Tonight we are both tired and got our brains stuffed, I have to learn how to breathe, take pauses and do things more slowly... I've been working on that all my life, and well ending up in a wheelchair didn't help at all 😜🤓
No it's not that I work too fast or progress too fast, it's that the judge will not be able to see the moves when I do things in my 'normal' speed 😇😅
Thankfully I have an instructor that is working on the same thing so she knows what I am dealing with. And Iza, she is like me, so together we are either explosive or terrific.. If we sync, that's the tiny little 'but' 🤣🤣🤣
So I will try to be summoning today's new lessons in xx parts for the upcoming 14 days:
1, Hit or calling the dog to you, it's either perfect or Iza forget that I am there and se a butterfly, turf of grass or all of a sudden just have use the bathroom. In the midst of running. After 8 loo brakes in half an hour everyone had understood that she's not really there. I could even drag a piece of bacon 🥓 under her nose and some geese could fly over, and she still found the grass turfs more interesting. Well we have a challenge there 😅 And I found that Iza had moved her sitting position a bit more forward than I want it to be. Back to clicking that one in to the perfect spot.
2. Contact in front of a mirror. Totally new for me with a dog but if I just think of it as horseback riding it should fall in to place quite fast. (The dog is supposed to take eye contact with out you looking it in the eyes).
3. A new way of starting the heeling work, backing, and when in contact you start to walk forward , say heel and reward after a few steps. That gains speed, and all of a sudden they saw how fast we walk while heeling 🙈
4. Sitting in group, and I just had to remind Iza once in one minute that the command still stands... We really need to work on that part.
5. Command on distance and we found that Iza actually can stay with her front paws in place if I use a different hand signal, one in the direction under her, when she go from standing to lay down and from standing to sitting. So inspired to work on that part.
6. Retrieving, we are going to start practising the retrieve that is in class 2-3 and use the word 'that' instead of anything else, to separate the obedience training from actual retrieving.
7. The Square/ rutan- I need to make it in the real size with ribbons so that she connects those parts now and not get stuck with the magazine which we've used this far.
Finally, though a lot is still lacking and concentration might be hard in the beginning, Iza always grows during training and when every one is tired, she is still the happy, flirty little girl making up new tricks to get all the dogs losing concentration. Like today she figured out that when she kicked grass after 'powdering her nose' she got a reaction out of one of the other dogs. So she tried that move on all the dogs, just kicking grass and yes it works... So she did learn more than just to obey, she learned how to get an audience too 😂❤️❤️
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...