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Old 06-25-2013, 01:07 PM
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What can you guys recommend to keep dogs looking forward while they run?

We had our first drop in class with Recon last night in months and OMG he's a spaz and was quite frustrating. I got a few things to work on (driving towards toys over jumps, etc), but I've always worked on them and it apparently hasn't made a difference. Maybe we just need to do it more? He never USED to have this problem, it is brand new to me.

He's great WHILE we're doing that sort of stuff, but when it's not sitting there for him to steal err.. I mean, see, he's not. He ran into two jumps last night (splitting one into a bazillion pieces) because he will not pay attention to where he's going whatsoever.

eta.. I don't keep food on me and hide my toy and it still doesn't make a difference. No hands, no words, and he's still running into jumps!

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Going back and retraining foundations with jump drive, etc, (going out and looking forward, shaping) is the only solution we found to work for my handler obsessive dog.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:18 PM
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Agility training fosters is a good way to turn them into foster failures.
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She speaks the truth. C'mon, I have Bloo, you can have Karma...
I'm seriously considering sitting my parents down and talking to them about possibly keeping her. I mean the other day my dad did say that I should be doing agility with her instead of Abby since she has the energy for it and abbers is starting to slow down(course we'll still to agility until she no longer enjoys it etc)... So maybe he's softening to the idea...
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:21 PM
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How long have you guys had her? Quite some time, if I remember correctly?

We've had Bloo since July and finally it was just kind of "well, she's not an easy keeper, but nobody else wants her and she's a hell of a sport dog prospect" lol
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:32 PM
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We've had her since February I believe... It's just so hard adopting pitties out. I've had a lot of interest in her, but it was mainly people wanting to breed her, weren't actually educated on the breed, couldn't provide proper exercise, not to mention she's a fence jumper so that turned quite a few people off... Well that and her insane energy...

But I love everything about her so I'm hoping my parents see things the same way like "she's been here and clearly not going anywhere so might as well stay".
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:06 PM
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Going back and retraining foundations with jump drive, etc, (going out and looking forward, shaping) is the only solution we found to work for my handler obsessive dog.
This. Training them to find their line as well. Foundation exercises meant to increase obstacle focus include sending to targets, wrapping around jumps, sending to jumps, plank work, anything that has the dog moving away from the handler with the handler giving little input (IE not moving with the dog).
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Always, always rewarding on the reward line, too. That's part of the foundations but it has helped B look for his reward away from me and specifically in front of him.
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^Nope. Nope, nope, nope. I don't want that to be true. I have my first drop in handling class with Lucy next week. She shall stay a foster. I swear it.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:27 PM
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This. Training them to find their line as well. Foundation exercises meant to increase obstacle focus include sending to targets, wrapping around jumps, sending to jumps, plank work, anything that has the dog moving away from the handler with the handler giving little input (IE not moving with the dog).
Alrighty. We did a ton of this as a puppy, maybe during his break he just forgot it all. Hopefully it helps!
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:28 PM
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Always, always rewarding on the reward line, too. That's part of the foundations but it has helped B look for his reward away from me and specifically in front of him.
Truth! For handler-focused dogs, it's good to reward away... For insanely obstacle focused dogs (ahem, Zuma), it's good to reward at the handler's side.
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