Friday, November 21, 2008

Balancing Act

Here is what Riley is working on. She is a wild and wiggly girl. With so much movement, she is more at risk for falling of dogwalks and teeters. On this exercise, I am click and treating for having all 4 feet on the board. I want her to walk across it. I want her to be able to turn around and sit on it without falling off. I want her to be comfortable moving around on it and to know her job is to stick to the board no matter what she is doing.

Here is Riley doing some low teeter work. To minimize the amount of pivot, I have the far end of the board land on a table. Over time the teeter gets taller and the table gets lower. When you do not see us in the frame, I am rewarding Riley for not putting herself on the obstacle without me telling her first. I want her to wait until instructed to do so.

Here is a clip of Riley's weave pole progress. She knows to travel down the middle of the poles now.


BrittBeah said...

Just love the gi-normous kaki pants, they look like they came out of my closet :)
Can you get Riley to tell Dan that the feet are supposed to go on the teeter and not on the sides? She looks like she understands that part pretty well.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

LOL... I just woke up... those are my PJs... just kidding :-). I didn't dress up for you guys :-).

Doing some similar work with Dan would help with the feet on both sides. It helps if you raise the board up so it is not even with the ground. Cement blocks work well.


Maria Peters said...

Very cool.

Is there a beginner's agility class locally?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

There is a good place for hounds to go for agility training in Woodstock, GA. Email me if you want the contact info.


Zan said...

Wow!! She's made so much progress in such a short time. I'm impressed but not surprised :-)!

Stephen said...

Hey Britt,

Don't feel left out. She doesn't dress up for me either! Love you honey!

greytblackdog said...

it's cool to watch her brain work. you can see her figuring out what you want and waiting for that click. i'm with britt - those pants are HOT.