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For the agile Corgi--whether it's to rein in that rambunctious energy, hone in that intelligence, or just to have something to do--it's AGILITY!

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Comment by Bax & Zigs & Rosie on November 21, 2014 at 5:22pm

That is interesting. The grids we work on have one jump far off the others and then three jumps close together for collection. It's amazing how far back they can take off and still clear jumps! Always amazes me! How old is Gordon?

Comment by Cheri on November 21, 2014 at 5:08pm

We practice collection. Extension he's got down. Look at this one, and he kept this bar up. Extension is his forte! But frankly, because of the way he learns, jump grids and jump bumps do no good with him. When you change the picture, you change the rules in his world. The only way a jump bump is going to make a difference with his take off is if they're out the course at a trail. That's just how he is. So I manage the issue with my location and cue timing.

Comment by Bax & Zigs & Rosie on November 21, 2014 at 4:55pm

Yup. You would need a couple of jumps and work some jump grids to practice extension and collection if ETS is the problem.

Comment by Cheri on November 21, 2014 at 4:48pm

That exercise is beneficial if the reason the bars are coming down is because of the dog not picking up their feet. If the problem is something else, it may not help. Gordon knocks the bar down because he doesn't have a good sense of where his take off point is and when he gets rushed, he takes off too early to make it completely over the bar. One jump exercises won't solve ETS.

Comment by Bax & Zigs & Rosie on November 21, 2014 at 4:14pm

I agree. Baxter is over 12" tall and is pretty short-bodied. I have no problem with him jumping 12" in AKC. However, Ziggy is right in between 11" and 12" and is very long. He jumps 8" preferred in AKC. It just isn't fair to make them jump so high for competitions. I want him to have a long career and I think keeping him low will help out in the long run.

A friend told me about a great exercise to do with your dog and I think it really helped Ziggy keep the bars up. Start with the bar low, 4". Stand facing the side of the jump, with your dog facing you and parallel to the jump bar. Kneel down and put one hand on each side of the jump with treats in both hands. Have your dog hop over the bar and treat him from the hand on the landing side, without moving your hand up to meet his face. He should be hopping over the bar with his head down toward your hand. Keep doing this until he is keeping the bar up and you can move the bar up to his full jump height. This exercise worked great for Ziggy's bar knocking. I think it really helps them learn to pick up their feet!

Comment by Judith Andre on November 20, 2014 at 6:52pm

Murray falls in between too.  I run him Preferred in AKC.  He's a bar dropper though even at 8".... even though he can stand right next to a 16" jump and hop over it (I don't encourage this).  I'm not sure it's a good thing for a dog with a Corgi build to jump higher than he is....at least in the long term.

Comment by Marcie on November 20, 2014 at 6:11pm
What height are you jumping your Corgis at? Becca jumps at 8in in CPE. I'm comfortable with that. However she measures more than 11 inches, less than 12, so she would be at 12in for AKC. She can jump that high, but I'm not sure I like the long term implications.
Comment by Becky Focht on April 23, 2014 at 8:35am

Carolyn sounds like you've got it handled.  So glad things are working out.

Comment by carolyn matassa on April 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

Update :o) & thanks for all the TIPS :o)

We had agility last night, I talked about this with the trainer first, and we agreed that I should give Sonny one chance if he stops and "blows me off".  We did the whole course FIRST on leash so he knew exactly what to do. Then we went off leash....he did a few jumps, and stopped and looked around like "hey, I'm off my leash...let's play the mom has to catch me game."  I turned my back to him, folded my arms and waited.  They tell me he just stood there, kind of looked around, and came right up behind me.  I gave him crazy praise, which he really likes (no treat).  We did HALF the course, stopped for crazy praise & then finished.  Crazy praise & treats at the end, and he really looked like he was having fun getting to run the course off leash....he's much faster off leash than on.  I'm learning that I need to know BEFORE I begin, how I'm going to handle behaviors I want to change with my dog.....this is the first dog I've trained beyond CGC.

Comment by Cheri on April 17, 2014 at 11:50am

Yes, you don't have to do an old fashioned "correction". All there needs to be is undesireable consequences. In this case not getting to play a really rewarding game is the undesireable consequence of not following the rules. Usually that's enough for them to realize that following the rules results in them getting to play the fun game with Mom. 

Good luck!

 

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