The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: Trial advice needed
For my BH and OB1, I was fortunate enough to be first on the field, long down second - but I trained for the possibility of us being first doing the long down.
I would drive to the club, my dog would be all excited at the promise of having some training fun and she gets all hyped up being around other dogs (rescue dog who had little early socializing). But as soon as she came out of the car, I would foos her across the parking lot, across the field, into the trial long-down spot, platz her and leave her for 20 minutes (oh course, by then I KNEW she could easily hold a platz for 20 min with me at a distance), but as many people do, we usually train OB first, THEN when the dog is tired, we do the long down - because we want our dogs to not break, and the chances of them breaking after they have been worked are less.
I was pretty confident she would hold her down if we drew the OB first, down second, but I wanted to work on her holding her down if we drew the long down first - so I trained for that.
By the way, I also made a specific point of going outside in pouring rain and getting her to do a long down - 20 minutes! I sat out there in my lawn chair, a magazine, and a golf umbrella and my watch, and timed it. When it started to REALLY pour, she sorta got up on her elbows and was looking at me with a "you gotta be kidding" expression - but a fresh DOWN command got her down again, and she held it until released. Turned out to have been very useful to have practiced this, because during our OB1, it was raining just a bit, but then started to hail just as we did the sit out of motion! And she held her sit! I turned around to look at her after my 30 paces, and she had her head down, looking like someone was beating on her, but she held position! I was pretty impressed.
And there was some hail in her long down too, and she held that also. Good luck, and hope that all goes well for you!
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015