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Old 06-20-2013, 08:47 PM
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I'm having one of those days where I feel like a shitty trainer. I need a drink. lol
Aww Go cuddle your dogs, realize that we all hit rough patches, and start again tomorrow. Or the next day. Or next week, or whenever you have the desire again.

If it means anything, I think you're a pretty impressive trainer. You have two VERY different dogs, and you're able to be successful with both of them.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:52 PM
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We've never done 2x2's, we started off with channels- but couldn't quite get them closed all the way. (I had the same trouble as you too, where it was tough to get her to stay in the channels-- we had to go with 4 targets to start off with). After a while it became pretty clear that we weren't going to get them closed all the way, so we just went with shaping. I still move along them with her though. I do think weaves are tougher for little dogs-- all the other dogs in our classes had no trouble at all.

By that point though, she sort of had the idea that she was supposed to do something involving the poles, so she caught on to the shaping super fast.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:03 PM
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Vodka soaked gummy bears. That's what agility people do.

Also, Mia hasn't self-destructed. You are clearly a wonderful trainer. I'm not sure many of us could have made that happen.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:08 PM
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Aww Go cuddle your dogs, realize that we all hit rough patches, and start again tomorrow. Or the next day. Or next week, or whenever you have the desire again.
Haha well we went to this dog thing and they were brats.

I am glad to know it's not just my little dogs! I do think the bigger dogs 'see' the channels better. If that makes any sense.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:13 PM
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Vodka soaked gummy bears. That's what agility people do.

Also, Mia hasn't self-destructed. You are clearly a wonderful trainer. I'm not sure many of us could have made that happen.
I want vodka soaked gummy bears.... that sounds yummy.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:16 PM
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Haha well we went to this dog thing and they were brats.

I am glad to know it's not just my little dogs! I do think the bigger dogs 'see' the channels better. If that makes any sense.
I think in general it's a little easier for the bigger (non-toy) dogs to establish a stride rhythm, too. Webby's small but he can still double-stride the weave poles. Kim and Mira can single-stride them. The very little guys often have to take multiple steps through the poles and while they do establish their rhythm it seems to be more complicated in some ways.

They will figure it out, though
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:19 PM
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Haha well we went to this dog thing and they were brats.

I am glad to know it's not just my little dogs! I do think the bigger dogs 'see' the channels better. If that makes any sense.
I feel like there's a lot more steps in between each pole too so it's easier for them to pop out.

I'm not sure if it's a little dog thing or just a Lola thing, but she's also so close to the ground that she sees EVERY little tiny thing on the ground. If somebody drops like a microscopic crumb on the ground, she sees it
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:59 PM
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Just a question from an ignoramus - are the weave poles exactly the same regardless of the dog/breed? Like, the number of them and how far apart from each other they are?
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Just a question from an ignoramus - are the weave poles exactly the same regardless of the dog/breed? Like, the number of them and how far apart from each other they are?
Yup. 24" spacing in all venues as far as I know. 6 poles for novice dogs, 12 for the rest.
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Yup. 24" spacing in all venues as far as I know. 6 poles for novice dogs, 12 for the rest.
AAC has 12 for starters more often than 6.
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