Today I started with a jump at the end of the dogwalk. The original plan was to wait until I had a higher success rate without it but I wanted to see how the mechanics of throwing a toy over the jump were going to work. I also used a Kong at the end of a rope for the low value toy in hopes I would be able to throw it better. I still used his red chicken for the high value toy. The conclusion of this little experiment is that I'm not so very good with the throwing, not a surprise to me and the main reason I don't typically train with thrown toys but I'm hoping with some practice I can get better. I found it a near impossible challenge to run to the end of the dogwalk, throw the first toy accurately over the jump, watch the contact zone then remember to throw the second toy only if successful. It was kind of a comedy routine, or maybe a tragedy depending on how you want to look at it. For one rep. I forgot to throw the first toy entirely and I got a terrible leap as Strum was looking at me and the toy instead of ahead. I ended up having to lead out to the downramp in order to pull it all off and for a few reps. the little stinker ran straight to me and the toy rather than taking the dogwalk. I had to keep my eye on him until he was committed to the walk which added another challenge to the equation.
Cool morning, mid-30's, sunny, calm
6/10 (60%) hits, all full dogwalks (no backchaining)
20" Jump after the dogwalk for some reps. but not for others. I rotated the jump in and out as I tried to get comfortable with the toy throwing. First few reps. had a jump after the dogwalk.
Lots of weirdness with his gait though the latter reps. were getting better. More jumping off the dogwalk than I normally see which was my worry with using toys but this could be more due to my atrocious throwing. I was trying to throw farther this time as well. I'm going to keep up with it next week, we'll see how it goes. Strum gets the whole weekend off because I have a class but I think I should get in some throwing practice in the yard before I leave for class in the morning. Because my neighbors don't already think I'm weird enough.