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Got to run Stell a few times over the DW at K9 before Frankie's class this week (I dropped in). She's still wonky on the striding. No leaping, but breaking into a trot across the middle and resuming the run again after the second apex.  (I definitely think its because she caught her rear toe on our DW training contraption at home in CT... she was licking her foot for several days after) Everyone watching could see she was worried about where to land her feet around the apexes... However, in class on the course Frankie set, where the DW was somewhere in the middle and Stell didn't have time to think about those apexes and how to avoid them, she just ran it, the whole thing, just like we've been training, but with no frills, no extra toys or treats, and everyone watching said it was a 'BEAUTIFUL DW' which is interesting because I thought sequencing it was going to make it harder... This renews my hope!!!

So how to make training mimic exactly that for a while til she trusts our DW again... (I put foam in the gaps hoping that will help)


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Nov. 25th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, never underestimate momentum and excitement as a builder of drive.
Nov. 27th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
That's great! Maybe you need to set up more of a sequence than you have been when you're practicing, several obstacles before and after.
Nov. 28th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Mmmmmmmm, they sound good!
Nov. 28th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
I put this comment in the wrong spot. I'll try again.
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