Belle and I have been working on the running DW at full height for a couple of weeks and she still isn't getting it. Tuesday, I finally decided to add a PVC box to the contact zone*, and it seems to be making a difference. The big question is once Belle is doing the DW in 6 hits (five strides) again, will the behavior hold up when I fade the box?
*Note: Silvia Trkman does not advocate using a box. However, I began shaping 2o2o with Belle when she was three months old (she's 7 now), and when there are several reps in a row with no reward, she begins to slow down. At it's worst, she will actually stop and offer 2o2o. Since Belle is familiar with a PVC box from my efforts last year to teach her a running A-frame using Rachel Sander's method, I figured I really had nothing to lose. Certainly, when it comes time to train my next dog, I will train running contacts first before even thinking about training 2o2o.