Carriage Dogs and Straighter Lines

amywink February 18th, 2013

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Lily is making swift progress in her work as my carriage dog and this weekend, we had a good drive together again while I worked on straight lines with Blessing. She has decided that lying across or under my feet is really most comfortable and she is now sleeping during most of the drive with little issue.

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She is now waiting quietly tethered to the carriage while I harness (not while I hook–we are safe). Look how nicely she waits here!

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For a 10 month old dog, she’s doing miraculously well with all of her training and duties.

Her reward (aside from being with me, which is her Life’s Dream) is a happy romp with Cookie, who now is very eager for our visits.
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Lily’s improved carriage ethic has made working on driving more possible and this Sunday I was very pleased with our work on straight lines. Though I could see my tracks in the dry soil of the arena, I couldn’t tell how well we’d done until I looked at my GPS tracks. Granted, the GPS unit is not on Blessing’s bridle but the carriage went straight! and these lines are greatly improved from our last attempt at straight lines

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I can tell that we have a little terrain issue on some of our lines because we keep having a wobble at the same place…a place where there’s a noticeable dip in the terrain. We’ll work on that as well but so far, I ‘m quite pleased with this progress. We only have a short drive, just 30 minutes, but even short workouts can be productive. I also worked on myself more, fixing my eyes on a focus point at the end of my line and keeping my hands quiet when Blessing moved correctly into line. I am still working on my hands and keeping the light contact that works for her.

One Response to “Carriage Dogs and Straighter Lines”

  1. Stevenon 18 Feb 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I love Lily/Cookie photos. I could look at them all day. And Lily looking out from the carriage is wonderful, too. She’s such a good girl. And the way that she looks at YOU! Pona and Kate aren’t so much for loving gazes.

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