Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Pattern training is boring. It is boring to us, it is boring to the dog. There are certain things I do in a pattern. I tend to do the in motions in order and the send out always comes after retrieves. I might go out and work heeling which can vary from a basic pattern to a lot of fast or fast to slow or a bunch of about turns or a lot of circles. I do usually try to take advantage of the group when training with the club. I usually will do a very short amount of heeling before doing the in motions even if my only goal that day is to work on the in motions. Once the dog understands the rules I usually do the recall from the down, but it is very rare from the stand. How I break things up also depends a lot on the age of the dog and their level of training. Older titled dog works small pieces less often than a young dog, but still not the whole routine.
I look at obedience as front half and back half. Front half is the heeling and in motions. Back half is the retrieves and send out. I work the down most of the time when with the club. So some days I do front half work and other days I do back half. As said above, that work doesn't mean the pattern every time I work obedience. I very rarely put the two halves together except on trial day.
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