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Discussion in 'Photography, Artwork & Videos' started by Kit, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    Miss Rikki has struggled with weave poles. She's very timid and doesn't like them touching her. She's also know as Princess Prissy Pants, because she won't eat a treat out of the grass if it's at all wet, won't pick a treat out of dirt.... makes it rather difficult to toss a reward... LOL
    Anyway, my agility instructor had a summer camp a couple weeks ago and I took Rikki for a couple sessions. One was weave, with an assistant trainer. I'd been doing the traditional 2x2 weave training and it just wasn't working. The assistant have me a couple other ideas to try, and they WORK! I'd only done the new way a few times and we are weaving! Not fast, but she's getting faster!
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  2. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Good work Miss Rikki!
     
  3. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Looks really good Kit! Great job!!
     
  4. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    That's very cool. You know I just love Rikki. How did you change your approach to training the weaves?
     
  5. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    Thanks! She is turning into an awesome little dog.
    I had done a lot of the Mary Ellen Barry stuff, with 2x2s. Rikki had the idea of entering and weaving, but wasn't confident enough to continue with me standing still. She would do 4 poles, but it was VERY slow and cautious, even at home.
    At the summer camp, they had me turn around and walk backwards, so I was facing Rikki and could connect with her better. I did that for about a week at home, and everything pretty much clicked. She CAN do 12 at home, but we're doing 6, space, 6, for now.
    This week in class, we did tunnel to weaves. She LOVES tunnels, and comes out with some speed, she tried SO hard to keep the speed thru the poles, but just couldn't do it...yet. She's get 3 or 4 poles, then lose her timing and pop out. But, that's okay, speed will come. She stayed happy and willing, which is what we want.
    If she keeps progressing like she has this past month, I MAY enter in her a couple trials this fall. Just in FAST, to see how she handles the ring with people around we'll do a few jumps, a tunnel, A-frame and maybe try weaves, or whatever she wants to do. Frankie's first FAST class, she did 3 obstacles, including the teeter backwards, she also visited bar setters & the judge, which is something Rikki won't be doing.
     
  6. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    Wow, what a unique way to solve your weave problem. Someone was thinking outside of the box. I've only trained the 2x2 method, Soleil took some doing, as she used to go through w/her head up, looking for treats. I'm glad to hear Rikki is doing well.
     
  7. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    Yes, it was new to me too. But, it's working. The instructor has used it before with good results.

    With Rikki, there will be a lot of thinking outside the box, she is a very unique dog. She has a ton of ability, but is very timid & shy. She's been going to trials with me since we got her at 10 weeks old, so 1 1/2 years, and she STILL gets scared with all the people. She has a very small number of people she likes, and the rest, she won't even let them pet her, she'll hide behind me shaking.
    But, she LOVES agility. She gets excited to go to class, and when we step into the ring, she turns into a different dog. She loves the work and the praise she gets, she loves Megan (my instructor) and bounces off her all the time. But, if something scares her, she totally shuts down.
    A couple weeks ago, in class, another instructor was setting up in the other ring, dropped a couple jumps and that scared her. We were GOING to work on the teeter, but she was so stressed, she wouldn't even look at it. So Megan & I just recalled her thru a tunnel, giving her tons of cookies, just to keep her moving and happy.
    I rarely take her on walks, because she gets scared and stressed out. If Frankie comes, she is MUCH better.
    I take her to work with me on agility days, and there is only about 4 people at work that she'll approach, and it took MONTHS before she's approach them. On our lunch break, I walk her to our main office, she loves the receptionist, but the walk there can be scary, with people walking in front and behind us.
    Surprisingly, she is really good at the vet. BUT, the vet did take a pre-agility class with us, and fed her lots of treats and got to be friends with her.
    Now, I've got to go thru that with a new vet. Luckily the one I'm switching to has seen her at trails and knows how shy she is, so the transition should be okay.
     

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