Grins, my dogs had yesterday off as well
May 25 Training
7:15am : sessions in the backyard, wet grass, 45 degrees and sunny . Distractions included my still being in my spinning wear paired with clunky yard boots LOL
Spins, twists, setups (positioning focus), setups with focus and head up, first step(s), signals with break outs after varying portions, right turns work, ending with roughing up play
Spins, twists, setup (positioning focus then with upward focus & active state), heeling with some right turn focus, catch up to heel games. With Finch I ended the session by releasing her to run to the back door where the treats wait on top of the dryer for back-into-the-house – multiple rewards .
Today is Finch’s birthday (7 years old) so I may not get any more training in – Paul Finch & Aedan are all off on an extended nature hike and Finch usually gets quite dirty on those; I am grateful I got in a brief session this morning and hope to do something tonight as well. My noon training window has closed – the hikes are actually a higher priority for them anyway since its part of being a ‘just a dog’ and gives them new sights & activities LOL
I called Rau this morning and confirmed that both Aedan (UA) and Finch (OA) get to try for more Qs in a few weeks at Taconic in the AM trials all 3 days and I don’t need to cancel my vacation days for Thu & Fri. (Obedience & Rally only shows). Obedience trials in my area have been filling quickly so each time we make it in, I feel kind of like I won the lottery!!
Finch got to do her broad jump for kibble , tomorrow my plan is to start building the back chain of the broad jump again working my way to the ring exit during the course of this weekend and next week. I can't bring her food bowl into the ring, but I can build her expectation that a big rewards will be coming shortly after that broad jump!! She will also see training aids coming in & out of the picture to assist her not cutting the corner.
I got to watch No re-Inforcement, No Problem Webinar (Petra Ford) – the lecture portion. I will watch the feedback section after practicing a few things detailed out in the webinar.
Just finished assembling the new jump sets and will let them 'cure' on the front deck.