Took both guys to class today - early so I could get stuff done with Jacks while we had the whole building to ourselves.
Trained go-outs and since we are learning directed jumping now, I pulled the two jumps out on either side of the go-out path.
Initially we just worked on go-outs with me going in to reward him. I put cheeze wiz on the target (a monster binder clip I found) to really help him be successful and keep his attention ONLY on the target.
He did these good so I started moving up to halfway and doing the hand signal toy toss. We need to work on our bar jump. Bar means take the bar jump, not look at the bar jump and run for the high jump.
Bertie's instructor came in around this time with her dog, and that threw Jacks off a bit. He suddenly forgot that go-out means go for that loaded target. He thought it meant go jump that high jump (obsessed with high jumps, much?!).
I thought whatever and moved almost all the way up to the gate/target and got a couple successful sends done and cleaned up.
Jacks was barking in the crate - which I won't allow in class - so I took him out to the car to hang out for the next hour and a half. He will shush on command, but I am sometimes on the other side of the building. Attention hog he is.
Bertie was AWESOME.
And I absolutely love everything our instructor is teaching as far as initial steps for stays. It's WORKING. I LOVE IT!!!!! We did sit stays and down stays mainly. Keeping in mind that all these dogs are at the same level as far as just learning the stays and building on it, she is really working on getting us to build rock solid stays right now with the moving forwards, dropping the leash and picking it up, moving sideways, moving back, taking 5 steps forward, doing "bungie stays" where you are going out and then stepping right back to heel position, and so forth.
Maybe not that exciting, but if you know how long and trying a time it took getting Jacks to the same point in his training. Yep. AWESOME.
We also did moving downs - like you would for rally. Bertie and I got to demo this for the class. I had to ask my instructor about his downs in this case. Bertie has an instant hip roll. Which is awesome for stays, but I suspect it's not a good idea for moving downs in rally as well as the DOR in open. o_O I'm wondering if I should discourage any downs but the spynx down except for when we are doing stays.
We did other random pet type things as well... we worked "leave its". This was technically the first time I've done this with him. He knows "leave it" but that's just whatever - absolutely no setup situations. I started out with the treat on the floor about a foot away from him. He sat there and either looked at it or even better looked away on a loose leash, and he got his treat. And I bumped up the level. At the end, I put him in a down and put a treat closer and closer and then on his foot. And he was so good that he was turning his head to look away from the treat.
I'm still really excited about finding a way to teach the directed jumps that WORKS for Jacks.