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progress frozen, hibernating DWs

GAH! HOW to continue RDW training without our yard over the wintery months... that is the question. (and we were SO close)
Our CT yard is getting to be iffier and iffier footing fast. And I didn't go this week because the husband was not feeling well, actually it was a little scary... maybe I'll get there next week... but maybe not.
The CSC has already put away their outdoor arena equipment. And their indoor space, well they don't leave anything set up and so when you are done you have to put everything away so this is not conducive to me all by myself setting up their indoor DW for a few minutes of training and then also taking it down... even if it was physically possible.
In Frankie's K9 Campus class, well for example this week the DW was 2nd obstacle on the course and Stell botched it and so Frankie let me take her right back and run it again, and then of course this became our sticking point for a few more tries and maybe out of five or six goes, she got only one at a run and the contact was in but high and ordinarily I would not reward a high hit, but with one and a half turns on a course (I'm dropping in and making the class a little crowded) that was as good as it was gonna get...

I'm wondering how offensive would it be to find and go to some runthrus in the burbs and ignore the courses and only do obstacle-obstacle-DW-obstacle for the allotted 2 minutes? I'd have to drive some distance, probably at least an hour - in a couple of directions... I could probably find a couple of places. I do need to get her on OTHER DWs, but that is at best patchy training... and maybe she should get back to where she was first, really running it and anyway that doesn't really solve the problem.
oh, the urban dearth of DWs!!!!!


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Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Bah! Where for ouht thou Urban dogwalks?! (cant spell shakespear sorry)
Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
so it seems I have to driveth two states away to pickethup a LM Balancing Cues dvd order at the 30% off group price (honestly the gas prolly doth bring back up such deal to regular priceth maybe) and soooooo I'm thinking of wangling a few minutes on a strange DW while I'm there, only way to see makething this a practical tripeth...

my life measured out in dws... (a different poet)
Dec. 5th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Usually in run-thrus the idea is that you have your 2 minute or whatever run and you can do whatever you want in that time. I almost never run the course with my young dog but rather do a few obstacles and break off to reward. I don't think anyone would mind especially if you let them know ahead of time what you plan to do.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
thanks---letting them know ahead is probably key to being allowed to come back because stopping to reward or making up your own course is different that really just two minutes of RDW training by a still-rookie handler
Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
I know that we often see people putting stride regulators on the contacts during their turn so maybe it's not that different? I know it wouldn't make any difference to me if someone wanted to use their turn doing rdw practice. In fact, I'd probably want to watch.
Let us know how it goes!

Edited at 2011-12-03 06:36 pm (UTC)
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