This morning after cutting the grass and rearranging the gating and jumps, Finley practiced directed jumping and gloves. On the first send for the go-out she decided to try and do the broad jump which was off to the side from where we were standing...oh my! The rest of the go-outs were good with the exception of the first send to the high jump when she decided to happily try the bar jump instead. I stopped her before it happened though and no more issues. Her sits were wonderful
. I'm going to make a concentrated effort to rearrange the jumps and gating a lot!
Gloves...numbers 2 and 3 were very good. On the first send to number 1 she started to get number 2. I tried to reset and had the same problem, so we moved closer to it. Got it correct, did a few other things, and revisited it from the right distance and she was successful.
Banshee did a great drop on recall with just a signal. I'm very happy with that because dropping the verbal is relatively new. She also did the broad jump and is starting to work on Go-outs. From about 5 feet from the stanchion. Biggest problem with it is anticipation, but that's a good problem to have. She also did retrieve on flat and over the jump. Over the jump is kind of new so I still give direction, "over, take it, over, Great Job!"
Later on Finley did her articles on the driveway for a little added distraction, not to mention it was too nice to be inside. On the first send she thought she might like to go a little further from the pile and investigate a large pebble. So a second command and she went to the pile. Got it right, and was successful the next 3 times.
I think if I put chicken on a plate by the stanchion and sent either one of them, the chicken would win. But I think its a great idea