Friday, May 4, 2012

Problems

Good news.  Both dogs weaved today.  Both got Jumpers legs.

Bad news.  Legend refused the A-frame (and then later took it as an off course!?!).  Lyric still didn't teeter or table.  So we bought a plank and put it over an exercise peanut to make a "scary" teeter.  I know, seems kind of mean but something had to be done.  I've done all I can do with my regular teeter.  I made it fall faster, fall slower, bang louder, bounce harder and move up and down while she's on it.  I probably could just take her around to other teeters but it would be so much nicer if I could get the same result using something at home (like I did with the chute problem-a box and a tarp if you haven't read that one).  One day might not be enough to correct it, and I may still have to seek out other teeters but it's a start.  Actually I'll probably be lucky if she goes anywhere near the teeter after tonight! As far as the table I can usually fix that if we train it enough and/or feed her on it.  It's more hit and miss but the teeter problem is pretty consistent. I hope I can get it fixed-she has so much potential if she will just do the obstacles.  What's odd is that she's never had a bad fall (any fall really) and she used to do teeters no problem.

To make ourselves feel better we all had ice cream on the way home.  It worked.

6 comments:

K-Koira said...

Because ice cream makes everything better. Hopefully you'll get the teeter thing figured out soon!

Diana said...

Does she ever confuse the teeter and the dogwalk? Does it just happen in runs where the teeter and the dogwalk are parrell and facing same direction? Do you think she confusing the two and thats causing the problem? Just a thought.

Nicki said...

I think she used to worry that the dogwalk was another teeter but not anymore. She always does the dogwalk, but almost never the teeter. Course doesn't seem to matter.

tervnmal said...

Ice cream therapy always works. Good luck tomorrow!

Kathy said...

I have had good luck with teeter problems in my class by doing something like a BAT protocol, I would have the dog go on the teeter right before they slow down or stop I take them off the side, a sort of reward and relief of pressure so they are not experiencing any stress and by being brave tehy do not worry they are going to get in over their head. There is an article in clean run, but gosh I am not sure when or who did it, so that is not much help, ....anyway, I had a few dogs just terrified that ended up being really pushy about wanting to do the teeter It tends to go pretty quick, they seem more and more willing to take a few more steps, then few more steps if they are sure they are going to be rewarded with relief from the pressure. Just a thought. I can try to find the article if you are interested....

Nicki said...

Thanks Kathy-good idea!