Nice! I like following your journey with Anna. This may be nitpicking, but this is what I see...and only because I get nitpicked by my TD for some of the same stuff lol.
You lose the dog on your first step, can be remedied by doing some focus work and rewarding unexpectedly on the first step...then the third...then the second...then the first, then the fifth..etc. Create the expectation for the reward.
You also get a head drop every tenth or so step. I would add a lot more rewards into your healing. You've got some forging, I'd do some pivot work and make BIG circles to the left in healing. I have a video of me doing some of this (pivot work). I put the leash behind my legs and kind of steer the dog with the leash to teach the mechanics of pivoting. I am still doing a LOT of this to teach my dog rear-end-awareness. I also reward from my left and just drop the ball/tug out of my armpit or pull it out of my back pocket with my left hand and back up so the dog has to jump back to get the reward.
You use a lot of body language and signals to lure/help the dog into position, turning, motioning, hand luring (especially start/finish). I would work on phasing that out. Once my dog knows the mechanics, I correct into position for noncompliance. Reward for compliance and during the attempt(touch, voice, etc...) and big rewards for the perfect picture (break for the toy).
Do you have to use a tennis ball for reward? Can you use a tug/ball on a string? Anything that keeps the dog interacting and playing with you instead of running away? I personally like the constant interaction during play, but that may be a personal preference. I find that it seems to keep the dog even more engaged with me during healing, everything is about me. Reward is fighting/playing with me. I think it also bleeds over into the dumb bell. You don't want the dog dropping the dumbell every time it comes in because that's what it learned to do with the ball.
So, although I seem to be really nitpicking...it's only because I heard a lot of the same stuff and our dogs are the exact same age (I think mine is a month younger than yours). I focused way more on play/fun for the last several minutes with mostly a TON of focus and foundation play work. Focus under LOTS of distraction, pivot work, dumb bell work, and send out work. I didn't do a lot of heeling obedience, but that is changing a lot right about now. Healing is getting more serious lol. My TD sets the bar pretty high for obedience and we don't move on in healing (longer distance healing) until the picture is perfect right from the get go lol. It's a pain, but I'm also learning a LOT and having to work a lot with my dog. So, I'm new to this (about 20 months into IPO, ~12 months with my current dog)...this is just all my personal/humble opinion, and there are obviously a million and a half ways to train obedience IPO. :-) Cheers!
Last edited by DaniFani; 08-14-2014 at 01:26 AM.