Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What a difference


I set this course up last night for our Co-Op class. It was a set up that Ashely, http://corbinwooten.blogspot.com/ , posted on her blog from class with Jennifer Crank in April.  Miley was awesome.  No stress at all. She was calm and hit all her contacts on the first time.  We had trouble with the weave pole entry and her swinging wide around #12 and #13.  But she didnt stress and came back to me.  I did have throw the bait bag to ward off stress once when I was working separately on trying to get the weave pole entry( not in video) . She went in at the second pole and I made that tisk noise with my tongue. Not because she didnt get it but that I couldnt get her to understand what I wanted. As soon as I made that noise I realized my mistake, she popped out of the poles and I could see she was going to take off and circle. I threw the bait bag right in front of her as soon as she popped out and took one stride. Worked like a charm.  Loretta Mueller is a genius!!!  This is the calmest my dog has been in a long time.  You probably cant see it on the video but even people in class noticed it.









Then here is Java's RC. DW height is at 3 1/2 feet. I dont know what that weird step was on the second time over.  She isnt running as fast, so I will stay at this height until she feels comfortable.

7 comments:

Sara said...

That's awesome Diana! It makes sense though ~ stop the behavior quick, feed to change the state of emotion, and then move on.

Chris and Ricky said...

Wow - good girl Miley!!! Java looks good too!

corbinwooten said...

Awesome job!!!

Diane said...

Miley looks great! That trick of using the bait bag is very interesting - it sure seems to be working for you.

Loretta Mueller said...

SHE LOOKS AWESOME DIANA!!!! :) WOO HOO!!!! YOU seem much more relaxed too :)

LOVE THIS!!!!! And Sara--exactly :)

Dawn said...

Have always loved to watch Miley run...so glad she and you are having fun again!

Kathy said...

OMG I dont know what to comment on first, it all looks so good. Miley is looking so awesome and it is so cool you can tell you are totally in sync with when she is about to stress and run and seem to have such good timing with breaking that cycle. I wish someone had successted that with my Liz years ago, but I am going ot try it. Java looks so awesome, boy you have done such a good job!