Urban Borders Posted February 4, 2012 Report Share Posted February 4, 2012 Pretty sad tonight. This weekend will be my girl's last trial ever, only a year after she started. She only has her AD and AAD, could have gone so much farther except for one thing: her A-frame. She doesn't knock bars, she doesn't miss weave entries, she rarely has an of-course, and we've largely fixed her dogwalk. But she cannot do an A-frame, despite the use of about 4 different methods of training running contacts over the course of a year (the only one we haven't tried is the box method). I even pulled her out of competition twice, for 3 months and 4 months, in order to try and fix this. I've asked/been helped by multiple instructors, both at our club and elsewhere, how to teach her to extend coming down the frame. She used to slow down as she approached the apex, and sort of step over it. Now, she extends over the apex, lands about a slat and a half down the downside, and then does a short stride to the slat above the yellow, then off. Depending on the day, she gets a foot in; at home or practice, she usually gets a foot in. She's not bailing; she drives towards the bottom, head down. But she comes off right above the yellow. I should share two things: she was originally trained (she crept the whole way down) with a stopped 2o/2o, and she has partially torn both cruciates. The 2o/2o looked excruciating, all that creeping, and I would rather retire her than go back to it. I've debated many a time whether this is physical. Maybe it is, but she is a 20" dog that jumps 22" and even 26" without issue, and that extends flat to the ground flying down our steep hills at home. Somehow, she has never understood how to just let go, trust, and give in to gravity coming down a frame. Anyways, this is a longshot, but if anyone has ever had an issue with a dog not extending down a frame, and has any suggestions, I'd like to try them. Also, if anyone knows any really good trainers that would be of help with this, even if I could only speak to them over the phone or via email, I'd love to know. Or any useful listserves I could post to. I'm still going to retire her (even though she qualified for Nationals after only a few trials this year), because trialing has become so upsetting for me (because of that frame) and she knows I'm not having fun. We'll play at home, I guess. But I'd still like to fix this, if I could. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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