That darn 'Out' verbal cue, I never was able to teach it to Cody and Lola. To be honest I never tried all that hard. Teaching a dog to defy your motion is difficult and tedious and I gave up the task without putting sufficient effort into it. Cost Lola quite a few gambles but oh well. It was never a big problem for us on regular courses, seems I could always find some other way. Didn't even try to teach it to Strummer, trying to keep consistent with the notion of not training him to ignore my motion on the turning obstacles. But yesterday a handling conundrum came up for the second time and I couldn't find a way to deal with it.
I also discovered a training hole that I knew I had but kept forgetting about and that's the rear cross at a tunnel. Strum doesn't read them at all as far as coming out of the tunnel on the correct side. So if I did a rear between 9 and 10 he still came out of the tunnel turning left. If I put him in with him on my left then he came out and did the right turn to 11 no problem. No amount of calling while he was in the tunnel made a difference. So this week we'll practice those rears in the yard. Can't believe I left out such a basic skill but I remember at some point in his training I reached Information Overload and apparently some stuff fell through the cracks. It's no matter, I've been looking for some fun little thing to train in my little yard and now the perfect thing has fallen in my lap.