a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Couldn't Leave It Alone

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Couldn't Leave It Alone

SUMMARY: Weaves and Aframe at Home

When I came home, my thought was to leave the Aframe and weaves alone for a couple of days to let any residual trauma subside.

But then, after a nap and some work at the computer, I just went out into the yard and thought, huh, let's see; after all, we've been doing fine in the yard. But I should be cautious. So I pulled the 12 weave poles together (we've been doing sets of 6 and occasionally 2 sets of 6 just dang beautifully for weeks) and sure enough she started skipping. So I took it down to 8 and got a couple of skips; put up a barricade where she skipped, she slowed down a bunch but got it and we celebrated like maniacs, then the next time she did all 8 much faster and we celebrated again and called it a day on the weaves. So apparently one really fast set of 6, or 2 sets of 6 close to each other, is NOT the same as the first 6 poles in one set of 12. (But in class it was always the 2nd or 3rd pole; here it was 6 or 7 or 8, which is less surprising from having divided poles. I dunno. But we'll build back up to 12 as we did when she first started doing independent weaves.)

I also gave in to temptation, put the Aframe back down as low as it'll go (about 5 feet) and did a wee tiny bit of backchaining starting a foot above the bottom and working about halfway up and she was fine. Quit that for today, too.

So much to do.

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