Lil currently has a solid 2o2o on the dog walk. She started running over a board when she was 12 months old for a running A-Frame.
My concern about training a running dog walk is that I cannot see if her legs are together or separated in “real time”. I have been standing directly behind or in front of Lil and I also can’t seem to see which hits are closer to the end either… it all seems to be happening too fast for my eyes and brain to grasp.
My question to Silvia: Its seems so clear in slo-mo, but how can I train myself to see the important details in “real time” so that I can jackpot Lil’s “better” performances?
ps– The board is 8′ long x 14″ wide.
To me, the easiest to see is when I’m a bit behind and a bit to the side. For now, you would be focusing on a form of running ie. is she extending well forward instead of going up in the air. Once I get all running and start focusing on the hits, I just stare at the contact area and wait for the paws to fall (or not fall ) into it. You can then show where you saw feet to a camera and then check if you were right, to check your decisions. It does get easier&easier, but it’s definitely harder with short little legs as with longer legs!
But if she has nice DW, you can keep 2o2o there and just focus on running AF. OR, you can play some with a plank and decide later if you can see it well enough and how she is doing and if you want to proceed or not.
Devorah Sperber on March 15, 2012 at 12:59
Thanks Silvia, I like the idea of playing around with the plank to see if I can learn to SEE whats happening and then confirming it by playing back the video.
ps– I have seen professional photographs (shot continuously like stop frame animation) of Australian Terriers doing lure coursing and they all tend to flip their rears up a bit when running at full speed…. I assume it must be a structural thing. I hadn’t realized that Lil did that until watching the video in slo-mo. The last time I ran her over a board was a long time ago and she was not running as fast or taking as long strides back then.
ps–I can’t believe how much faster Lil is doing EVERYTHING after just a few weeks of starting this class. I’m thrilled.. and so is Lil.. whose official AKC name happens to be “Just for a Thrill” How perfect is that?
TIP FROM ANOTHER STUDENT: …when you think you got a leap, wave to the camera! that way you’ll know what you were thinking in full speed once you get to the slo mo
ST FEEDBACK: Different breeds run differently, so I always recommend taping a dog when running full out on flat, studying it frame by frame and comparing to running over the board. And yes, some board running certainly can’t hurt her current performance on DW, so it’s no problem to play with it some – AND, it’s great for their overall speed too!
DEV: One more thing….What, if anything, should I be doing when Lil leaps ONTO the board? She does a similar thing sometimes on the A-Frame, which can’t be good for her body in the long term.
ST: I think you might be able to get rid of that if you started with a carpet, then go to a plank with a carpet on it etc. – to make it as “normal” and uneventful to run over something as possible. Ideally, they don’t even change their stride when getting on a plank – that’s why I promote carpet and very thin planks so much. Thick (or with some dogs even thin) planks often affect their stride some.