Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Four on the Floor or keep trying for the good ol' 2020?

I originally taught the four on the floor contact to both my border collies. Mainly I did that with the Aframe because I wanted to figure out a way to be easier on Breeze's body because of her hip dysplasia. Lizzie loved the four on the floor but figured out how to jump over both the up and the down I had to retrain the 2o2o, which proved way harder then I thought. So Breeze has been doing pretty good with the four on the floor on the Aframe but I would like to have a 2o2o on the dog walk so she is controlling her speed and being a little more careful on the dog walk after a few accidents she has had. Well, I started with a lot of working on a small plank, I shaped her being in a down position with her two front feet off, and if we hop on and off the board she loves the 2o2o, and I had thought it would be an easy retrain. I am finding every time I add in any excitement we are back to the four on the floor, so I am trying to decide just how much I want to fight this battle, do I just work on the four on the floor and be happy or do I keep going and insist on the 2o2o on the dog walk? I know I can eventually get a 2o2o, I think...but how much time is it worth?? I already know I am leaving the Aframe as is, she doesn't position herself forward even though she anticipates the jump and the reward appears that way, so I might try to work on that but otherwise I am pretty happy with the aframe.

1 comment:

Diana said...

So your four on the floor, she is suppose to turn toward you and lie down? I dont know, I was just wondering. If you want her to go straight, you might have to put up gates next to the bottom of the down ramp until she gets the idea of coming straight off the ramp. Its going to be hard to break if thats what she has been doing. I think I might stick with four on the floor but make her come off striaght. Maybe she is jumping to the spot to get into postion faster since she has to turn and lie down. Hmmm. Tough one. I know Im not much help. Sorry.Diana