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Old 09-17-2010, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Agility Foundation Work

Just thought I"d give another vote for finding classes that do foundation work with agility. Never underestimate the power of foundation work. Although it seems boring, endless and repetitive sometimes and I'm always eager to get on equipment...when you put it all together, you have magic.

Havoc is 18 months Vizsla and he's been to maybe 9 classes. I have practiced his foundation work at home. He has been taught to look for obstacles on his own, find jumps, etc. I only have 3 jumps, 1 tunnel and contact equipment. Basicallly the most we've done is 4-5 jumps in a sequence. Last night at our agility class, we had a circle of 12 jumps with the diamter about 40 ft apart. I was able to do serpentines the entire circle both directions...just from foundation work. He knows to look for a jump and keep moving. It really is amazing to see it all put together. I never would have thought he could do it prior to using this method.

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Old 09-23-2010, 12:52 PM
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What kind of foundation work did you guys actually do, what you describe sounds interesting. The foundations class I took didn't include any exercise that would include looking for obstacles. We did targeting sticks, targeting discs, send away to a mat and lie down, rewarding the dogs for climbing up on blocks of wood, and weaving between our legs, then at the end of each class we would take the dogs through a course and encouraged the dogs to explore the equipment.
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What kind of foundation work did you guys actually do, what you describe sounds interesting. The foundations class I took didn't include any exercise that would include looking for obstacles. We did targeting sticks, targeting discs, send away to a mat and lie down, rewarding the dogs for climbing up on blocks of wood, and weaving between our legs, then at the end of each class we would take the dogs through a course and encouraged the dogs to explore the equipment.
The thing that I think helped the most is called building value with the jump. You use uprights (bar or no bar depending on age of dog). You shape it. This teaches the dog to go to/over the jump without you and to look for the obstacles. They see jump, they go to jump, etc.

Our first session:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcNT2N6J36s
Later session
YouTube - value in jump.AVI

Eventually I can do this from 15 ft laterally and each side of the jump. It's silent. No command to go over.

The next drill we do is the 180 working towards a 270. We shape it. But I do use movement to get them started. The goal is to send from 15 ft away. I start about 4 ft away, Take one step I do say go and move arm foward. I keep my arm up and rotate shoulders as they go to help them go over the second jump back to me. Drop arm to bring them in. I start with jumps about 1 ft apart and work to 10-12 ft apart and then also move further back from the jump.

The third dril I do is with 3 jumps in a small pinwheel. It is totally shaped. I don't use MY movement to move the dog. Whereas in the 180 I helped with my shoulders. This time, I let the dog lead. The dog learns to search for the next jump. I reward after 1 jump a few times, then 2 jumps, then 3 jumps. Go both directions. slowly increase distance of jumps.

Almost all our equipment is shaped except maybe the chute. I find shaping teaches them to do it on their own and without you. With every step, we send, call over and run with from both sides.

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The thing that I think helped the most is called building value with the jump. You use uprights (bar or no bar depending on age of dog). You shape it. This teaches the dog to go to/over the jump without you and to look for the obstacles. They see jump, they go to jump, etc.

Our first session:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcNT2N6J36s
Later session
YouTube - value in jump.AVI

Eventually I can do this from 15 ft laterally and each side of the jump. It's silent. No command to go over.

The next drill we do is the 180 working towards a 270. We shape it. But I do use movement to get them started. The goal is to send from 15 ft away. I start about 4 ft away, Take one step I do say go and move arm foward. I keep my arm up and rotate shoulders as they go to help them go over the second jump back to me. Drop arm to bring them in. I start with jumps about 1 ft apart and work to 10-12 ft apart and then also move further back from the jump.

The third dril I do is with 3 jumps in a small pinwheel. It is totally shaped. I don't use MY movement to move the dog. Whereas in the 180 I helped with my shoulders. This time, I let the dog lead. The dog learns to search for the next jump. I reward after 1 jump a few times, then 2 jumps, then 3 jumps. Go both directions. slowly increase distance of jumps.

Almost all our equipment is shaped except maybe the chute. I find shaping teaches them to do it on their own and without you. With every step, we send, call over and run with from both sides.

Thanks! Ok that makes perfect sense, we've done things just like that for flyball.
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I want to say we did 2 or 3 classes of foundation - each series was about 6 weeks before we were on equipment. Contact boards, phone books, planks.
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