She is so CALM! What a good girlie she is<:
1) Off leash heeling. We warmed up with the leash for a minute or two before I started the camera. I noticed a crooked sit, but other than that, not bad.
- Yep, I was going to say she leans into you on her sits. It's something to keep an eye on and polish up, but she's doing very good.
- One suggestion I have - and this is primarily because I was thinking the entire time that you can just step into rally based on what I saw here. The only issue I could see was when she lagged a little you were doing the treat wave at her. It would be a lot better to keep the treat at your hip or leg right where you want her nose to be and build up the habit of keeping her right there the entire time. Build drive. This transitions to your hand held flat at your side and then gradually being moved up to your midsection <- I do know this can get into a pretty bad habit with dogs where they feel they can ease off time and again until they get the treat wave to catch up.
2) Quarter turns. Not bad, although I noticed she was a little too far forward on at least one of them.
- Those were absolutely gorgeous. Great pivots!!!!
3) 2 recalls with fronts and finished. I've been using exaggerated hand signals lately, because she went through a phase where her finishes were crooked. I'm trying to get her focused on getting lined up properly. Also, we only did left finishes in our intermediate class. We just started doing right finishes again for the first time since around Christmas.
- The fronts and finishes will clean up. I can see you are working on those.
When you start polishing up, remember to lock your head when you call her. A judge will catch you doing the head nod (I think you just did it the first time).
4) Sit, down and stand on command with a stand stay for exam. She's typically rock solid with these.
- I could see that. Very nice. Remember you can start training the stand for exam from the side and start getting her used to that sight picture. You need to be in heel position before you leave her. A big part of the stand for exam, like everything else in obedience, is really getting the dogs used to the routine.
5) Treat toss game. This is a great game to play with your dog if you haven't already.
- DARN IT. I'm so envious of her self-control. She just SAT there when you threw the treat! Even my Jacks can't do that. o_O
Very nice job - she looks good.