Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Nice! If you intend to do flyball later on, especially for your bigger dog I would consider raising it up and using a prop. The dog needs to understand to launch on and off, otherwise they will slide straight in which can be really damaging for a larger dog. But for the first session I think what you did was good, getting them used to the board and turning tight. Another thing that I like to see big dogs do is make the turn onto the board and not off of the board. What I mean is, a dog Nikon's size or bigger cannot possibly make a tight enough turn in the width of a flyball lane, he's going to have to move over and curve onto the box one way or the other, so I use props to force my dog over to the left (my left if I'm facing the box) so that he has room to complete the turn onto the box, and then I setup a prop on the right side of the box (my right as I'm facing the box) so that he's forced to come off the box straight down the lane. Does that make sense? If a large dog comes off the box too wide, he might miss the first jump or have to slow down and collect a big going into the first jump. I'd rather have the dog learn to naturally move over to the left side of the lane as he's heading into the box so that he can complete the turn and come straight off the box, then head straight into the box and have to turn coming off the box. Just something to think about when you are standing at the board and having the dog go around the leg. If you need to "push" him one way or the other with your body, if you are facing the board you want to be slightly more to your left than your right.