Practice 2017-10-10

I went out to the field tonight and played with the pups.

With Vader, we worked table performance on the Klimb platform. We worked sending to jumps and tunnels. We worked weaves where I was in front of them when he started. We worked on his aframe 2o2o with me moving laterally.

With Twitch we worked table performances, weave poles and his coming into me over a jump. As well as sends to the tunnel.

Table Work

Vader is good about getting up and lying down quickly but he needs more work coming out of a fast tunnel.

Twitch is good about collecting to get up but then doesnt do an auto down.

Weave Poles Handler Ahead

Both dogs had a little trouble with this but Vader more so. Need to work this more.

Sends to Tunnels

Both dogs are doing really well with this!

2o2o

Vader is doing great and he had some pretty fast into position spots tonight.

Twitch runs his aframe. I should work his more if I want him to do well in USDAA.

C-ATCH Twitch!!

We got it! We got that last Standard Q!


It was super stressful because on Saturday he tore an ear before we even got fully setup! Somehow in the field, either on the fence being a dick to another dog or on a thorn. So he went home for the day to make sure it clotted and stopped bleeding. Then that night his eyelid got scraped and he had a bloody eye! Sheesh!

He rallied and on Sunday ran his little heart out for me. Poor guy has to have a crappy handler and we had a bobble in the middle but otherwise it was a really nice run!

Sun Standard C-ATCH
https://youtu.be/eHWJxJNqI-M

Sun Colors
https://youtu.be/Q4LASC0D494

Vader had a great weekend too! Six runs and six Qs. It’s is so much fun to run a dog that enjoys the game. 🙂

Sat Standard
https://youtu.be/4GsM0OYyXAA

Sat Snooker
https://youtu.be/hOr-3Yij5Qo

Sat Jumpers
https://youtu.be/dkaJs18HyvY

Sun Standard
https://youtu.be/SnKILh_SbCU

Sun Wildcard
https://youtu.be/9aHb6oGZYj4

Sun Colors
https://youtu.be/cFHYkwX6Q04

Is it wrong?

Is it wrong to quit working a dog because they don’t want to work?

Twitch does agility for food. That’s it. He is in it for the food. If I quit playing and training him in agility, he wouldn’t care.

I have often considered this because he doesn’t live to play like Vader does. I often have to call him back to play because he runs towards the house thinking we are done. He is a conundrum.

Learn to be slow?

Is it possible for a dog to learn to run slower in soft footing and then never speed up again? Is this something I should be concerned about?

I am wondering because the field is very soft and I want Vader to run fast but he definitely slows down out there. He loses his footing often, as do I. I hope using the field when it’s not 100% yet doesn’t shoot me in the foot.