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As always, you two are poetry in motion ! Really appreciate hearing the analysis of before & after
I am curious if after the event, and once home with some rest, if Jennifer could address why she releases Swift every time after an arm flash. Is the arm flash so that he has a consistent experience between training and showing? Maybe you flash arms in training to proof. No arm flash and he realizes “this is different — maybe I don’t have to stay”. Just interesting. Thanks.—-Valerie
Haha 😉 I have been waiting for several years for someone to ask this question. If you watch my runs from big events you will notice that the motion with my arms happens EVERY TIME!! It had become a “thing” for me and people often laugh about it.
To answer your question, you are correct that is has to do with my gap in training with the startline stay and transition from training to trialing. When I taught a startline stay I did lots of proofing. I would run, jump, talk, etc. He learned that none of these behaviors were his release and that he is only to move on “break”. Then when I started to showing him I would walk out very calm and motionless and he quickly learned this is what I did when “it mattered.” My quick solution was to do all the crazy things at a trial that I would do in training. This mostly solved the problem.
Our startline is a work in progress but I know if I act crazy he will not break the first jump. He does stand up but will always go back down before I release and I have allowed this. So maybe next year we can be calm and I will look like a normal person leading out 😉
This is the best example I’ve ever seen to “trial as you train”. Well done!
I will try to this strategy with my wild child. Holds in practice but he’s starting to get on to me that the show is different.
Awesome run Jenn. You did all you could and more. Love your analysis too,
I was THRILLED with the run. As you said, I did all I could do!