Left turn heels
q: in one of the videos (I think twists in heel) she’s starting to orbit naturally. Should I stop this or maybe use it to train orbit? Thoughts?
Sorry I only had time to watch your first video so far, but it looks good. I would neutrally reset her from trying to throw/offer/guess/be confused about "orbit." I would not mix orbit and twist or pivot right now, because orbit is basically a super pivot. In the future, you can mix, but it will be an intentional cue discretion exercise. And I don't work cue discretion until the behavior is on cue and super fluent, which I'm guessing "orbit" is not for her yet.
Gotcha that’s why I asked! Have a safe move!
More heeling with turns
Her pivots are SO FREAKING CUTE.
This is the first clip where I see her drifting towards forging a bit. (2:29)
What's nice is that she's actually self correcting a LOT. (So thoughtful, Luna!) The next rep after the forgey rep is excellent. Look at 3:02. See how she moves herself back? I want you to mark & reward that. This is where our "yes" marker really comes in handy! We can reward the exact moment she makes that awesome choice.
Other things I want to see you play with, if you need more homework:
1) Striding out:
You're going to have to basically charge at your fence, but I want to see you play with lengthening your stride a bit. Since she's a bigger dog, that's what you're going to need for her to really prance with you.
Relevance to competition OB:
Prancing is purty/a smoother look.
Relevance to Rally:
If you compete in Rally in person, it is timed. If there is a tie for scores, time determines how you place.
That being said:
You might see more forging crop up as you practice striding out! It's all about balance. Mix slower pace and left turns as needed, reward her for self correcting.
I told you awhile ago to not do too much heeling from sign to sign, but I think you have the skills to play with that again! Lemme see it.
Awesome, thank you! I was contemplating requesting to level up but I know how hasty I can get 😂 will definitely play with the signs and striding out more and see how she does!
Down stays with extra distractions, word to the wise - don’t skip in really old, beat up UGGS. 😐
Right turns in heel: Looks excellent! These are your 360 rights. You got em.
Down stay with distraction:
Once she's there, she's great. You can't fool her with those moves!
The initial popping up from down to sit is just a communication error somehow. Does your "stay" signal look like "sit" or maybe even "touch"? I see her misreading what your hand is "saying" to her.
The 1 pop up at the end of the down stay is a reward sequence error that usually happens because the handler says their release word and does a big body movement at the same time. This is just like how you want to say "get it" before you throw your treat.
Twists in heel