Workout Wednesday – Target practice
Getting back into club has been fun after a long break for both Jaxon & I. I’ve found that it’s given us some time to settle down our training, and approach it from a different attitude.
I’m also loving the One Mind method, and how much smoother this is in the run. Jaxon has been learning the new moves with me for a few months now, and I can see that is starting to pay off.
While rain didn’t help his distraction cause on the weekend, we did have a lot of fun doing some foundation work on obstacle focus.
So this week, we’ve been working on target practice at a distance. Using the 5 mins around dinner and breakfast that we usually do, we’ve been building on Jaxon clearing not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR – yes FOUR obstacles to get to his target apparatus. It’s been fun, and this is how we’ve been doing it.
The obstacle I first started with was the table, as that’s what we did at Club on the weekend.
I set up a table with a target on it, then in line with that 2 jumps, a tunnel. Working back from there another jump & weave poles. The whole layout was like a big U.
At first we started behind the first jump, and placed a treat on the target on the table.
The idea is to put a treat on the target (let your pup see it, but not eat it!)
Line them up behind the first jump, give a small gesture to table, say “table” or which ever word you choose for setting up distance work. I chose “table”.
Your pup should do the jump, then get the treat on the table. When they do get the jump & hop up on the table, don’t forget to connect the right behaviour by signalling “Yes!” and then they get the treat. Timing is everything here.
Once you’re 80% on getting this right, you can build back to another jump.
Have the treat on the target on the table. Line your pup up behind the second jump. Give the signal and words again.
This time your pup should jump both jumps, then hop up on the table. If (like Jaxon at first) your pup runs around the second jump, bring them back to the first one, and do it a couple of more times before moving back to the layer of the second jump.
As you progress, you will add an obstacle moving backwards.
Today we reached obstacle number 4 – the jump before the tunnel!
If you approach it a little bit each day, your pup will learn with confidence, and easily enough to build confidently step after step.
THEN comes the challenge of mixing up the obstacles & trying it again. Also try different locations to really build in the idea of distance work and obstacle targeting.
Happy target practice!