Sitz in Motion transition to Platz in Motion
This came up at our club a few weeks back and I didn't really have any opinion on it until now, and wondered how others felt.
We normally train the transition from sitz to platz in motion by returning to the start of the pattern, putting the dog in basic position an performing the platz in motion from the same start point as sitz in motion. However apparently the platz exercise can be started from the sitz position of the sitz exercise, without returning to the initial starting point, by continuing onwards and heeling the dog for 10-15 paces to the platz position, then handler moves on 30 paces to the recall position.
My original take was that I would continue to do the original method, returning to starting position, but the more I think about it, doing the continuing method makes a lot of sense..
a) you eliminate 2 about turns, and 10-15 paces of heeling and one sit
b) you shorten the trial by possibly a few minutes
c) if you walk accurately you will still end up at 50 paces from original starting point, if you over walk then you will end up past the 50 pace point for the recall. You could overwalk the distance by up to 10 paces (max 15 out for sitz, max 15 out for recall plus the 30 for recall)
a,b don't really make that much difference in my opinion, but I like the opportunity to have the dog used to doing the recall further down the track as (for me) when doing the send out, my dog will start to slow down when she gets near the recall position. So if the recall position is at 60 paces, she will be at full speed at the down position of the send out 40-45 paces.
Has anyone considered/came up any downsides of doing the platz exercise as a continuation of the sitz?
Last edited by pfitzpa1; 04-15-2013 at 12:04 PM.