Well let me first apologise for not posting last week, unfortunately life just got in the way!!
The Intermediate's this week were a small select group as had 3 dogs missing through sickness of one form or another (hope they are all feeling better). We had Penny's daughter Ann with Theo's sister Frankie join us this week as she was visiting and because we were a small class she was able to join in some of the exercises.
We had dog's and handler's doing heelwork in opposite directions this week so at some points they would pass handler to handler and then once they had about turned they went dog to dog, this went reasonable well. We also did changes of pace going from slow to normal and fast to normal still keeping the dogs controlled.
The stays we pushed the time and distraction. Theo who is a more advance dog was able to stay down whilst I rolled a toy right past him. Staying with Theo his sendaway is really coming on and he can now go out to a coned area with his target placed a couple of time in the area and then removing the target he is going straight out to the box and dropping. Well done Penny you are really doing a great job.
Richard and Morris are working really hard with the down stay and they are getting there slowly, this has not been an easy exercise for them so great job.
Beginners this week whilst not all downing off verbal command only, all of them once in the down stayed for a count of 10 whilst the handler stood in front and then returned to the side to release. The morning class were able to do some practical lead work out in the street and I have to say the majority of them did not have a problem with pulling dogs and those that did are working well on the problem.
We did dog to dog recalls this week and I found it hard to find a dog that did not immediately come when called so this proves that everyone is doing an amazing job on this exercise. I think the stars of this exercise are Montie and Bertie who are just so good at their recalls and long may it continue.
Heelwork is coming along nicely with everyone walking with reward held at waist height and everyone just needs to remember to interact with their dogs to keep that attention.
Out of the morning and evening beginners class Sue and I felt that the morning class did a first class job this week. I thing a number of the evening beginner dogs were going through a learning curve week.
All in all another fab week with lots of hard work being put in by everyone. Thank you.
So let's start with the beginner's this week, wow! We have 80% of the dogs sitting and going down off verbal command only with no luring 15% still need a little luring and 5% are finding the down difficult but it's still early days. We are now asking them to come to heel position before doing the sit and the down so have gone back to luring the position although a few dog's did not need the lure and immediately produced the position with the verbal command only. Well done.
We are now asking for the dogs to give us attention before we ask them to do something with either 'ready' or 'watch'. This will get them paying attention even if there are things going on around them.
Heelwork is coming along nicely, we increased the distance and changed direction and got them to sit. A lot going on but everyone managed to keep their dogs with them. The important thing is to remember where you actually want your dog and keep your hand in that position.
We started to incorporate distractions into the 'come' and they were all amazing and I think every dog turned away from the distraction and went straight back to their owner, just remember to ask your dog to sit on return.
The intermediate's did some amazing heelwork. They individually weaved in and out of the other sitting dogs and the dogs doing the sitting did a great job too as they had to stay sitting whilst the dog past right in front and behind them. Would like to single out Rumer who managed to sit without any problems whilst all the dogs passed her which is such an improvement. The 'sit' and 'down' stays not only incorporated me distracting them by either walking past them or even talking to them but also the handlers this week did a little work out of their own by stepping to the left and right and in the down I pushed them even harder by making them jump to the left and right.
We also recalled two at a time and everyone achieved this, so well done.