Silvia Trkman's new DVD, putting a twist to her previous Running Contacts video - making the process shorter and easier on dogs' bodies and limiting the time on actual equipment to the minimum. It allows you to train anytime, anywhere and master turns, soft turns and straight exits with all possible handling after with just a mat and well before introducing dog-walk and A-frame. It
- shorts the whole process by focusing on understanding right from the start
- limits the work on equipment to the minimum by teaching it all on just a mat - meaning very little work on actual dog-walk needed
- eliminates the tossed toy phase, replacing it with just handing the toy to a dog, so it's much easier on their bodies - but still allows you to work with lots of speed well before adding a dog-walk into the picture
It covers both dog-walk and A-frame and is appropriate for total beginners, retrains and all trying to improve their running contacts.
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Hi Silvia, we´re trying to do RC with our border collie. She is doing them very well but just from that one point of starting. If we change the starting point, she starts to jump. What would you say? (Unfortunately you can´t see the starting point on the Video)
She is not really leaping, just missing -- pretty normal at this stage. Try starting her one stride further back -- there must be another good spot somewhere, time to find it!
Sylvia, as I am working my way through Foundations I think I will get the RC dvd to help me decide what to do with Kooza. I’m thinking running AF and Stop on the DW, but maybe your video will inspire me to do both as RC. I wondered however which in video you address Teeter?
Teeter will be covered in one of the future DVDs… And yes, RC DVD will certainly help with the decision on contacts!
Are you still doing the buy 3 DVDs, get 1 free?
Yes -- till end of May.
Hi Silvia! Jagger is fully recovered from his injury back in the spring and we are working on our training again. We’ve been having some struggles for consistency and seeing the progress with running contacts lately; I could use some advice and encouragement. Is it too late to join the class?
To clarify, he’s actually doing pretty well. Good foot separation, very happy to run his dogwalk. I am just struggling with him coming up just a little short or giving a high hit with one rear paw -- not a very “safe” hit for judges and not very reliable, either. It seems to be chancey whether he’s going to hit or not. He does much better when I break things down with GTCG, but it doesn’t seem to translate to the full dogwalk. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to send him over the dogwalk so that he will give me different kinds of hits that I can reward other than the one rear paw high which I’m not terribly thrilled with. High class problems, right? 🙂
Happy to hear that Jagger is back! You can still join the class of course!
Hi Silvia! I have a question…….how would you feel if I substituted a dog doing some RC work for Roscoe’s spot for the next couple of weeks? I am helping a friend with her dog, who is a retrain from 2o2o, and she goes back to school in a couple weeks. So, she is trying to fast track him with some RC work every day and twice/week she is coming to my house and filming Spur for me and then she works her dog. Would you mind looking at the videos and letting me know what you think? We probably will only have 4-5 more videos because after that she heads off to college. She wants me to keep working with him because he will be home with her mom, but I just don’t have the time to go get him and make the videos. I wish I did, he is very cool! Anyway, let me know what you think. I just haven’t had time to do much with Roscoe lately and thought maybe you wouldn’t mind checking out this dog and seeing what you think. This was yesterday’s session. 100%, but last week he was only 60%. He is VERY smart! She is throwing in advance some and also after a tunnel some. He doesn’t drive that well to a placed toy.
Looks good! All ready to add some different approaches and add more height.
thanks!! Yep, we have been varying his approaches. did not this session only because the previous session was only 60%. I’ll raise it tomorrow.
OK, we added height. Did thrown toy first going to the left. Then after the tunnel. I should have done thrown toy first going to the right, but just forgot. So, since he wasn’t reaching quite enough we then went to thrown toy. This is nearly full height. I need to measure it, but I am pleasantly surprised at how well he is doing. Anything you see we should do differently? I didn’t add any different approaches since this was a pretty significant raise.
Thanks so much!! Amy and the dog’s name is Jones. He’s a pretty cool dog! I think in your area you would call him a Vice Champion? He placed second at AKC Nationals this year. 😀 He’s a rescue!
Very cool, no problems! I would keep throwing a toy for now yes and only fade it once on full height. -- Almost there! Really cool fast little dog!
Hi Silvia, We did another session with Jones. I moved my DW, so this was his third time at this height, but first time in this location. The first three he was started from a sit stay about 3 meters out and I don’t think he had enough speed, so I had her start from wrapping the jump and he did better. I jackpotted the fourth one because there was separation. Some funking striding on the down on quite a few reps.
Well, the trend was sure good 🙂 Maybe only use speedy approaches until the DW is full height and he learns to fly the apex and till then, focus on deepness of the hits -- some of those were too high to JP and I wouldn’t R 1:34 as he lands right after the contact, meaning he would certainly miss it if his stride was any longer.
Hi Silvia! Today’s session with Jones. This is his fourth (?) time at this height. Maybe 5th, I am not sure, but I like how he is now flying the second apex and showing more reach on the whole thing at times. I look forward to hearing what you think.
Thanks so much!! Amy
Definitely getting there! Mostly rewarding it right, but if possible, R only for hits like 1:38 to not JP less separation. Looks like you can raise it some too -- and try to find a way to get hits on a 1st try as well, trying different things how to make it easier…
OK, we are going to try warming him up with some ball play first. He seems to get so excited the first time trying those strange nearly one hit downs. :O I am going to try to get her mom to bring him to me a couple times/week after she goes to college. He is doing so well I hate to stop now! I now have Splice on my iPad and it is SO easy to make videos with that now, so it isn’t time consuming at all. Would I sign up as a repeater for the current class?
Sure, you can do that. It ends mid-October though -- but next one only starts mid-December.
Hi Silvia! OK, this is the last video unless I can convince her mom to bring him to me. I think I can, but I will be talking with her tomorrow and know for sure. I sure hate to stop now!!! We are only about 3″ from full height. 😀
Thanks so much!! Amy
Forgot to mention we did a small ball playing session to warm him up. Not sure if that helped him hit the first time, or not. He’s the smartest dog I have ever met, so he may just be getting it? He is seriously smart. I thought Roscoe was smart, but this dog is so quick to learn things. Also, I just remembered that you met him at that seminar years ago when I was there with Roscoe. He was also in the seminar that time. 😀
Wow, those were really cool hits!!! I think you can just raise to full height now and then finish it up on full height with different approaches etc. And huh, I’m usually pretty good at remembering, but that one will be a bit hard 🙂
Hi, is it too late to get a working spot in the june Running Contact class? I have been training RC since may with the DVD, but i am experiencing difficulties, i am still on a flat plank. I would like to enter the class so i can get feedback. Or if you will be starting a class this autumn i can wait but not untl snow comes.
Yes, you can actually still join… June class will close mid-October though and then the next class only starts in December…
I don’t know is this a right place this question? I just wonder what would be best class to join with Esteri next? Repeat RC class or is handling class better for us? I haven’t train AF yet, do you think I can manage to train it by myself if I don’t repeat RC class? And if I have some questions about AF can I ask those in handling class?
I have had incredible first year with Esteri thanks to you online class! She have learn so much.
And here you can see today’s training
And here you can see today’s training
She is sooo cool! I don’t think you need another RC class no, I think Handling would be the way to go next. Great job, definitely contacts to make you smile! 🙂 I think you can go for AF too now that she is one year -- should be easy anyway!
Yeah, you are right I smile all the time when we training 😀 I will wait next year with AF, because then here opens a place were is adjustable AF. I then continue Inkeri’s RC training also, because she need also adjustable DW.
And you will see us handling class soon. Now I really have to learn handling her through the whole course 🙂
🙂 Great, see you there then!
Just want to show you how the AF training went. Esteri don’t have much separation, but it was the same with DW first when we went full height and now that is ok. So I think that will come in time also? There is couple very bad runs in full height, too much speed? Now I can probably do AF course training and stop doing it separately?
And you can also see what Inkeri’s AF looks like at the moment. Yesterday we started DW again, because now I have access to adjustable DW.
And that handling class planned to take part that in the spring time. I now wait that weaves DVD, so we can learn from it 😀
And congratulations new puppy, it’s so cute!
Very cool!!! All ready to put it in courses yes! Inkeri looks great as well!!!
Question, using the ball gets great drive and speed over the dogwalk but if you are doing 2 on 2 off and not throwing a ball how do you get the same speed?
I don’t understand the question… Are you asking how to get the same speed with 2on2off as with RC? The answer is you can’t 🙂
Haha, yes that was my question, how to get high speed on the dogwalk with 2on2off 😉
Well, it’s impossible to get such good speed with a stop as with RC 🙂 but backchaining it slowly, rewarding the fastest ones the most and redoing the slowest tries, practising when the dog is most excited and rewarding with a release to things he likes best (going for a walk, getting dinner, greeting somebody etc.) helps a lot.
Hi Silvia! Does the DVD also explain how to train RC on the A-frame?
Yes. First steps are the same anyway and then you can just raise it faster and not go for so low hits if you only want AF.
I was wondering whether I could ask for some advice about how to decide whether to go with RC or 2on2off.
I have one three year old dog who I have trained on 2on2off, but then stopped competing with, and after the long break I’m thinking of whether I should try RC. I find it difficult to get an independent and fast drive into the contact, but sure could train it. But my girl (large) loves running and maybe she would love this more.
Also, I have my new 14month old dog beginning to do agility, so now same question whether I should go for RC. She is also a large dog.
Finally, what is the logic of training a running A-frame but a stopped DW, which a lot of people have recommended to me? Why one and not the other?
Many thanks for your time.
Running AF is easier to get and to handle -- that’s why many people go for running AF, but stopped DW. Running DW is not easy to train, but it’s easier to handle as most people think 🙂 -- so if you have time&patience, you can certainly give it a try -- dogs just love it! You can always change your mind and go back to the stop, many people also kept both and say training RC really sped up their 2on2off as well.
Many, many thanks for your reply. I bought your DVD … and will likely keep out an eye for when the next RC class starts 🙂
Happy running! 🙂