Thursday, February 25, 2010

More of Wall-e's flyball training

This morning I increased the angle of the wide plank to about 45 degrees again to work on Wall-e's swimmers turn. Since we won't actually be competing in flyball, I'm choosing to train the dogs to turn on their least dominant sides to hopefully help their turns in agility; left for Mika (definitely!) and right for Wall-e, although there's barely any difference between Wall-e's left and right turns.

He has a cool turn with the 6" jump in front of the plank. I was using cold cuts again, which he was going NUTS for! In his next session I'll put the jump bar on the ground. Then, in other sessions, I'll take the jump bar away, and then the jump standards, so that the jump will be faded out gradually. I don't think we'll be doing a lot more flyball or disc sessions for a while, though; I tend to train in phases, concentrating on one exercise or aspect (in this case, taking a break from agility to train flyball and disc) for a period of time before moving on to a different aspect. This helps me to concentrate on training and remember what happened in the last session instead of trying to jog my memory. We'll be working on turning cues (in agility) for the next little while.

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