This is Lil’s second day running on her new “magic carpet.” It is different from a typical magic carpet in that the “magic” of this carpet is that it encourages Lil to run more and fly less! ps–Silvia recommended I switch from a board to a carpet to get rid of the bounce Lil was taking onto the board sometimes. This detail is important to me because Lil currently leaps onto the A-Frame sometimes and hits it harder than she would if she just strides onto it.
The carpet seems to be working beautifully! I am also finding it easier to see what Lil is doing on a 12′ carpet vs. an 8′ board. It’s also easier to “see” when I focus on just one aspect of Lil’ performance: running vs. bouncing.
I am surprised that Lil only takes 3 strides across a 12′ carpet. I would have expected 4 strides but I’ve seen several Australian Terrier do lure coursing and they all seem to run this way when running full-out.
My questions to Silvia were: Do you think I am “calling” the leaps accurately? After watching the playback, I wonder if some of the reps that I called “perfect” had slightly elongated strides on or off the carpet. Or is it OK when Lil takes a longer stride on or off the carpet? And when should I be throwing the ball? I sometimes threw it after she was already running and sometimes before…
Not so easy to decide with this style of running yes… But I pretty much agree with your comments, just that last one doesn’t look all that good to me. My favorite try was 1:34. Ideally, she runs with equal strides the whole time. You need to throw a toy early enough that she sees it well in front when nearing the carpet.