I guess that the more beautiful, impressive and spectacular something is, the more myths there will be around it. I guess that's why running contacts attract so many myths. So here is truth and nothing but the truth - straight from their inventor 🙂
RC are much easier with small vs. big dogs.
Wrong. This myth originates in the fact that before my method, having "running contacts" was a question of having luck or not. And yes, small dogs will get lucky and hit more often if we let it all depend on luck. If we TRAIN it, then no, it's not easier to train a small vs. big dog. In fact, the training process is mostly longer with small vs. big dogs exactly as they can hit without really understanding more often. What is indeed easier with smaller vs. bigger dogs though is handling after DW - the shorter the stride the easier it is to get it in the right direction on time - but that's true for any part of the course anyway.
It's hard to handle after RC.
Definitely not true for A-frame - MUCH easier to handle running AF as stopped one as you can keep the momentum and don't even need to look back to know when to release. With DW, some exits can be tricky to handle, but it's easier as you think as again, the handler keeps the momentum the whole time + RC dogs love DW so much they can be send from anywhere.
RC take very long to be trained.
Depends. Some dogs do need a while to get the concept - and some hit reliably with any exit at full height in 2 months... I'm still figuring out what makes it so much easier for some dogs vs. others, but well, To says RC is the easiest trick she has ever learned and makes RC look ridiculously easy and fast to train.
RC require tons of repetitions.
Depends. The more tricks the dog knows and the better he understands the clicker and the better you mark the contacts, the less repetitions it will take to train them. And once trained, they don't require ANY repetitions anymore - no maintenance needed.
You need your own DW to be able to train it.
La, Bu and Bi were trained before I had my own equipment - on just a plank - and then finished up on on old, wooden, not-adjustable DW in my club. I do admit having an adjustable DW made things much easier with To. But when there is a will, there is a way 🙂
What do you think about the method with manners minder?
Well, that's basically my original method. That's how La was trained 12+ years ago - of course without the fancy technology and with just a food bowl, but basically the same thing. The reason why I switched to toys is that I found it hard to maintain the behaviour when she was highly excited. She never missed in training, but she did miss some in trials - always in the biggest ones... So I later "retrained" with a toy and she is much more reliable ever since. Neither of my other dogs (that were all trained with a thrown toy) had this problem - the more excited they are, the deeper they hit.
You can't have both stopped and running contacts, it's too confusing.
That's about that true as the statement that you can't have both sit and down, that it's too confusing for the dog then to know if you want either sit or down 🙂
RC are not reliable.
Depends how well you train them 🙂 Just as with 2ono2ff, your successful rate can be anywhere between 0-100% - depending on how it's trained...
Can you share some videos of non-BC, non-Sheltie breeds doing Running Contacts?
Yes I can 🙂