So erm... class tonight was fun but we had a couple things that BOTHERED me and I'm chanting the "patience we both are learning" mantra.
Got to class a half hour early to practice directed jumping - and nearly chickened out when I saw she had the jumps over to the right practically in front of everyone. Not where I want to practice something for the second time ever. >.<
And Jacks decided he didn't like the bar jump. He liked the high jump. The bar jump he would only do it from the one direction. The other direction he was either rounding it or taking the high jump instead. Yes, Jack had it in his head he wanted to do the high jump.
Wednesday instructor is out of town this week and next week is Thanksgiving week... so I'm semi thinking about taking advantage of open floor this week and trotting over there to work on jumps and directed jumps.
And I have to go over to Home Depot at some point and pick up material to build my bar jump if I'm going to be able to practice this at home.
Heeling was actually very good - again. All off leash.
Figure 8 - again we had a VERY GOOD figure 8. I have been working on keeping a steady pace and it helps him.
Moving stand - we did one. And about the only good thing about it was he did a very good stop on signal. They were setting up jumps behind him and somebody dropped a board. Of course he jumped and nearly walked out of the stand position. He did hold it, but there was definite partial body turning and feet movement. I returned to heel position and took it.
Drop on recall - first was good, second was dud (took him ten feet to stop and then he dropped a foot away from me), third was very good.
Broad jump - first with target placed, second with treat tossed when he was in the air, and the third the only helper was me calling him to front when he landed and took a stride forward. I'm keeping him guessing about whether there will be a reward for jumping or how it will come, and hopefully he will continue to get better and better.
High jump - I took the low expectations route today and did not ask him to retrieve higher than 16". And I did two sessions with him. Second session was much better with me progressively helping him less each time. Last time I stayed where I was 8 feet behind the jump and only gave him a come reminder which he may or may not have needed. I plan to follow up the rest of this week with daily retrieves over low jumps and rebuild his confidence.
Signals - he actually did these pretty good considering we haven't done them at the Monday class in a long time. I should have quit after three reps which he aced perfectly with me 20 feet or so away. Our corner got a little tight and I was forced to kinda set us up on an angle. And that had him looking towards too many distractions for where he is in our training - he wasn't watching my hand signals and/or was anticipating the come and coming on the sit signal. So I pulled him out of the lineup and did signals+verbals and called it quits on good note.
Stays - hmm... debatable? He held his stays but his sit stay was simply horrible from all the butt squiggling. I went back a few times to put him back where I left him and remind him to stay. But he wiggled and jello-butted his way towards the wall behind him. When everyone else went back for the down stays, I grabbed a 4" board from the high jump and put it right behind his wiggly butt and put him back into a sit for the first 3 minutes. He did manage one wiggle towards the end and pushed the board back slightly, but it was much better. I'm mad at myself because I have both a container lid and a pvc sit box I can take to class with me, but I just never think about it. I'll have to stash it in my car for next week. His down stay I left him and wandered over to the side of the room where all the open people were... and I guess the positive is that other than his butt wiggling, he did not technically change positions at all.
The rest of this week - I'll use the sit box at home when I make him work for his dinner.
And I will do high jumps every day. Low ones for right now.
@Nugget's Dad - At least Nugget didn't look like he was doing a Zoolander. Like Jacks did. >.<