Monday Class - Bertie
Heeling (abouts, uturns, halts, finding and maintaining heel position)
Stand stays (I did a lot of them)
sits and downs stays
Retrieves (with a toy)
Note: I may need to drop $5 in the box for him next session, because I somewhat realized I'm doing open floor and somewhat cheating the club. o_O
I also sent an email in for information on becoming a member of the club. So I get a little help on class prices (like 1/2 off). I've been attending classes there for 5 years, so I can't imagine there be any problems... right? Jacks
Was completely AWESOME.
Heeling - I wore my gym shoes today since Bertie got a hold of my favorite pair of training shoes. The gym shoes are the rocker kind (higher in the middle) and they are meant to help me distribute my weight evenly while walking on the treadmill and there is cushioning to pad the areas of my feet where I have bone changes. It's a PAIN to train dogs with these shoes though because I can't stop myself from rocking and I feel like I'm going to just fall over! But it forces me to walk evenly, believe it or not... and that probably helped Jacks who heeled perfectly.
Figure 8 - I cringed when I saw the instructor was calling it, because she normally gets after me to do weird patterns. Didn't happen. In fact we had a perfect figure 8 where she couldn't pick out a single thing to nitpic on - besides me rocking my toes. She said Jacks maintained perfect heel position and went right with me with straight sits, no bumps, etc.
Moving Stands - just did one. The call to heel wasn't perfect, but I didn't line myself up right. He stopped when I signalled him and held the stay while she did the exam over him. Call to heel, he tried coming to front. I shifted left and gave him a second heel command to correct.
Drop on recall - We did twice, the second time was very pretty. I did do both a verbal and a hand signal - that was mainly because they wanted him to drop right in the section of trainers waving their arms and moving around on both sides.
High Jump - we had one cut around when I tossed the first dumbbell. The others were good. This was on a 22" jump. I think there was an agility trial there over the weekend, and most of the obedience stuff was still in hiding. They didn't bring out the third 8" board.
Broad jump - OMG - he was anticipating the call and jumping on his own. I reinforced the "Wait", but got 2-3 good jumps. Afterwards I worked a little on our fronts from the broad jump landing.... tossing a treat and calling him to front. I stood where I'd be if he's just jumped the the broad and had to come to front. I had 2 good fronts out of maybe 5 tries - so we can work on that definitely.
Stays - Jacks held his stays. I did go back in to release him from his sit stay and reset him for the final 4 1/2 minutes. He'd turned his body watching me going to the corner. I just thought he was very likely to break based on his body position.
Gosh... I'm very tired. >.<