ClickMeBC Posted July 23, 2007 Report Share Posted July 23, 2007 My Border Collie pup, Quynn, is 5 and 1/2 months old at the moment and is enjoying very much every taste of agility he's experienced. He's now familiar with jumps(bars are on the ground, of course), open tunnels, closed tunnels, pause table, we're working on stationary contacts and he's running over ladders on the ground. I've finished building the tippy board and we're almost done with the "baby" dogwalk, so we'll be working on those as of tomorrow. We're playing lots of attention games and I'm trying to control his speed without reducing it, to prevent future problems. I'm a little hesitant, though, to start moving beyond obstacle training. I'm able to send him down a straight line of jump uprights, over 20' to a tunnel, and I've introduced both the 90 degree turn and one form of pinwheel(wetting his feet there), but I'm unsure as to what other discreet behaviors I should train and proof before starting real sequencing. I need to be consistent with the cues I make with my body and avoid confusing him and causing him to look back or break the sequence, for I know that can induce behaviors like barking and spinning. What I need are exercises that I can do on the flat or with an obstacle or two to get us both sure of what body cues mean what and build his confidence. Touch games, targeting exercises, front/rear cross exercises - what should I do? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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