Chewy was working real well on his channel weaves at the widest setting. I decided he was ready for the next step.
I moved the poles inward to the next slot. You may not notice a difference, it is quite slight.
At the new setting Chewy did real well inside (for food), but when I brought the poles outside, with a fun toy, things didn't go as well.
Chewy loves his toys, and I was always way too late throwing the toy. Plus, the fact that I was holding the toy on the same side as the poles, or flailing it around wasn't helping. It was distracting Chewy.
I really learned a lot about my lack of skills by videotaping. Luckily, Chewy is a very forgiving dog.
Oreo's acupuncturist asked, "Why does Oreo have a bald spot on his back?"
I think if you watch this whole video, you'll find out....
I'm trying to make weaving as positive for Chewy as possible. Don't want him to get stressy about being correct. I'll take my time, and I'm sure his accuracy will improve. I'd rather him have fun than be perfect all the time.
We also did a channel set at class this week. That was fun! Chewy did pretty well. I think he knows his job is to run between the poles, but still occasionally pops out a bit early.
Chewy is such a goof in agility class. He LOVES contacts and will put himself in the two on/two off on any equipment available to him. However, he is having difficulty stopping at the end of the board if I allow him any sort of momentum. Then, he realizes, "Oops! I forgot to stop at my spot!" and puts himself back on the equipment in the position. Adorable!
Our instructor says that as his muscle memory develops, stopping his momentum will be easier. Boy, will I need him to stop his momentum if I am to catch up with him!
I think we need to start working on the teeter at home. Sometimes, Chewy is very confident about it, then other times, I see him hesitate at the pivot point. I don't think it will be an issue, but I want to create lots of positive experiences in short spurts. Hopefully, my teeter isn't frozen to the ground!
Chewy seems to learn a lot from watching Oreo. My plan is to put Chewy in a crate and have him watch to Oreo on the teeter. I bet that will help a lot!