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Go On Proofing

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  • Nancy T says:

    Hello. Here is Wesley – again – I hope! Thank u

  • Nancy T says:

    Hello Again. This is Blue. I included the fails. She looks at me a lot as you can see. I also am an arm finger. I try to keep that down but without much luck! Thank you

      • Nancy T says:

        Thank you for your comments. I will do my best to just use “go” for the straight line and will continue to practice that skill beginning with the lure at the end then fade to a toy toss. I will use “tunnel” for obvious entrance – I usually do a threadle to non obvious entrance – I’m pretty sure I say “ here” on my threadles. Should I have a verbal on the rear crosses? I always feel like they need an extra something in order to move ahead of me. Unfortunately “go” is what I say. Of course not anymore!

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          Good! I’m glad you already have a tunnel threadle verbal. So for this drill it would be “tunnel” for the far end on the map and “here” for the new end.

          While some people have a verbal for a RC, I do not and I don’t think it is necessary for 99% of people. With proper motion you are fine. But *if* you wanted to add one, that is okay. Most use “switch” or “turn”. You definitely won’t want to use “go”.

  • Nancy T says:

    Hi Jennifer. This is Wesley. The first 2 segments are him driving (or attempting) the straight line. He gets distracted by videographer on the first try. Both attempts there was a box out after the last jump. I did this with him bc he hasn’t been too interested in the game and has had time off. I wanted to make it easier to start.

  • Claire says:

    Well this looked a lot easier on paper than it turned out to be! You got us on this one.
    Andy turned into the tunnel twice so I set a target to encourage him to go forward and ran the straight line once without the target.
    Then I had him take the tunnel to help test his understanding for different cues
    As you can see, on the last run Andy started to curl into me and I was able to redirect him over the jump.
    That jogged my memory that this exact scenario happens on course
    If I practice this drill now and then, is that the best way to build understanding of the ‘go, go, go’ cue I use?
    Thank you.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      I think teach a “go on” can be very thought. It is something I have have only done with my more recent dogs. A few notes about your attempt: 1) make sure you start saying “go, go, go” before you actually fall behind. On the. Second rep he was already curling towards you before you started saying it. And if it means is run straight, you can start using it as soon as you begin the line. Try to just use “go, go, go” without the “ jump” at the end. 2) you should’ve need his name on the rear cross. Both times I felt he was going to go straight if you had not said “A”. 3) if you anticipate this to be a problem for future drills not that you have identified this little hole, be proactive with your marker. In the beginning, I almost always have something out there. Surprise had her very first “go on” session recently. Session 1: https://youtu.be/z-JiQUZz6V4. Session 2: https://youtu.be/g1bwcfeeKfo.

      You asked if this drill is the best way to work/maintain this? This drill is more of a proofing drill. I might suggest going back to some of the initial training and then come back and revisit this. Or do this without the potential off course obstacles on the side. Ohh, and make sure to do both sides. I believe you only did dog on left.

      • Claire says:

        Thanks, Jennifer.
        You are 100% correct on that rear cross. I did not include the video but the first attempt I said nothing and he went straight on. After saying ‘A’ he turned into the rear cross.
        Oh my, lots to work on here. I will work on this again taking away the off course obstacles and then trying the rear cross with a target

        Thanks the the two videos working with Surprise

        Is this something I can do with CharLee?
        He will be 6 months in a few days.
        I will probably ask that question a lot with your different drills. Obviously, no weaves, jumps or contacts yet but is it ok to do some drills adding in the wings and a bar on the ground, like you did with surprise?
        And with Andy too? He will drive to a target.

        I love homework! Thanks.

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          I’d probably wait a bit with CharLee. I want to see him physically mature a bit more so he is running/driving a bit harder. He still seems like an uncoordinated puppy when I see him run ;). I’d like to see him do some partner drills which I’ll post later this week. I’d say around 8 months you can certainly set two wings up and a jump bump/pool noodle and start this. I’d focus on drive and verbals as this stage. And yes, Andy can absolutely be doing this and it doesn’t need to be a full height jump.

  • sandrahaigler says:


    I’m just picking and choosing what I think will be helpful for us! Focus is on Edge (very young dog). He still needs short sessions, loads of drive building. He becomes thoughtful. When I am successful with having him mentally in the game he tends to jump in extension, send very well and has a huge stride. It is easier and easier to have him mentally ready as long as I keep his turns short and info clear.

    The big challenge for me here is to time it so I’m running hard but not getting so far ahead that the verbal “go” is meaningless. And not lying to him by intentionally slowing down and saying “go” without me. I need him to respond to my decel.

    First question is spacing. These jumps are about 18’ apart so part of the time he will bounce 2-3. Should spacing be longer?

    On # 2.0 I didn’t push his line until he had landed from jump #2 and that proved to be too late with too much forward motion…….I think?
    #2.1 I felt like I did more of a decel RC but it worked. Comments?

    4.0 and 4.1. I was aiming to do a RC on the flat but there wasn’t enough room! RC at jump 3 gave nice turn. Comment?

    5.1. I started with tunnel less in the picture cause I didn’t know how hard this would be for him. Now tunnel is pretty close. My timing sucked at first but then by serious decel and on time he read it. Comment?

    Thanks for this. I really geek out on it🤓🧐🤓

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Regarding the “go on”, if you want to work on that specific skill/verbal I wouldn’t even do a send around a wing. I would hold him and build up some opposition reflex and then race him down he line. I would even consider throwing your bumper to the end of the line, release and take off running. Here is a demo of the very early stages at just one jump. https://youtu.be/z-JiQUZz6V4. Of course you absolutely are right about motion that we do not want him to learn to ignore it so try to naturally be behind vs deceleration.

      Spacing – I never want to encourage bounce jumping so if that is what he is doing, make the distance bigger.

      Rear Cross – I would say that on 2.0 you were just late with the lateral motion. If he is only taking 1 stride between jumps then he is only making contact with the ground twice. That gives you a very small window. Adding more deceleration is also very appropriate. This wasn’t a drill on FMRCs.

      RC on the flat – It doesn’t really make sense to do a RC on the flat in this case unless for training purposes. You would in fact want to get ahead when doing the RC on the flat. On 4.0, the RC wasn’t bad. Just move the last jump so it is on his line. On 4.1 I would use more outside arm to turn your shoulders towards him and away from the off course jump.

      5.1 – Yes, I agree you were late.
      5.2 – Very nice!

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