Sunday, March 29, 2009

Learning a new game!

After watching Honey the Great Dane's video, 'learning to weave,' we decided to give it a try at the club today. Now, we're not planning to do canine freestyle, but I thought it might be fun to try to get Jackson to go through my legs. I see trainers with smaller dogs doing this all the time to get their dogs to come in fast on the recalls, but I could never visualize Jackson running through my legs! Actually, I visualized myself flat on my back if I ever tried that : ) But, now that I've seen a Great Dane doing it, I'm thinking this would be fun to try and it might keep him coming in faster on the recalls. Even now when he is trotting in, he tends to slow down as he gets close to me. Maybe this will keep his speed up.

So, we started with Step 1 today - getting him comfortable putting his head between my legs. That's as far as we got today, as you can see in the video - this may be a slow process : )
Step 2 is throwing the treat further back so he walks through my legs to get it. I'll keep you posted on how that one goes.


The PR Gang said...

Haha! We do this too. Both Roxy and Lilly will go through but I sure have to get on my tip toes sometimes! Roxy is better at scrunching down and getting faster. It's fun to practice new things and keeps all of us having fun, which really is what it's all about.
Jackson will have the weave down in no time I'm sure.

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

Honey is a grreat dog to try to imitate! Good luck, Jackson!

Gus and Waldo

Honey the Great Dane said...

Ooh - how cool, Jackson! I'm sure you'll learn it in no time! I'm still practising it myself - sometimes I get a bit mixed up and my human is awfully short so it's hard to get under her legs. But it's all good fun! :-)

You look like you're doing real good in the video - please show us some more!

Honey the Great Dane