I've been working on weave pole entries with Strummer this summer. Just 3 poles in the back yard. I was good about it for a while with multiple session each day. The main thing we were working on was entries on the soft side since that's a big weakness for him. He always wants to enter between poles 2 and 3. It took him weeks but finally he was having nice, consistent, successful sessions, nailing the entry from all manner of extreme angles.
Then a few weeks went by where we didn't practice at all. I decided to remedy that today and took Strum out for a short session this afternoon. He had a few early successes then started going around the poles to enter with the first pole to the right of his right shoulder. I can't recall him ever doing that before. And he kept doing it and doing it and doing it and I don't care what Susan Garrett says I couldn't let him keep doing it and hope he figured it out for himself because he was stuck in a loop and not trying anything different and in my experience with this dog it's best to set up for a few successful reps then end the session when this happens. So I sent him in at a couple easy angles and called it a session.
I went back out later tonight and same thing. This time I shot some video. I started out with the easier angles but as soon as the angle is such that my shoulders are rotated towards him, he's going around to the wrong side. When doing these exercises I position myself towards the weave poles such that my shoulders are facing the space between poles 1 and 2.
Yes, I know, my clicks are late and I'm throwing the ball too late so he's turning and looking to me but I've got a bigger issue here and I'm not sure where it came from or how to solve it. Plus I'm in dire need of a hair cut. Holy split ends. My hair has taken a beating this summer with all the training and hair washing, sometimes twice a day. I'll make an appointment tomorrow, I promise.
If any one has run into this and has a solution I'm all ears because this is a new one on me and I don't want to continue to have him practicing this.