Rally, Week 4

Foundation

A lot of the foundation work is review from last week. However, it is very difficult to master and therefore additional practice is extremely helpful. Many of the exercises can take months to master.

Send-away to Foot Target
Try to work up to sending your dog to the foot target from 6′ away.

Position changes on Foot Target & at a distance
With your dog 2′-6′ away from you, ask for position changes such as Sit, Down, Stand, all in varying order. Most dogs will struggle more with the Stand. Have patience. Hand signals can help.

If your dog struggles with this on a foot target by creating towards you, try using a pedestal (a bed/hammock, lifted 2″ or more off the ground) if needed. You can also place a broom stick in front of them to help give you distance while they execute commands. Start close and master all commands before adding distance.

“Front” circles on Foot Target
With your dog facing you on the foot target, make a quarter turn around the foot target and tell your dog to “Front” (or alternative term). Your dog should pivot into the Front position. Lure your dog into the Front position if needed. Master one direction before working on the other.

Sendaway to Cone
It is best to use a Foot Target AND a Cone for this exercise. Place the cone up to 6′ in front of you and your dog, then place the foot target 1′ further away, behind the cone. Send your dog around the cone, to the Foot Target. This gives your dog the benefit of going out past the cone and spinning around to face you when they are by the cone.

This will play a larger role in future signs. It is a very hard command to master, so have patience and break it down into pieces for your dog.

Front command while throwing treat through legs, behind you.
This is a trick to help teach dogs to line up straight, in the front position, and to run to you with vigor. Occasionally when working the Front exercise, toss a treat behind you, between your legs (before they sit in Front position) to have them run through your legs. Dogs think in pictures. This will get them used to the repetition of “front” always meeting that they see you from straight-on. Be careful of your knees when practicing this exercise.

Demonstrations
Batman also how a prong collar can be a humane and useful tool for teaching body positioning, such as side stepping with handler and proper heel position. This was done by gently tapping on the leash while side stepping, as shown in class.

 

Signs


115. HALT – Stand –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must then stand in heel position. The handler may move forward with the dog to stand it. In the Intermediate and Advanced classes the handler may touch the dog to stand it. In the Excellent and Master classes the handler may not touch the dog to stand it. (Stationary)



105. HALT – Stand – Walk Around –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must then stand and stay while the handler walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The dog and handler then heel forward. The handler may move forward with the dog to stand it. In the Intermediate and Advanced classes the handler may touch the dog to stand it. In the Excellent and Master classes the handler may not touch the dog to stand it. (Stationary)



30. HALT – Walk Around –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. The dog must stay while the handler walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The handler must pause before heeling forward. (Stationary)



31. HALT – Down – Walk Around
– While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. The dog must then down and stay while the handler walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The dog and handler then heel forward. (Stationary)



103. Send over Jump – Handler Passes By – The dog must clear the jump on the first attempt, in the proper direction
without stopping, while the handler passes by without stopping.

*We practiced with the bar jump, broad jump, and high jump!



101. HALT – About Turn Right – Forward –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog and handler turn 180° to the right and heel forward. (Stationary)



102. HALT – About “U” Turn – Forward –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog and handler turn 180° to the right and heel forward. (Stationary)



109. HALT – Side Step Right – HALT
– While heeling, the handler halts in front of the sign and the dog sits. The dog and handler move one step directly to the right together. The handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. This sign will be placed directly in line of the team’s path requiring the dog and handler to sidestep to the right to pass the sign. (Stationary)



123. 2 Side Steps Right – Forward –
While heeling, the handler will take two side steps to the right, leading with the right foot, and continue heeling along the newly established line. The dog must move with the handler. This sign will be placed directly in line of the team’s path requiring the dog and handler to side step to the right to pass the sign.



104. HALT – Turn Right One Step – Call to Heel – HALT –
While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stay sitting while the handler turns, takes one step to the right, halts and calls the dog to heel. The dog must then return to the handler to heel positon and sit. (Stationary)



110. HALT – Call Front – Finish Right
– While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must then come and sit in front. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must finish to the right and sit in heel position. (Stationary)



111. HALT – Call Front – Finish Left
– While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must then come and sit in front. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must finish to the left and sit in heel position. (Stationary)