OK - maybe not my worst fear - but definitely one that is high on my list. I have been thinking about working in some runs at 24 inches for Steeler during our agility class. So tonight before actually running the course we broke down a couple of sections to work on some handling skills. Well the first one didn't look that bad so I thought I would try it at 24 inches. Oh what a meltdown we had, Steeler and I. I am not really sure just what was too much for his spotty brain - because I don't think that I was concerned about anything. Steeler ran around and around and away from me and his favorite squeaky toy. He would not take the jump in front of him to save my life! He tried to play with Trixie at least twice. And Trixie was such a good good girl to just ignore him. She so wanted to join him for a run around the barn. Well I got him back and put him on leash and took him over some jumps and rewarded his attention. This is one of my biggest fears - that he will just run away from me at a trial and run up to the wrong dog and get himself in trouble. But I survived this and nothing bad happened! Here is the first handling section.
The next grouping that we that we worked we decided to run Steeler at 20 inches and see how he did as far as paying attention to me. And he was fine - back in working mode. Something about the first set up and the 24 inch jumps was just too much for his spotty brain. Wish I knew what it was.
And here is the actual course that we ran. The maps are probably close to the right spacing - but there could be some wiggle room in what we actually ran tonight. For example - jump 6 to the tunnel was a pretty straight line. It was a fun little course and Steeler actually handled some tricky pieces really well. We are working on "collection" cues and tight turns. Tonight we also worked on wrapping jumps. So the first 4 jumps we kept the dogs on our left with a collection cue (using our right hand) before jump 2 and then picking them up on the left hand as they come over jump three to continue with jump 4, 5,6 and the tunnel. Rear cross the tunnel to the double jump to the table. So from the table - the jump to the poles was pretty straight forward. Or so it seemed when I walked the course. Steeler has developed a table fetish and he kept trying to head back to the table after the jump. Once we got into the poles, jump 12, 13 was an easier wrap for Steeler to the teeter. The end was kind of tricky for us. Catie wanted us to try to front cross the teeter so the dogs are on our left to jump 15 and then rear cross jump 16 and call them back over 17. We had a little bit of trouble with it - mostly my working out the correct timing for Steeler - but he did get it after a couple of trys!