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.
In the Summer of 2012, Chris (that's me)! took over the full running and ownership of the Henley classes up until then they had been running under the banner of CDTS.