This morning, I set up the Whatcom jumpers course posted October 23rd and ran it with Dusty. When David ran Dusty on a Regular course a week ago, he encountered the same problem that I had with Dusty this morning--Dusty failed to heed a front cross and turn off a straight line. After viewing the footage from last Sunday in slow motion, I came to the conclusion that Dusty was clearly not heeding a timely front cross. When I analyzed today's footage, I found the same thing to be true.
Below are four series of frames from today. In the first series, I gave timely signals, but no verbal command, and Dusty takes the off-course jump.
|Front cross pre-cue given.|
|Handler rotation begun.|
|Handler rotated 180 degrees.|
In the second series, I issued a "come" command, but Dusty lands and then turns, adding a couple of strides to his path.
In this third series, Dusty is coming around a circle of jumps, but despite the really early pre-cue and "come", he fails to start turning until after he lands.
The last two photos are from our effort to do this course from the 15-point bonus line. Either Dusty has become pattern-trained, or the use of "wrap" instead of "come" combined with my lateral distance has resulted in what I would have like to have seen in our other efforts. Dusty is already turning as he comes over the jump. Notice how he has shaved a couple of yards off his path to the next jump.
Here is the video:
Luckily, there are a couple of sequences I can set up using this course to work with Dusty on his ability to read a front cross when there is layering involved. But another thing to keep in mind is that "wrap" may be more effective in getting him to turn off a straight line than "come."