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Posted soft and hard side entries. My biggest issue is turning in a circle and getting her on the right side. (Need circle work I know). We have done work on a single 2×2 but worked this way to clarify the entry. She works mostly for food and using the bowl gives us both a target,

Kama (Administrator) June 5, 2020 at 6:23 pm

Great! I’ll look at those uploads and get you some feedback. I use food to bring my dog into my side and reinforce, then send to the weaves (and reward), if the dog is still learning side position/circle work. It’s totally okay to reward both behaviors. I start with food with a lot of my dogs. I just use big pieces or put my weaves on a smoother surface (mats, short grass, etc) to increase treat visibility. If she’s not picky with food, that makes it even easier, because some treats (like cheese puffs) are easier to see!

I hate to sound dumb…but what do you mean by circle work?

Kama (Administrator) June 6, 2020 at 10:18 am

That’s not dumb! Anne and I were referring to a foundation skill where your dog learns to drive to your side for agility. Typically this is done in both clockwise and counterclockwise circles (hence the name “circle work”) with front crosses.

Thank you, Kama. Is there a way to see a video as to how you do circle work?

Kama (Administrator) June 15, 2020 at 10:37 am

I don’t have any videos of my circle work in this class, but there are some in my online membership (plus videos of members doing circle work training sessions asking for feedback).

working on that video got off pace a little with the heat and wind last week

Kama (Administrator) June 8, 2020 at 3:15 pm

It happens! As long as we get back on track, the dogs still make great progress.

That photo is my new agility field

Hi – I have posted videos for review of my three dogs. Bella is my puppy – 18 months old (guess that’s not quite a puppy anymore but she is just getting started on foundation work.}. She was a little bothered by the heat and I broke her session into two videos. I’m pleased she is understanding what’s going on. Tori is 3 and she just had a litter of puppies so she’s been off for about 3 months. She’s so excited to be back at this. She runs Master level and is super driven. Mickey is 6 but she’s behind Tori in training as she had a number of interruptions in her training (Valley fever, Canine flu of some sort that she almost died from and spent a week in the emergency hospital, and then another interruption for a litter of puppies.). She runs Open and Excellent at this point. None of my dogs have really learned weave entries like this, so I am super excited about the clear way you presented your video, and about how quickly my dogs picked up the understanding from the different sides. They all made mistakes, but I think it was more my indication to them rather than their mistakes. Mickey, on the right side, almost went between the two poles near the end of her video, but she made a quick correction on her own to grab the correct entry. I was really pleased to see that. I’d love your input – maybe I need to make some handling adjustments?

Kama (Administrator) June 15, 2020 at 10:36 am

Excellent! I’m glad you submitted videos of all the dogs! I am reviewing videos today and tomorrow (had a couple days where my internet wasn’t playing nice), so I will get you feedback ASAP. Typically, I review one of two ways (depending on how many things I see)…a text answer on the video or a link to a review of your video with voiceover (if there was a lot of information I want to share with you).

Great! Thank you!

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