Dang it...now I have to look up how to spell bisquit (it's biscuit, but I bet you're thinking of Bisquick, AB.) I'm fine (more or less) so long as I just let my fingers type without thinking about it (except for typos, which are many) but ask me to spell something so I have to actually think about what I'm typing, and words look funny no matter HOW I spell them.
I hang my head in shame--there are some words that not only can I not spell them, I've never been able to spell them and evidently that is never going to change--unfortunately for the my "dog" related friends biscuit is one of those. And like you--there are number of words I can only spell as long as I don't think about it--my fingers know how those are spelled.
Just got back from agility....the teacher really worked us today. HDD did wonderfully..I couldn't remember where to go next.
Does anyone know a way to teach yourself a course (these were only about 5-6 obstacles, but lots of turns) so I can go the right places in the right order? She has the little cones out (we just started those a little) but right now, she's not asking us to follow them--she just tells us just go here, go there, jump this, jump that, flip, go through the tunnel instead of the walk, flip around, do the walk (this time they were lined up right next to each other so it was tough for the dog to figure out where you're sending him) She does kinda show us how she wants us to turn, which hand to use where, etc, but HDD is so fast, I'm booking it just to keep up and lose track of where I am.
Mmmm--well as long as you are working by verbal commands from the trainer I don't think there is a good way to learn a course--at trials (and at classes from some instructors) you get a piece of paper with the course on it--including the cones (numerically marked) and pictures of the jumps and obsticals. Using the map and walking the course several times (without the dog) usually will give you a good idea of the course layout and what comes first an what follows.
My friend who actually ran my dogs in agility used to make me lay out course and give her a piece of paper with them diagrammed--meant we weren't working with all of the obstacles (because we didn't have all of them but between her obedience set and mine we had several jumps, a broad jump, she had a regulation tunnel, between us we had enough coupons from one of the pet food companies who was offering agility equipment one year to get a regulation teeter and we improvised a dog walk with a 12 x 20 plank on cement blocks. Oh yeah, and she had a rickety four legged table that just barely worked for a table--it was so wobbly that none of our dogs ever had a problem with a regulation table in the real trials.
When obstacles are lined up so that the dog has to make a choice--those are differentials and you'll see those getting more and more difficult so make sure you are teaching DogDog the names of all the agility equipment.
And I could NOT spell obstacle--no how no way--finally had to resort to the Dictionary.
Oh...I wanted to mention...My brother (from Louisiana) is coming in to visit Friday through Wednesday, so I probably won't be on here much then. Ya'll be good now.
Don't make a lot of work for me out of sheer
-ness that I'll have to clean up when I get back.
Have a great visit...we'll be um...sort of good...