Shammie finished her CD in Chattanooga this past weekend - with a first place score of 197!! We were the first class of the day and that was the high score until the last class turned in a 198 1/2. I had toyed with the idea of moving up to Open on Sunday if we finished the title on Saturday, but those few hours of possibly being HIT spoiled me to want to not just go for the title, but go for scores too. ;-) So we stayed in novice on Sun. and took a lagniappe first with a 196 (I stepped into her twice on the figure 8 halts!).
So we're going to take our time and work on hitting consistent fronts and finishes before we trial in Open. Meanwhile, we're going to take a stab at agility. Preferred, because Sham's ready in all aspects but one - she knocks bars. She just isn't a very good jumper. She is very fast, and *I* think she doesn't like to slow down to take an extra stride, so she jumps big long and flat. She seems to take off from a different distance every time.

I've been doing Suzanne Clothier's Natural Jumping Method with her and she has gotten a lot better, but in that method, Sham chooses to jump the two stride distance as bounces. Which I'm suspecting has actually further ingrained that long flat jump. I'm thinking the cavelletti-type jumps need to be a lot tighter to force her to rock back and then arc over?
Got any tips, ideas, exercises to improve jumping styles anyone?

Susan Fraser, owned and trained by
HR BeBop a Lu SheBop SH, HR Shamma Lamma Ding Dong CD MH (is that right? do obedience titles come before field titles?), and Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
Shammie finished her CD in Chattanooga this past weekend - with a first place score of 197!!

Woo-hoo! Nice score.
Meanwhile, we're going to take a stab at agility. Preferred, because Sham's ready in all aspects but one - she ... to force her to rock back and then arc over? Got any tips, ideas, exercises to improve jumping styles anyone?

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I was originally doing Clothier with my first dog, but changed to Chris Zink's method when I started jumping Patience. I like it - it's especially great for agility dogs as it reall teaches to adjust their stride lengths.
Susan Fraser, owned and trained by HR BeBop a Lu SheBop SH, HR Shamma Lamma Ding Dong CD MH (is that right? do obedience titles come before field titles?)

Yep - AKC titles go in the order that the sport was started. So in your case that would be obedience, tracking (in case you ever want to do it :-)), hunt test, agility.
Congrats again,
Dianne
http://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=DTA125 I was originally doing Clothier with my first dog, but changed to Chris Zink's method when I started jumping Patience. I like it - it's especially great for agility dogs as it reall teaches to adjust their stride lengths.

Yep. There are lots of things I like about Suzanne, but I prefer the Zink jumping method by far.
Got any tips, ideas, exercises to improve jumping styles anyone?

http://www.cleanrun.com/category.cfm?Category=213
The Special Jumping Issue (March 2003).

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Shammie finished her CD in Chattanooga this past weekend - with a first place score of 197!! We were the ... possibly being HIT spoiled me to want to not just go for the title, but go for scores too. ;-)

Way to go Sham & Team!
Terri

For that you need Twinkies and lunch meat. Eternity through preservatives.

Terry Von Gease
Congrats!!
Those are fabulous scores.

Melissa S. Frye
Skyrocket cockers www.mfrye.com/skyrocket/
She just isn't a very good jumper. She is very fast, and *I* think she doesn't like to slow down ... to force her to rock back and then arc over? Got any tips, ideas, exercises to improve jumping styles anyone?[/nq]Linda Mecklenberg has a wonderful jump chute just for this problem. You use three jumps. The jumps are spaced apart double the dog's full jump height. Say it's a 20 inch dog, three jumps only 40 inches apart. You start with the bars two jump heights lower. So three jumps, 40 inches apart, 12 inch jump height. You stand just before jump #2 and your dog is only a few inches in front of the first jump. With the jumps so close together the dog is forced to round out his jumps and really pay attention.

If the dog knocks a bar no reward. There's not a lot of speed to this, especially in the beginning. You start to move the bars up when the dogs is using his rear to jump more than his front and work up to full height. When the dog is good at this at full height you start to move the dog further and further back from jump #1 (your position never changes though and you don't go to the end and recall the dog through). When he starts to pick up speed he has to think and learn to shortened up and take off at the proper point, otherwise he'll never make it all the way through properly.
Lauralyn
My agility dogs:
Cheyenne MXJ MX, AAD
Shylo MXJ MX, AAD
Lakota - the crazy BC!
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