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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Training Contacts for Agility
ArtistInNature & I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO sorry you are having problems.
They sound like the reason I'm not going to ever do the running thing, consistancy and training will be just too hard for me to keep straight!
The only reason I would NOT do a 2on/2off is cause of the reason people give that it's alot of pressure on the dogs front end to stop at the bottom. But the way I get around that is I do the vast amount of training with the contacts lowered (specially the aframe) when my dogs learn the position. And then I only do full height at trials and class, so it's really very few times in total at full height.
And if we have problems I go back to training with the lowered contacts, and sometime just taking the dog up and onto the end (NOT over the entire peice of equipment). Then may backchain a bit.
Good luck for whatever ends up working well for you all. I know it's still the 2on/2off with a quick release if I need the time, and if we have NQ'ed it's great cause I couldn't care less about the time and not only make her stick them, but throw in some extra front crosses just cause I can!
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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