I am LOVING what I’m seeing on the A-frame from both dogs. Stopping with four feet on (4-on) looks easy for them to do.
I can see that Jake knows his job and is preparing to stop the entire descent with no hesitation before reaching the bottom. The way he is performing 4-on looks much easier on his body than jumping off from high in the contact zone (his natural MO) and I think 4-on might even be lessening the force in which he hits the up ramp due to early anticipation of the stop at the bottom.
This morning’s session focused on distance. I wanted to test Jake and Lil’s understanding of WHERE to do 4-on. I really LOVE this style of 4-on for Jake because he has to plan ahead and reduce his momentum all the way down vs. with 2o2o, he would sometimes descend too fast and land hard into 2o2o which made me cringe years ago when I used to ask for a 2o2o.
Lil’s running A-frame has been fast and consistent for a few years now. The reason I decided to mess with it is because in NADAC, A-Frame ramps can be 8′ or 9′ long and Lil was not able to transition from one to the other without training a fair amount in-between, so after thinking about it on and off for the past 6 months, I decided to see if I could train a performance that would allow her to transition back and forth without any extra training in-between the two different A-frame ramp lengths.
I’m not sure what Lil’s end performance will look like on the A-Frame but I loved what I saw today. I find it amazing that she only started showing me she is able to stop 4-on a couple of days ago yet today she made it look easy. At this point, Lil often pops into a last minute and super soft 2020 when I’m ahead. Although I have never asked Lil to do a 2o2o on the A-Frame, she has been doing 2o2o since puppy hood on a variety of objects, so its not surprising that she is offering it on the A-Frame, especially because it requires less effort than stopping 4-on. But when I said WAIT, she was able to stop 4-on at the very bottom of the A-frame which impressed me. I guess this tells me she really doesn’t know what MARK means on the A-frame… yet.
Once I feel she is anticipating stopping with 4-on , I might early release her most of the time. Actually I might early release Jake sometimes too. But these will be future decisions. Right now I’m just enjoying seeing how quickly my dogs learned HOW to shift their weight back enough to be able to stop withe ease on a full-height A-frame…and the dog walk too.