|Barked: Wed Oct 17, '12 12:36pm PST |
|Congrats- sounds like you had fun! Hope poor Indy is feeling better soon, too!
Re: backjumping, when he ran past the jump did you put on the brakes and try to call him back so you could re-send him? If so, he was likely doing what he thought you were cueing him to do, particularly if you've worked on lead-outs or recalling down a line of jumps, if you're on the opposite side of an obstacle, facing him, and calling him back it would be the obvious choice for him to take. Instead of stopping and calling keep moving past the plane of the jump and bring the dog around like you're doing a post turn, wide enough so that he's facing the next obstacle you want him to take- really watch the angle or you'll likely send him off course or cause him to spin back on you. And keep moving! When you decelerate or stop you bring the dog back into handler focus, especially a novice dog that places more emphasis on your motion cues than your verbal cues (ie. a 'go on.')
Maggie/Tika/Porter makes a very good point I think, if it is a handler induced error I would not stop and try to fix it as you're basically correcting the dog for doing exactally what you cued it to do- which can be demotivating/frustrating and cause the dog to slow down and second guess your handling.
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