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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I´m sorry to bother you, but it´s such a long time til the next rc-class to begin… (can´t wait! 🙂 )
I have some strange (?) problems with my young dog. He sometimes looses allmost all separation and reach, even when he runs full speed (much faster than Ninja ever did!) and then he misses even with four strides (like in some of the tries in the film below).
I´ve had to rise the dw in very small steps and often go back to lower heights again to get reach and separation back. At the same time he often gets more and more crazy (?) during training sessions and starts to use only three strides and a gigant leap off the dw… it´s very difficult to know what set-up will make it easy for him to hit the contact.
In this session I raised the dw a bit when he started to use three strides and it worked -- I got four strides again, but in the end he hit with frontlegs. That´s at least better than gigant leaps and misses, so I rewarded that.
Do you think I need to rise the dw again to get hindleg hits or do I need to do something else? It would be nice if he allways used four strides with good reach and separation… 😛
The good ones look really good, so just make sure to make big deal out of those! To avoid 3 strides, you can also bring a wrap closer for less speedy approach. Not sure why his separation at the end varies, but could be because of the throws -- maybe try adding a straight tunnel after, so he only anticipates a toy after a tunnel and maybe affects his striding less?
Thank you! I´ll try a tunnel after dw 🙂
I worked quite well with a tunnel after the dogwalk and throwing after the tunnel!
At least his striding were more consistent 🙂
I hope the reach and separation will be better when he gets used to this height (it usually gets worse every time I rise the dogwalk and then gets better and better).
Thank you again, Silvia! 🙂
I need your guidance here. We had been working on exits this summer but now (for several sessions) his separation is gone! I’ve gone back to only straight exits and while he’s still hitting he still has very little separation. Last session I decided to go back to a static toy which is what he did really well with and by the end the separation was back. Shall I stay with a static toy for now to remind him of what we want or what would you recommend? Thanks for your help here.
Yes, definitely use whatever gives you a separation back and once he is back to normal, add various exits more gradually ie. still mostly go straight and only throw in occasional harder exit.
We start training RC in trials one month ago. It has been so interesting to run courses different way now. We have one total miss in AF an few high hits in both AF and DW, but ofcourse also very good hits too. Big thanks to you, with you help I think I found that missing part 🙂 And here you can see how Esteri is doing in trials.
Wow! So cool! Really great for 1st month -- and it can only get better 🙂 Esteri looks great and I’m happy to see your foot is all healed too!
And by the way good luck to Luxemburg, I will cheer you there!
Thanks! You have to come to say hi!
I will try to find you there 🙂
We need your help again. Movement and separation are nice. But she still fails the contact zone or makes it very high. I tried advanced exits, but something new is new for her only for a minute. it looks for me like she tries to hit the same place, unfortunately wrong. It appears more comfortable for her.
May be I should go back a few steps, but I dont know how far.
I didn’t make turns after DW at all, because I wanted to start do it in your december class.Is It possible that this exercises helps her understand value of the zoone?
I am confused.
Yeah, she insists on 4 strides despite advanced exits… She even tries 3 strides once 🙂 Another thing you could try is carpet extension, covering extra 50cm of the ground to make a DW look longer and promote deeper hits… Gtcg to help her see contact is important would help too. And yes, turns could help as well.
I wonder about taking a break and wait for your help in december. Is it make a sense
What do you think about lowering the dw?
Yes, lower DW could help as well as low hits are more comfortable there. We can probably give up on 5 strides anyway…
Lowering the dw seems to be good idea. Maybe it was a problem with balance on the end. I will stay on this high, work on different enters and exits and add height very, very, very slowly. Is it good idea?
She is doing 4 strides now -- hopefully she can hit with 4 also on full height… What length is this DW?
length is 3,65 m one part
height is 105 cm
Can you train on some 3,8 DWs as well to make sure she can hit on those with 4 strides as well?
I will check my old DW -- may be it is longer, or I can make the overlay extension.
But usually there are 3.65 DW’s, aren’t they? Do you suggests that we should train on longer DW when it is lower and Shorter when it is Higher?
In Slovenia, we still see lots of 4m DW, so I train exclusively on my 4m DW -- despite I have a new one from Smart -- but it’s just 3.6 and then they start to do one stride less and end somewhat high in trials… So if you still get longer ones, then longer would be better. If not, then just train on 3.65.
My old DW is 4 m long
3 first times are on lower DW,
All next on full height. I just wanted check what she will do. She did exactly the same what on the shorter DW
Another question… 😛
Do you think it will be a problem later if a big, fast dog manages to hit the contact with three paws? I don´t know what to do to increase his reach or if it´s nessecary? Sometimes he misses because of too short reach (like the first try) and sometimes he hits with three paws.
It’s of course no problem when he hits with 3 paws! 🙂 The only problem is that covering less ground makes misses more likely to happen. But if he is mostly hitting, then I wouldn’t worry about it. Extension carpet can help improve reach and separation, but as long as you get good % of hits, you don’t really need it.
Ok, thanks! 😀
Just want to share this, no question 🙂
I tried an extension carpet today. I got a little more reach in some tries BUT I got 100% hits!! Thank you Silvia!