Jumping nicely and correctly can either be the easiest possible thing - with naturally talented dogs... And yet it can be the hardest one to get - with dogs struggling with that or another aspect... Working with both ends of a spectrum sure made me appreciate naturally talented jumpers - and made me have big respect for those who helped their dogs jump better. Thanks to mat work, originally used for running contacts, helping the dogs who struggle with correct take off got a tiny bit easier though! I wanted to share two success videos of my March Foundations class where we used the mat with several dogs who had that or another jumping issue.
Martina and Iny were struggling with early take off... - And look at them now:
The war is not won yet, but the difference is amazing for sure!
And here are Ikuko and Tetra who were struggling with correct take off on turns, resulting in wrong landing spot and wide turns - the mat can sure do wonders for that problem!
And the third one is the video in my previous post: mat definitely helped To with her jumping too. We still have tons of work ahead of us, mostly on keeping her head together rather as getting frantic and rushing things when I get ahead - that's why I did so many rear crosses and hanging back on tryouts - going slow was my motto!!! 🙂 She can sure still lose her head on pushes with blinds - or straight lines with me ahead and running hard. But the trend is good! And as long as the trend is good, all is good! - Eventually, we'll get there! 🙂