Sorry so late in posting.
Beginners are doing a great job and everyone was able to progress to getting their dogs sitting by their side, the down was a little more challenging but everyone is getting there. Those that were not able to even lure their dog into a down are now able to do this and as we have now had a week off I am sure that everyone will now be able to do without lure and be able to stand up and say down and reward after the dog is in the down.
Heelwork is progressing with most dogs able to stay in heel position for at least 5 steps without forging and the food being held a little higher.
We started on getting the dogs attention which is obviously really important to either avoid a distraction or just waiting for the next command.
We have now started adding a distraction to the Come exercise and most dogs got this straight away and a few need a tap on the shoulder to remind them someone was on the end of the lead! This for everyone is one of the most important exercises and should be repeated many times with as many different distractions so that it becomes second nature to the dog that as soon as it hear 'Come' it immediately turns away from what it is doing and returns to their owner.
Intermediate 1 was a small class of two this week and both dogs did really well. We did some heelwork around cones weaving in and out to get the dogs working close to the handler. We are pushing the stays using 3rd degree distractions. The recall was done with dogs running at the same time. Martha had no problems with this, Hektor was slightly distracted but did get to his owner without actually going over to Martha, so good job Hektor I know that was really hard for you!
Intermediate II were doing heelwork both on and off lead and each practiced a heelwork pattern ready for medal work on week 8. We also did stays off lead with Louise and Penny able to go out of sight for a few seconds. The sendaways and retrieves are progressing well. With the hand signals we are trying to get the dogs to not creep forwards into the position but move in a backwards movement.
I hope everyone had a good week off and look forward to seeing everyone on Weds.