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after our crash-and-burn standard run last weekend, I decided Stel was up or overdue for some RDW rehab work yesterday... I haven't made one of these running contacts vids in a long time, so it was interesting for me to see up close where she is at. She always managed to get a hind foot or two in, but really mostly gave me solid running contacts and what I didn't realize she was doing was many more front-and back-feet hits... beautiful!
I decided not to work on turns this time, maybe a couple variations on entries, but this was just for her get back the solid running feel again...

At the Tuesday night class this week, Terri gave us such fun and challenging little 12-13 obstacle sequences (we're still inside) like this one:

with lots of places for an opportunity to practice skills from that MEB's international skills seminar I audited awhile back that haven't gotten around to even trying at home...

anyhow, I did set up a couple things for me and Stel to practice yesterday and maybe... if there hadn't 've been bees in the grass we would have done better... you can see how she slows down especially in #2 and gets increasingly stressed... poor Stel, its bad enough that I am trying and often failing to learn this stuff ON her...

oh she's such a good girl


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Apr. 25th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
I get "This vid is private" for the running contacts one. The others look fun tho.
Do you ever train with a ball or toy for Stel? When she's not really powering through that first jump, I wonder if maybe the promise of a soccer ball would give her some added Oomph!
Apr. 25th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
the running vid is fixed now--thanks--and its with a ball... and you are right, she likes her soccer ball and it definitely is good for things like the DW AF and Weaves... but I am having a hard enough time figuring out what my hands are supposed to be doing in relation to my upper body and feet and all, to have to hold a soccer ball too? well... but I certainly will get out one of her fave tug toys next time to help her enthusiasm... yep.
Apr. 25th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
I think the soccer ball will help with her tunnel drive too... high on my To Do list now.
Apr. 25th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I totally hear you on not knowing what to do with your hands, body, etc.

I tried some of it with phantom dog first, then add in "real" dog when I think I've got my moves down.

Like Rumble with weave entries. I certainly NEED to have a toy to throw or he's just going to curve back into me (no-no...) so I was FINE with it when I could throw it with my right hand. But on the opposite side the placement was better if I threw w/ my left, but... as you can guess, the ball wasn't going where I wanted. It helped to lean down a bit before the throw.

I'm going to take that ball to the fun run this weekend to see if I can get more ooomph out of him in that environment. Wish me luck. If bad luck follows me, I'm going to be spending my 2 min on course chasing a ball all over the place!
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
my phantom dog has mad international skilz!!!!! I keep forgetting to get her out of my brain crate.
Apr. 25th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
Stella looks great on the dog walk. Were you able to stabilize it again?
Those MEB exercises are really hard. We've done some of those in class, too.
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
i added a map of one of Terri's class challenges I sketched...
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Are you going up journal post your version of Terri's sequence?
Apr. 26th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
Random bee fearing anxieties, I hear your sigh and I know you love her. And I love her and fuck those bees.
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah fuck em. Don't they know how to tell an agility field from a pollen factory?so rude.
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
That drill you sketched look very fun and challenging! I wonder if Pan could be revived to test that out hmmm
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
No one in the class handled it in the same way. It was cool.
Apr. 26th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
The RDW looks great! And I am totally jealous of your place on the lake, wow.
Apr. 26th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
I think RDWs need refreshing now and then. and she refreshes pretty quick.
This summer I expect setbacks as I work on harder exits/turns... I also hope to inspire Stella to love swimming this year, tragedy she doesn't like to play in the water...
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