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    Advanced Class Week the 5th

    Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:51 am
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    Almost done with class. . .

    So this week, we're still basically doing the same things - except we learned one new thing at the end of class - a left about-face (I think). icon_confused.gif Basically, we're heeling along, and using PROPER footwork (ah!) I turn around to my left while Jar goes around behind me and ends up back in heel position.

    I say "ha" because, let's face it, I was much better in concert band than in marching band. . . icon_wink.gif

    So. The class was small - just the 4 black dogs - Jar, the lab girl, the corgi-looking guy, and the little bitty pitty mix. Corgi guy is doing much better - though he still seems a little nervous to me, and he was a bit distractable today, but he did well. The lab, Lola, was a bundle of energy - she's almost a year old, and she mostly wants to play, but she's good, too. And the little pitty mix, well, she's been in as many classes as Jar has, so she's got the idea, too.

    First off, I put Jar in the back seat (rather than the way back) (or even the back with the seat down) and, before I even pulled out of the driveway, I had Miles Davis on the stereo. My boy's Kind of Blue, I guess. icon_wink.gif But a MUCH quieter ride this morning, thank GOODNESS!

    When we got there, I like to bring Jar in and sort of wander around, get him acclimated, have a drink of water, that sort of thing. So we got to the back of the room where the agility equipment is stored, and he climbed UP the, well, the long board that has a balance beam on top, and another board going down the other side. Don't know what it's called, but he just walked right up it like he's been doing it all along! icon_smile.gif Unfortunately, the other end was blocked, so he ended up jumping down. But still . . .he was so proud of himself!

    We spent the entire class in the room - no timeouts, no nothing! AND we did the off-leash heeling and other off-leash stuff - the sit, down, stay, come, finish stuff - all giving him cues from across the room, and all just dragging the leash!

    Even the heeling, we were dragging the leash - and he was doing it and doing it right! I've got to work more on luring him a little farther ahead of me - he's still lagging a bit, but he's doing much better.

    And all those other dogs - he just hung out in his corner and watched them, with an occasional tail-wag.

    The figure-8 heeling, we went around two other dogs - the two smaller ones, and, while he was a bit tired by then and starting to lose focus, he was less interested in the other dogs than he was in going back over to the corner and lying back down. icon_biggrin.gif

    All in all, he was, well, he was pretty awesome. icon_smile.gif
    Connie Lea
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:56 pm Groupie
    You must be so proud of Jar. He is awesome.
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:31 pm
    Forum Host
    What amazing progress.....a lot of work, for sure... but AWESOMELY done!! Jar rocks as does his Mom!!! icon_biggrin.gif
    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:31 pm
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    He really is doing great!!! What a long way your journey has taken you both. Tail wags in a room with other dogs???? Awesome!

    Just a question though.... I know you'd prefer to have him a bit more forward in heel position but is that because it's awkward with him where he is or because it isn't 100% 'correct'?

    There are very few real uses of a tight proper heel outside of an obedience ring so unless you want to trial with him or if he is too far back for comfort I'd likely call it a job well done and move on to other more fun things.

    I'm lazy like that icon_lol.gif
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:01 am
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    K9 - I had to think about your question for a bit. icon_confused.gif

    I guess I'd have to say it's a combination of the two - on the one hand, if I'm going to train him to do something, I'd like him to do it "right" - but that's my deal. I don't want to do it half-a$$ed. icon_wink.gif

    But on the other hand, I've noticed that, when he IS in the correct position, he can actually SEE me better - I'm not stumbling over him when we turn because he sees that we're turning and turns WITH me - you know, like he's supposed to. icon_wink.gif

    At this point, he does an excellent job of "loose-lead" walking - or even no-lead, I guess, and I've very happy with that. And the fact that he HAS learned the version of "heel" that he has - albeit an incorrect version - tells me that with a bit more work, he'll easily get it right. And really, where are we going?

    Plus, and this is kind of a bonus thing, I guess, I've found that the more stuff I teach him - the more time I spend working with him - the more he wants to learn. icon_smile.gif
    K9 Owned
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:21 am
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    Well that makes sense. He is too far back if you can't turn easily or he can't see you properly. I've been really lazy what with the house selling and house hunting thing but on Saturday I was 'playing' at training with Maddie and she lit up like a light bulb. It really does get them mentally engaged.
    It also made me feel very guilty icon_smile.gif
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:28 am
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    I know what you mean - I've been getting home late for the past few weeks, and poor Jar has been so . . . deprived.

    By yesterday afternoon, he was pathetic,. He wanted to go OUT then IN then OUT then IN. . . and every time I let him out, you could see how disappointed he was that I wasn't going OUT with him.

    So I hauled out his baseball and we played fetch for a while (also working on "drop it") and he was the happiest dog around! icon_smile.gif
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