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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

An agility post!

I'm behind on posting again of course. First I wanted to post a couple of Enzo videos from an AKC trial a couple weeks ago. I don't really remember the runs too much now but I know that Enzo is awesome! LOL.

AKC Nationals is coming up soon. We haven't been too consistent lately. No big issues, just a tiny bit off. We've been doing quite a bit more ASCA than normal and the courses are so different. I've decided not to do any more ASCA until after AKC Nationals. Maybe that will help...

Slayte's running contacts seems to be progressing well. I haven't been obsessively taking video but took this one just to get a data point. I did a lot of board running with him and this was probably after a week or two on the low dogwalk. I'm having him run to a Manners Minder. Hopefully using that won't create the crazy obstacle focus that Enzo has after the dogwalk. The first hit was a little high and there was one big leap somewhere in the middle but the rest were pretty nice. he seems to be really consistent lately and I am thinking about puttting my dogwalk back together and having him do the full height DW. I don't have any video but I also used the PVC box on the board and DW when he was having trouble hitting where I wanted him to. I am approaching this a little differently than the general thinking and am mostly rewarding for location vs splitting feet. My theory is that if they understand where you want them to hit then the gait will happen naturally when they are driving. That's how it worked for Enzo anyways and seems to be working for Slayte so far.


Sarah Duke said...

I'm so excited for AKC nationals its silly! :) Are you in free crating? Stall? Anyway Slayte and Enzo look great, I think you're right on the location piece, at some point that HAS to be a piece of the criteria, Kate could split feet all day long and never hit the yellow. :) I'm working more on location with Java these days too since she's migrating to higher hits as she extends more. See you in a month!

AgileAussies said...

I'm in the free crating since Enzo will probably stay in the rv most of the time. What about you? I'm a little sad we won't be in the jump height this time but hopefully we'll still cross paths enough!

Sarah Duke said...

True I didn't even think of that... hm that is really disappointing. I am thinking now of trying to Q Trin for Tulsa and driving both girls, since it will be unlikely I can get Kate Q'd. So maybe next year :) Free crating as well. I think it's too late, we should have asked to be crated together!