Todays seminar was distance work. I get pretty good distance with Magic, but his criteria for contacts is gone. He leaped off every a frame from about a foot above the yellow. I don;t know what to do with him. We had a good running contact before- its gone completely. I dont want to do 2 on 2 off I think its too hard of an angle. Maybe I need to re-train a down on the ground, or a sit at the bottom. Thoughts anyone?
On the positive side, I can work almost 20 feet away and we can layer obstacles fairly well. The problem is that I didnt do enough foundation work. He was my first agility dog, and well, we did not get enough of the basics. Our classes were pretty much obstacles from the beginning. Which is probably OK for a dog that works beside you (like Grace) but not so good away. And I dont have enough understanding to be able to do it alone, so maybe if I can get Grace into the beginners class I can learn more and know what to teach better? At least that is my goal. So since I really wanted to earn Magics ARCH this year I think we will focus on that. (While I learn more hopefully) So now I am planning on the APDT here in February and hopefully I can afford the one in Des Moines too.
I kind of feel like I am giving up, but I don't want to make our issues worse either.