New NOTE ABOUT HANDLING added to HGR Description, in response to a new student’s statement: “I suppose I would like her to have the confidence jumping regardless of what I am doing.”
9) Handling can play a significant role in how dogs jump. In Modules 3 and 4, the games transition into typical sequences found on courses so participants are able to see first hand how various handling choices affect their dog’s ability to run fast and jump with ease.
NOTE ABOUT HANDLING: If you watch 2 dogs chasing each other while playing, you can see how strong the language of motion is to dogs, how well they read pre-cues for turns by each other, and how they will even use pre-cues to fake each other out (like RFPs/ false turns.) So while we can try to train and proof dogs to ignore our motion, when it comes to jumping, some dogs will do just fine with it but other dogs will feel a bit confused and their confidence about jumping will drop as their focus shifts primarily to watching the handler to try to figure out when to ignore her motion/ physical cues and when not to. This can lead to dropped bars, which can further erode confidence… and can lead to a “jumping issue.”