I've been on a mission to get the 180 degree flip from dogwalk to tunnel on a verbal. I thought I mostly had it but DOCNA Champs showed me that oh no I don't.
Even though I have a practice tunnel I decided to use a plastic lawn chair for him to run around because for one I could get in a lot more reps without having to wait for him to run through the tunnel and also because it's a wider turn and easier on his body. In theory anyway. That silly dog refuses to have any respect at all for his body no matter how I try to help him.
I've been working with the chairs for a few days now, several quick sessions a day and it took a good 3 days before he seemed to have any clue as to what I wanted. After he failed for the third time in a row I'd give him some physical cues to help him then take them away and he'd be back to making mistakes, ie not turning away on the verbal cue and running straight ahead.
Yesterday's last session saw over 80% success though as did this morning's so this afternoon I broke out the tunnel and he's been near perfect. Sort of. After watching the video I'm not entirely happy with the performance. He's not running to the bottom and turning but rather turning before reaching the end and sliding down the plank a bit. He hits the yellow but if he takes to diving in the tunnel before running through the bottom of the plank he could easily start missing and in fact he did this on the A-frame at Champs. He wasn't running to the bottom either with the chair and I was rewarding it. The last rep isn't too bad and part of the problem I think is that I need to repaint/resand my contacts. Glad I finally shot some video before I got too far along.
Some of the reps were straight ahead runs to a jump that was off screen. My camera doesn't zoom out far enough to catch all the action and my yard is so small I can't place it farther away. I had a lot of reps go straight because I don't want him learning to automatically dive into a tunnel whenever he sees one under the dogwalk. He was starting to do that last summer.
Though I want the turn on a verbal I have been helping him out by remaining stopped and facing the side of the dogwalk towards the way I want him to turn when there's a turn and facing straight and moving forward when I want him to go straight. If I want him to turn towards me I call his name and face the direction I want him to turn and indicate with an arm. I'll get some video of that. I didn't think he was having problems with that but now I want to see for myself on video what's going on.
Practice tomorrow, I'll see if I can get my training partner to shoot more video.
Dogwalk Turns 10-2-2010 from colliebrains on Vimeo.