Monday, February 13, 2012

Day 2


Look, Java is 8 months old!
On day 2 of the seminar I audited. Java could have done the foundation stuff but I didnt know that. I was worried about doing a lot of jumping but they really didnt.  O,well.  First I was tired.  Driving 2 hours home after the seminar and then getting up and being back by 8am was rough. I got up and thought, "I cant do this".  But I did do it.     I decided to sit in a different spot on Saturday because I had a hard time hearing on Friday.  On Friday, I was seated to the side but sitting next to some people I knew. So Saturday I wanted to sit straight in front so I could hear better. But I was sitting next to this lady who had a bad attitude. She was in the puppy seminar and I dont remember her being like this but I wasnt sitting right next to her. She apparently was mad at this dog for not lying down on the table at agility trials.  When the instructor has to call you out on your attitude repeatedly, thats bad. You think she would have been embarrassed.  She didnt treat her dog very nice either. It made me sick!!! And you should have seen how people were trying to help her with her dog. I think the one girl, who was also auditing, was trying to help her because she felt bad for the dog. But it got me thinking. Was this lady doing this for attention?  Finally after she talked again about her dog not lying on the table at trials again, I told her "my dog hasnt gotten on the table at a trial in 2 year, at least your dog gets on the table". First she just looked at me like I was crazy. Then she said "And you are still trialing her?"  I said yes, its not the dogs fault. She didnt say anything else. But then she hurt her ankle. She was just standing there and took a step. She said she heard something pop. She  left the seminar. I know you think Im mean, but I was glad she left.  She was making things unpleasant.
The first half of the day was working on foundation stuff.   4 basic turns on the flat. Which this was good because Ive been teaching this in my class and they have been struggling. But so were all these people in this class. So I didnt feel to bad. I kept thinking it was how I was teaching it but it just must be hard to master. The one thing I liked is, she taught the "Front Cross" in a two step process. Ive been teaching it as one fluid motion. I think this will help my class. Then they worked on the 6 "Recall to heel" postions.  When you are teaching this, the most important part is your dog coming in straight. And you want them to be pefect with this. If they cant do it slow, they will never be able to do it at speed.  It doesnt sound like much but that took the first half of the day.
The second half of the day was Running Contacts. Now trying to learn running contacts in a half a day seminar , impossible.   But it gives you an idea of whats involved in the process. There are major differences in how she teaches it vs Sylvia T. ( at least in my opinion).  It was confusing and I started to wonder it I should have audit this half of the day.  Sylvia wants you dog running, as fast as they can,always.  Daisy, just wants them out of a trot and with good feet separation.  As long as their gait is right, even if they speed up, the gait will stay the same. (Ive been struggling getting Java to really run and not be airy) Daisy doesnt worry about the dog being airy either.  Daisy wants the dog running without you moving at all. Sylvia, what every it takes to keep the dog running.  But both methods must work because the dogs learn it. There are other small differences too. I like how she taught turns off the dog walk.  Im sad to say that I didnt stay to the end. I left an hour early. I was cold. It was 50 but the wind had really blowing all day and I was tired.  I know, Im a wimp. When I read about the temps that some people work in, I dont know how you guys do it! 
Please remember this is what I heard and took away from the seminar.  It may not all be correct.

10 comments:

Sara said...

Ugh, I would've left with a huge headache because of the bad attitude person! People suck.

Dawn said...

Glad you got some information out of the seminar. And I know what you mean about people that blame their dogs. I always feel so bad for the dog, just think what their lives at home must be like! Love the photos in the previous post too...combination of grey skies, and dogs and beach with snow! Very nice!

Sophie said...

Sounds like a great seminar again--and like you learned a lot!

Java is turning into such a grown up, pretty girl.

Anonymous said...

Diana, I am so glad you got to go to Daisy's seminar. She is an amazing person and a wonderful instructor. The advice she gave you about Miley sounds good. Daisy really has a way of figuring out dogs. She really helped me with Hannah's contacts. It sounds like a great weekend (except for that one woman).
Diane

Loretta Mueller said...

Good for you to say something to the negative nellie! I think sometimes we all need a reality check!!!!! Glad you were able to enjoy the seminar!

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Java is turning into one beautiful young lady, you must be so proud of her.

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

You don't sound mean at all! That woman sounds awful. I can see how she'd ruin the whole time for everyone. You're right, if someone repeatedly has to tell you about your attitude, it's not good!

I don't know much about running contacts, but in my limited exposure it sounds like I'd like Silvia's method best.

Cedarfield said...

That's such interesting advice you got about the tsble. Aren't you glad you got a private lesson? Please keep us updated on her progress.

Why do people have to talk during seminars?? Why do they come and pay all that money and then talk through it all? Drives me nuts.

loralei913 said...

I know there are multiple people around here who have tried Silvia's method and become very frustrated. I haven't been through Silvia's class, but I tried using what I knew about her method with Spy, and haven't been very happy with the consistency I've gotten either. It's like, she always runs full out down the plank (because that's what I've rewarded), but when she does miss the contact, she has no idea what she did that didn't earn a reward. I like what I've seen of Daisy's method because it really lets the dog know more clearly when they are right and wrong. My instructor and her partner have four dogs between them, two young dogs and two retrains from 2o2o, who are all looking FABULOUS with Daisy's method and will be offering a running contacts class to focus on teaching it to the rest of us, so I'm very excited that Kraft will get to learn it right from the ground up.

Chris and Ricky said...

I am so glad you got to go to the seminar with Daisy! And good for you for saying something to the negative woman! I don't have any idea why she was there or what she is doing with a dog any way.