Archive for August 12th, 2012

Perfect Drive

amywink August 12th, 2012

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This is the GPS track of a perfect drive. Not in the sense that every move is exactly correct, but in the sense that the entire drive went fabulously well. Though we had to work on getting our diagonals straight, we worked on getting our lines straight. Blessing responded to everything I asked her to do. While she started out not yielding to the right side, when I asked her to pay attention, she did and yielded to the right. While she didn’t appreciate my insistence that she move over ever so slightly to move straight (with a commentary flick of her tail), she moved over to go straight. Though we made a few circles a bit wide, we made a few circles with only a bit wide. Everything was smooth and relaxed and even, calm and peaceful. She responded to my hands and I remained relaxed. I didn’t lose contact, or let my reins get overlong, or forget Francine’s directions. Blessing was a good mare, suddenly mature and confident in her work, but not bossy or fussy. Such a perfect drive.

Here are the progressions of our diagonals.

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Then a diagonal and a straight line with a half circle to C and straight down the center line:

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Then some circles, in both directions:
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Lily Goes to School

amywink August 12th, 2012

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Lily’s education continued this week with a trip to my college class Tuesday evening and a trip to Puppy Kindergarten on Thursday.

She was excellent at her College visit–greeting every student enthusiastically and also sitting relatively quietly while I spoke to the class about the ending of the summer session.img_0991.jpgimg_0990.jpg
I was quite pleased with her behavior and she was thrilled to go with me instead of head into her crate, as usual. Her resigned face lit up when I got the leash instead of saying “crate” and she sat perfectly when we got ready. And I think you can see the excitement on her face as we got set to drive out of our driveway.
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She was a bit more apprehensive at the start of Puppy K. than she was at meeting my students since there were big dogs barking out of sight in the strange building we headed into.

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Once she saw the people and the other dogs, she was ecstatic. She enjoyed the free play a great deal and she did fairly well at everything I asked her to do. HOWEVER, she did come away with the new title: “quite the puller”. And yes, she is. For everything else I have asked her to do, she seems determined not to learn to stop pulling at the end of the leash. So we will have something to work on for the next 6 weeks and I hope she is able to “get it” or that we may at least work out a decent compromise.