Friday, January 6, 2012

More Wraps

Well, I put up a four-hoop box and tried some more wrap work with Belle and Dusty.  Then I re-tried yesterday's exercise.  Finally, I changed the position of one of the hoops so that I could work on running toward the hoop to be wrapped from both directions.  There were still mistakes made, and I'm rather at a loss to explain them.  For the most part, I thought my handling was pretty good.  So perhaps it's a training issue.  I came up with a slightly more elaborate set-up to continue working on wraps over the next few days.

In addition to wrapping, this set-up will allow us to work on pinwheels and off-set straight lines.


  1. I'm am not a good handler - so take this with a grain of salt, but I think they are responding to a weight shift to the back foot. I can't quite put my finger on it,but I think the wrong way wraps are mostly associated with a slight shift back. Your body seems to move more smoothly forward on the successful wraps. Probably not the issue, but that's what I see.

  2. Kathy: Good eye. I looked at the video in slow motion, and I could see that happening some of the time, but not every time. However, it occurred to me while watching additional video of Exercise #6, that part of the problem might lay in the fact that wrapping right is not a very good choice if I want Belle to remain on my left after the wrap. I only did it because I wanted to try wrapping in both directions. On the other hand, before I ran the exercise, I assumed the dog's natural inclination would have been to wrap right--which was so not the case.