On your Mark. Get set. Go.

Its been cold and snowy this past week so we’ve been playing indoors.  I have to say, while it is not my favorite look, wall to wall carpet is GREAT for indoor training, and so are long hallways…. for those of us with small dogs.    🙂

Today I sent the dogs over the jump between two Marks (Sharon Nelson’s ingenious use of feed buckets).  In the past I would have either thrown a ball as a reward or used a Manner’s Minder.  While I like using both of those rewards, the Mark seems to create a different level of energy.   My dogs were totally READY (fully engaged) but not too high to think clearly.    Sometimes I led out and other times I hung back and sent the dogs over the jump to the distant Mark.  We all had a lot of fun plus I feel that this game could build more value for Jumpers Courses, which seem to be Lil’s least favorite class.

(above) Jake

(above) Lil

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