Finally had a chance to sneak in a dogwalk practice yesterday in between the rain storms and classes and Stuff I have to do. I had a great suggestion for a training exercise from a reader and I've been eager to give it a shot. The set-up was jump-dogwalk-jump. You wrap the dog over the jump, do the dogwalk, wrap the dog over the other jump, etc. If the dog hits the contact you reward profusely, if not you keep going. The logical/trainer part of me doesn't like the idea of not marking the miss but it was more fun and felt better not to mark it and keep going. In a sense the lack of treat is a no-reward marker but still it's getting a bit fuzzy. Nonetheless I gave it a try. Results weren't great, 3/7 or 43%. I'm going to try a few more times though and see if I see improvement over time. I like to give something new a chance before I dismiss it even if the initial results aren't great. It's a tiring exercise for both human and dog so I didn't get a whole lot of reps in. With warmer temps. Strum gets hot and slows down much sooner now and there's no point doing dogwalks when his tongue is hanging out.
I originally thought the point of the exercise was to get the dog to shorten its stride in anticipation of collecting on the flat for the jump wrap but according to the reader this is not correct. And in reality it didn't work that way either.
I also ran a course that was set up and had 1/3 (33%) hits on the dogwalk (I missed filming the first rep.). I also managed to get an A-frame on tape and he missed it and I don't think I noticed. I need to start paying better attention, that's probably why he's missing in trials, he's doing it in practice and I don't even notice.
The other interesting thing to notice about the video is that I'm striking heel first when I run. The chiro/p.t. did a video gait analysis of me running on Monday and that was the first thing he pointed out. Apparently this is a good way to strain your hamstrings. He gave me an exercise to help me learn to run more flat-footed. Imagine trying to learn how to run (and walk) a completely different way at age 46. I'm glad to be able to learn better running form but it's sort of twisting my brain around. Maybe this is good for me, it'll keep my brain from gathering too much dust. He's going to take a closer look at the video and give me the results on Friday. There are 20 different things he looks at. Who knew running was so complicated? I always joke it's so easy, any idiot can do it, there's no skill or technique involved at all. I also realized after the fact that I wasn't supposed to be running but oh well. I don't think that small amount of running did any damage but I'm going to lay off it until Friday.