Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jive's first full practice jumping course

Jive had his first full practice course yesterday in which I set the course up at home, Ron Diamond from  Victoria designed the course it is an excellent jumping course, although I did add a couple of modifications. The course ran very smoothly with a lead out pivot and then some nice controled circle work, into a tunnel with a rear cross, then into another tunnel with a nice Go home.

The main reason I chose this course as I always envied handlers with their dog having a great Go at the end of a course. That is the one thing I did not teach Jazz she tends to slow down and says well are you coming. So I was determined for Jive to have a great Go. As Jive loves his tug he was pretty easy to teach the Go.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jump'n Jive working on full height running A frame

Australia Day today in Australia which means a public holiday. Katie and Kris came down and we all went to the beach. The dogs had a great time swimming and splashing around in the water.

Jive has been busy the last couple of weeks with working on his full height A frame, also we had to revisit our weavers and we worked on proofing the entries and exits. We worked on the challenges of the 2x2 DVD of Susan Garrett, lots of great exercises to go through on Susans DVD. Over the next two months we will be working on full courses in readiness for his debut of trialling.

Jive at work with me in the grooming shed
Jive comes to work with me each day as I work as a groomer from home, so everyday Jive comes up to the shed with me and puts himself on the grooming table and checks out all the customers for the day. He loves just sitting around and keeping me company. Any free time we have we go and have a training session of agility which he loves.

More Agility Training
Jive has also been working on his dogwalk, table, jumps and seesaw, there is so much to learn for a young dog, but Jive loves to learn and he loves his agility. At the end of the day he loves to climb on the chair with John or myself and have a big cuddle.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jive on Holidays

Jive did have some time off recently from his agility training, Katie and Kris took him kayaking down the river, he loved it and was a very good boy.

Jive at Katie and Kris's over christmas.

Katie and Kris then took Jive and dogs to the beach and they
all had a great swim.

Spunky Jive man.

Jive and his friends at the beach with Katie and Kris.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Jives running A Frame

Jive has been busy with training his running Aframe this last month.

I decided to try and train a running A frame with Jive, as I have watched alot of dogs with running A frame contacts and they look so much smoother than the 2o2o method. Runnning Aframes seems to be better on the joints of the dogs. I would love to train a running dog walk but I just do not think I would keep up with Jive with a running dogwalk, also the dog walk is not as steep as the A Frame so there fore not so damaging too the joints.

I have videoed a couple of the segments of the running A frame, although I videoed them all today we have been training on the box and the grid for some 4 weeks now with three or four short sessions a day.

Our first segment is adding value to the box, once the dog loves going into the box, we then add the pounce out of the box. Once that is perfected we add the grid line which is the same distance that a dog would jump from the upper part of the A frame and then one pounce into the down contact, and another pounce into the colour.
Video below on some of the segments we have been working on:

Next segment is the grid line, this is the same line as the Aframe itself.

Today is the first day Jive has gone near an A frame we did back chain the A frame a couple of times, we then  put it all together and have a lovely running A frame. We still have a long way to go as the A Frame is not at its full height still another 10-12 inches before it is at its full height. We also need to fade the pvc box  and also we need to add add turns and rear crosses to the running of the A frame, but I am very pleased with where we are at, running contacts are a lot of work but I think they are worth it in the end.