I have mentioned before that I didn’t do certain parts of Silvia’s Agility Foundations program with Java because too many wraps slowed her down. But her wraps out of speed were beautiful, so hey, it’s not like she didn’t know how to do it 🙂 I decided to wait until she matures a bit more before introducing more twisty turny courses. Now our winter break from agility got a lot longer due to that pesky thing called life interfering and we know that long breaks from agility often make dogs faster. I was not prepared for this. The girl was on fire! We did a sequence full of wraps and she maintained her speed throughout. She seemed as fast as Ruby.
Unfortunately she also didn’t seem to care as much about being tight on turns as she used to, so we had to do everything with very low bars. We might be stuck doing twisty turny courses for a while. Or perhaps she just needs a few sessions of multiwraps? We’ll see. After all these were her first jumps since December, she might soon remember that it’s best to wrap tightly.
Ruby was very happy to be doing some agility again. A while ago Chris Ott posted a really interesting video on helping a dog collect and add a stride before a jump (instead of launching early like Ruby does). I’m not sure it would ever transfer into regular course runs, but it doesn’t hurt to try…
She has a whole play list of interesting training videos:
We also spent some time reminding Java how to wrap (of course!), proofing 2o2o position on a dog walk with Ruby, doing tyre and playing around with Forced Front Cross. Oooh it felt good to train again 🙂