Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Baby Got Back
Now that I'm back on the Clean Run subscription trane, I figured the Backyard Dogs drill from the most recent (May 2012) issue was as good as anything. I briefly considered setting one of the International style Jumpers courses I've been sitting on for a while, but that would have been WAY too much work. ;o) This particular Backyard Dogs set only required seven jumps and that worked for me. I had fun using my course setting skills for this one (there were no related distances anywhere) and think I got it set pretty nicely.
The focus of this set was entirely on finding the backside of the jump. Some of the drills were super screwy and didn't appeal to me at all. I'm all for pushing myself out of my comfort zone and learning new skills, but I thought a few of the exercises would just be very demotivating -- particularly for Kaiser. I chose to work on exercises three, four and five. There was no way my brain was going to be able to retain more than that. As it was, I almost decided to just learn one at a time because I was struggling so much. The dogs seem to do better getting everything done at once (vs. coming out three times), so I just plugged away and somehow managed to learn all three drills. I think I even got the courses right this time and didn't take any jumps from the wrong side. I think... No promises because I get so confused by these things! :o)
I handled the opening of Drill 3 the same way in both runs, starting with the dog on my left and then a front cross after three, before five and after six. Still with me? lol I know, it's hard to follow. I handled the close of 7-8-9 in two different ways, first using a post turn to keep me on the inside of 7-8 and then a bit of a combo front cross wrap followed by a rear cross at eight. Honestly I expected the second maneuver to work better due to my dogs' general dislike of post turns, but both dogs drove through the turn much better using the post turn. Go figure.
Secret surprised me and didn't have any issues whatsoever with finding number two. I did completely fail to support the third jump on our first try; probably because I was still marveling over her success at the second jump. lol I did better on the second try, but then I forgot that I was planning to do more of a send from six to seven to allow me to be in a better position to support the push through from eight to nine -- so that was a little awkward. I did better the next time.
On Kaiser's first shot he went over jump eight instead of two. Not surprising. He did come to heel when released the second time, but we had a little discussion over what side of the jump to take. After that he seemed to figure out really well and did a great job. He did totally blow off my "come" from seven to eight the first time through there, but that's pretty typical for him. I exaggerated my rotation after that and he got it, although his first push through was pretty herky-jerky since I was more or less in his way.
Again, this drill worked on more of the same skills. Two to three was a nice 270 followed by a push through to four. I did a front cross, an inside wrap and a rear cross wrap in the 5-6-7 sequence and undeniably the front cross worked the best. I was able to blind cross between eight and nine for Secret, but I don't tend to like to use those with Kaiser (seems like any time I take my eyes off the little fart he runs off to the hinter lands for an off course obstacle). For Secret I was able to stay on the inside for 9-10-11, but Kaiser was very prone to taking the back side of 11 (an issue probably made more likely by the evening's exercises), so it worked best for him to put in a front cross between 10 and 11. I hadn't even tried that in Secret's run since it was a non-issue for her, but in a trial situation the front cross is surely the safer option.
By the way, I did attempt these exercises with Luke and it went as well as I thought it would. I thought of making a video showing all the reasons why Luke will NOT be playing in USDAA, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. lol He tries so hard, bless him, but this stuff is just not for him.
Like I mentioned earlier, I got video! And like all Backyard Dogs drills, the bonus is that it all fits nicely into a smaller space for good stationary video footage. :o)
Hopefully your internet speed is faster than mine today..... But oh! I am having internet installed at home on Friday that is about 100x faster than at the office. I look forward to blogging from home in the near future! I'm a little more apprehensive about video production since I've gotten so comfortable with my system at work (seriously, I can bang these suckers out super fast!). The new computer comes with Windows Movie Maker, but it's a much different version than what I'm used to. I just hope all of the equipment is compatible. My dad said that he can't get his phone to connect with his Windows 7 software. :o( That would suck, considering that's where all of my pictures come from!