Thursday, December 9, 2010

A-Frame & Jessica the Magician

In human terms, Gilda's favorite Obstacle seems to be the A-Frame. Last night in class, we did an exercise which was designed to teach the dogs how to leap over the apex of the Obstacle and then take 2 strides down the backside. It seems that Gilda is naturally gifted in this department because Lord knows I hadn't secretly taught her any of this and yet she does it beautifully! (I am so focused on running as fast as I can to the end of the A-Frame that I cannot witness this personally but it is what Linda and Jessica report!).

We also worked on our first "Snooker" during this class. Gilda was able to do some nice sequencing work including serpentine jumps (yet another skill we had not previously worked on) and probably would have been able to sequence 7 Obstacles with some solid handling...

Still working to overcome her fear of noise and moving objects, the Teeter is Gilda's least favorite Obstacle. Tonight however, Jessica had her moving quickly toward it and pushing it to the ground with 2 front paws all within a 5 minute session! It's truly amazing to watch Jessica use her experience and most of all her 'right on the money' instincts. Jessica knows exactly when to increase the criteria and how much to increase the criteria. Best of all, Gilda was excited and happy throughout the whole session. Simply amazing...

1 comment:

Pat said...

Gilda keeps amazing And you guys know how to bring out the best in her