March 4th, 2011

Daisy Peel Seminar

The first day of the Daisy Peel Seminar was great!  First Daisy asked each of us what we wanted from the seminar.  Four of the participants were agility teachers.  Two were judges. One I realizes was the judge at the AKC trial where I got my Novice Jumpers title. Many of the 10 participants wanted help with pole entrances most were new to the Awesome Paws handling method so she decided to start with the basics. She started with recalls to heal on the flat.

She said we should always think of turns in terms of 90 degree turns, squares.  She had us call our dogs in to a treat held at our inside leg, then step forward bringing our dogs in parallel to us. We should never fade out the stop. It would disappear because we would later be moving forward before they get to us, but we shouldn't work on fading the stop.

We did the recall facing the dog, as the dog comes in step back and lure the dog around. It's not an obedience flip finish.

"Every jump is a trick.  Your job is to get your dog from trick to trick."  I like that.

She had us do recalls over a jump and coming out of a tunnel.

She had us work on jumping, kneeling at the a jump, holding treats at the base of the standard offering treats for perfect jumps. She suggested resting our heads against the standard so we could feel even the slightest touch on the cross bar. We should eventually do the exercise with the jump near a wall so our dogs will jump tightly and use the lightest bar possible.No reward if they touch the bar.

We did  270 degree recalls and serpentine recalls.

We should walk around our training area moving to different jumps, rewarding each jump they take as they walk with us. Walk slowly to keep them with you. Don't tell them to take the jumps. Reward when they come in to you. You want to brainwash them that collection is fun.  Extension is always fun.

We worked on the backy uppy where we stood facing our dogs on the take off side of the jump and the directed jump where some distance from the jump we stood facing the dog on the landing side of the jump.

Next all of us together with our dogs practiced the four turns on the flat:  We made four 90 degree turns doing a pull (dog on the outside) and push (dog on the inside). We did front crosses and rear crosses (getting our dogs to go forward and crossing behind them).

Daisy listed the cues for dogs in order of importance:  Motion, Shoulders, Location, Arm, Eye Contact, Verbal Cues.

Then we broke for lunch.