Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Not A Purist...

I made a decision and stuck with it...I am going to teach a run and a stop on Lynn's DW. Bottom line, it's another tool to use on courses.  I'll admit I have been fighting it...badly. Thinking I would be giving up if I put a stop on. NOT A CONTACT PURIST. But...as I have been working on it, things are falling into place. 

This is the 2nd session I have combined them. It's going well. They are not PERFECT. But I have learned getting picky with Lynn is never a good thing. Greedy doesn't help me with her training. So, she is doing lovely, progressing nicely.

I have worked things in separate sessions. The command is give as she is loading. She knows exactly what to do.

Cons:

Slower of course. But actually not SUPER slower...I'm happy. I will do LOTS of running....LOTS AND LOTS to reward forwardness.
Have to reward stationary, I don't like that--I like running.
Possible confusion down the road when I really start proofing.
Have to do more training (but in reality I would for more turns anyway)

Pros:

Her runs are WAY FASTER AND CONFIDENT
Black and White for Lynn
More handling options
She is targeting the bottom of the board more with her stride
I am happy, she is happy :)


Training...constantly changing...constantly evolving. Ah....dog training :)

I will continue moving forward with this...time will tell if it will all pan out. But I feel it is soooo worth the effort! Any and all feedback is welcome!

5 comments:

tenzears said...

She looks GREAT! You may have inspired me to get off my ass and make my stop better.

Gotta say, though, I love having both on Ky. She is my "big competition" dog for the foreseeable and it sure is wonderful to have the flexibility.

Now if I could get *either* with Ten consistently. :-)

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

I came to the same conclusion with Vito a few weeks ago but haven't put the stop on the actual dogwalk yet. (first wanted to train a 2o2o with speed before I added it to the dogwalk.) *sigh* Although I admit that I feel better in company!

Chris and Ricky said...

Seems like a great idea to me since both ways are useful on a course - maybe this will become the contact way of the future and you will be a pioneer! :)

Loretta Mueller said...

Flexibility is the key for sure...Laura...I won't be using it much. My plan is to keep pushing myself to not use it. And I know I will do that. But for a situation where I won't get there or where Lynn is going to question. it's ideal I think :) It's all good!

Thanks Chris! I know people that are doing both...they are coming out of the woodwork :-)

Just Agility said...

If everyone is happy ... GREAT !!!
keep the good work ;);)