Monday, October 17, 2011

Movie Monday

This week's Movie Monday is of some clips I took last week during our agility barn rental time. Part of the warm ups that I do with the danes are some long distance recalls. This is possible because they both have stays. Ruthie is still working on hers.;0) I also recorded a little bit of our weave pole practice. I don't practice weaves very often with Heffner because 1) he's already pretty solid with them and 2) he really throws himself into them and I don't want him torquing his spine on a lot by practicing them. He already loves them, so it's a good reward for him.

Now that Bess is getting more reliable with her entrances, I need to work on building up her speed and confidence a bit at the beginning. She picks up speed as she goes along and starts using a more efficient one footed style. I would love to get her to the point where she can do that from start to finish through the weaves, but I want solid, gradual improvements and am not going to push her on this.

I'm slowly working on some foundation work with Ruthie, so we don't have anything terribly interesting to show. I just took some random clips of her going over jumps. She's so stinkin' cute when she's out there and she LOVES running along side me. And do you realize how much more difficult it is to "watch" a small dog out of the corner of your eye? It's rare that I lose sight of the danes on an agility course and I've totally taken that for granted. With Ruthie I'm finding that even my arm will block her from my sight. And heaven forbid she decides to race ahead of me and try a front cross on her own. That has caused me to almost eat dirt a couple of times!! Running a midget dog is going to take a lot of getting used to!

And finally, here's the video:


Kimberley said...

I loved this video. I have GOT to get my dog the weave poles. That was awesome. He would love it. He is a jumper too, gotta be careful because he can jump baby gates and chain linked fences.. But, hes a good boy and sticks by thankfully. Anyways, very fun to watch this, Ive become a member of the blog and hope to see more puppy practice! :)

Lexi and Jasper the Danes said...

Great video! Wow Heffner really is brilliant at the weaves, so speedy!!

Hopefully one day we can be like that :)

Licks and lots of slobber,
Lexi and Jasper the Danes