Not so much snowed in (although we have a lovely amount of the stuff) but kind of snowed under. Field teacher found a nice field that has blown pretty much clear and the snow mobilers have cut lovely tracks for 250 yard T work LOL So Faelan and Brady boarded the bus this morning.
One of my online courses has me having to think about Front Cross, Rear Cross, Push & Pull footwork on the flat. It has been so long since I had to think about these things, and her (Daisy Peel) method is different from how I do them that I am trying things, recording, reviewing and saying Nope, not right yet! Like I am used to the moving front cross so having to basically practice a 90 degree turn keeps bringing out the obedience in me LOL with 2 reward points yet.
The rear cross is taught as basically a 90 degree turn on the dogs part (in front of me) where I am more used to training the head turn as I step behind the dog.
Tape, review tape, yuck, try again ............. more of the same tonight, after all can't submit a video that might get criticized right ?????? And this of course is with both Towhee & Faelan with Brady being taught but no actually enrolled in the class. Casey will probably need to start too since I spent so long with the others and the videos etc that he didn't get any training time and was very sad.
I too have noticed the hair flipping (and wonder if the handler(s) is even aware that it can become part of the cue?), the twitching, the adjusting of bra straps etc. Oh the things we need to unlearn so we apear natural handlers! I was actually kind of happy to see it mentioned on Facebook. My instructors hammer me for hair stuff; keep it out of the face and your hands off of it - I swear I hear one of them telling me to do something with my 'poodle ears' when I see some teams....
ETA: Brady, pretty much on schedule, has started testing exactly how much pushing he can do -me: Sit, him: please hold while I finish sniffing. me: Here, Him: wait a bit I'm kind of busy. This is during normal every day stuff, not formal training. I actually love this stage of training since he truly starts to learn that while he can certainly test things out, it is in his best interest to 'Just do it'; And yes, he is on a long line outside for the next little bit.
His canines have erupted so he will soon begin his formal retrieve training. He already knows most of the components (give, hold, take it) but this will take him through the formal steps of the non-force fetched fetch training.