here. You can hear her barkbarkbarking the whole dang course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzJXwlgfPyY
Love it!! Very nice run!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:00 AM
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Not a whole lot new in the world of Zuma and agility. We've been doing trials just on Sundays pretty much every other weekend to every couple of weeks. Last week we did a DOT at a small CPE trial, mostly because my boss peer pressured me into it so that I wouldn't sit at home and mope all day. We both used it as a training trial, seeing as though we did 5 runs in a day versus the usual 2. Because we were doing training stuffs, ie hitting the weaves 4 times in Jackpot because Zuma has trial weave issues, we didn't have a very spectacular Q rate. 2/5. LOL. But that's ok, we did a lot of really, really good stuff that should hopefully help out at future trials.

I'm pretty excited though, it's becoming indoor trialing season which means the trials at our school are starting up again! Zuma is brilliant at our training facility, the mats are cushy and allow her to really dig in and turn sharp and she doesn't tend to loose her baby-dog brain as much. Next trial isn't until the end of October and is a 3 day USDAA, and we are entering our first team tournament with my boss! So excited, hopefully we don't disappoint them too much. From then, I think we are going to stick pretty much at our home school until next spring unless another trial catches my eye elsewhere.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:46 PM
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We're still having trouble with our jumping skills. He's inconsistent with his jumps. Some runs will look fantastic and some runs he'll plow through every jump. I do think it has to do with his excitement levels but I'm not sure how to fix that. I also know he was naturally flat but started in flyball (knocked boards even at 12 inches when younger) and dock dogs.

I have worked the linda mecklenburg stuff with jumps and we do a lot of figure eights to work on tight turns and jumping up but he's still a very wide, long jumper. I am still working on it but would appreciate some exercises to address this with.

Sloan is a long jumper as well but she has the ability to pop and seems to be tighter most of the time (she does get flighty and wide after long absences).

Here is Backup today though, not terrible but you can see out of the tunnel his jump starts so early. We're also building the rush to stop on the Aframe, it's so much better than it once was but it is still a work in progress.

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This is kind of boring but I've been working Mia daily on her stays with an obstacle in front of her. She's gotten a lot better at home and at the park but I will be interested to see if it translates over to the field tomorrow night.
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Here is Backup today though, not terrible but you can see out of the tunnel his jump starts so early. We're also building the rush to stop on the Aframe, it's so much better than it once was but it is still a work in progress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IY9O36HNio
He has come such a long way in a few short months...he's looking really good, driving forward, trusting your direction. Awesome!

As for the jumping, I think it's hard to judge when you're working on a surface with slippery footing. Do you ever train at the outdoor field anymore and does he jump the same way there?

Also, at the seminar I was at a few weeks ago with Pan, the instructor commented on the often-lacking jumping skills of the Mals she has seen in agility, even at high levels of competition. I realize now that jump grids and foundation jumping exercises are something we will always have to practice throughout her agility career.
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I have worked the linda mecklenburg stuff with jumps and we do a lot of figure eights to work on tight turns and jumping up but he's still a very wide, long jumper. I am still working on it but would appreciate some exercises to address this with.
Zuma is very wide as well, mostly in trials not so much in training anymore. A problem I see when people do grid exercises or any form of jumping exercises is that they do it in a methodical, calm manner. Which is a great place to start, however you have to do the same exercises while your dog is in a higher state of mind as well. I'm not sure if this is something you've done with Backup because obviously I'm not watching you train, but I know it's something I'm having to go back and re-do with Zuma again and again. Drills bore both of us and she tends to slow down while we are doing them, so I have to take extra measures to amp her up and keep her in that "trial" state of mind.
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I usually start everything with him slowly with treats (which he has minimal drive for) and then brave a toy which bubbles him into oblivion.

I did notice last night he jumps differently on grass, I only own two jumps and they are recent so this was a first attempt but he was knocking a lot.

I appreciate the compliment. I am having a lot of fun working with him but I'm finding myself frustrated with the jumping.

Off to review jumping exercises....
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