I shot some video of our last practice session since I had a nice overhead view from a deck above the practice area. I like to get some video of my handling and Strum's jumping every once in a while to see where we're at. The exercise is a Backyard Dogs thing from Clean Run but I have no idea what issue. I can find out if anyone's interested but I think you get the basic idea of the layout from the video. Tried doing the exercises different ways to see what worked best.
The good-almost no bars down. He had one or two hard knocks that didn't bring the bar down but would have with a regular jump standard (a few of those bars were very tight in the standards). I think his jumping looks good for the most part. He's taking off where he should, collecting when I cue him to. I put a couple of exercises into slow motion so I could compare my cues to his reactions and I think it mostly looks o.k.
The bad-I'm still flinging my arm way up in the air over my head. Seemed like I was getting a handle on that but for this practice session I was back to my old habits. Glad I shot the video, I realize now I still have to watch out for that. My other problem was with supporting jumps. He still needs me to hold up for a bit until he's committed or go up to a jump with him. I had a couple of run-bys at the trial last weekend because I took off running somewhere before he was committed. I'm hoping with time and practice he'll get more independent. He's way better than when we started but still needs a fair amount of support.
He's such a fun little boy to run, he truly loves playing agility.