Yesterday evening I worked with Tessa a bit on the lateral sends around cones, and circles for Freestyle. I actually ended up reworking a piece of our routine because Tessa was sitting in front of me before circling when I cued the circle from heel. I can work the sit in, and I think it will actually provide a nice point of contrast, so I changed the routine slightly.
We started off with the cone work. She just LOVES working with cones!! She wags her tail and preens around! She totally understood what I wanted from her, and she only made one mistake. That was pretty good, considering I hadn't done this with her before. I already need more room to work on this, though. There isn't much more space in my living room.
Next we did some work with a NADAC hoop, at first just building drive through the hoop. After that I worked on the rear crosses on the flat into the hoop by doing what we were doing at the seminar. That worked really well. Tessa and I both found it to be much clearer and I can see how eventually it will be very fluid. I actually need more room to work on that, too. Come on, spring!!
Then we worked on scallops. I am looking to build fluency as she loops to my side by feeding her waaaay back and then reinforcing her for coming into position straight. She liked the exercise. I am also working on it with her in a stand. I'd like for her to start doing more standing work.
Then we worked on the circles and that was where I discovered that she needs the sit in front of me right now, so I tweaked the routine.
All in all it was an excellent little training session. A little bit of Agility and a little bit of Freestyle for just the right balance!