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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Teeter question - contacts
2on/2off is all I will ever teach. ESPECIALLY with our long strided big dogs (add 'drive' to one of these and it's even BETTER!) Just so easy for them to miss a contact with just their normal stride, and add some excitment of poor timing from me and it's all over.
Once it's taught properly, you can sometimes release so fast it almost seems like a running contact, so time isn't an issue. I do the vast majority of my training on low contacts or just on the bottom of the contact (not having the dog perform the entire piece of equipment over and over if all I'm practicing is the 'target'). So I don't feel I am asking too much stresswise on their bodies, as long as I keep them in good shape and a good weight.
And, frankly, I don't train enough (bad me) to really do well reliably on the other methods. They may work really well, but there is a whole way to train them that really has to be clear, consistant, and trained better than I know I can commit to with my 'real' life and 'real' job getting in the way.
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