How are we doing?
Hey-o — insane video which is very on brand for me but it’s looking better!
This is to show closeness regardless of Rian being a weirdo. My benchmark is mars and I feel like she moves closer?
It is a fine distance, especially for Rally. It's up to you if you want closer or not. She is coming in close to your lure and then rocking back 1 step to sit - at least in this video. But I like that she's coming in straight.
Maybe give it a rest while you work on sit in heel for wrap (other thread). Then, if you decide you want closer, you're going to re-work some "direct luring," just like in the sit-after-wrap.
SUPER job with your clean "get it" mechanics.
If she comes in crooked (happening more when she comes from the side, which makes sense), just take steps backwards. That will straight her out for now while we work on rear end awareness.
Good job! You can check this off your level up list.
I find that she is coming in straight but still having to scoot to get super close. And when she scoots she seems to favor swinging her butt to the right and ends up sideways. I did try stepping backward but she ends up stopping 5 inches from my crotch every time and scooting. Here are two videos showing it. What can I do to help her? Or am I being too demanding with how close I want her?
Huh okay yes that is a funny move that Oona has come up with. She comes in straight and then swings as she scoots.
At this point, the closeness is personal preference.
But what I would if you want her closer is:
Don't stand still anymore unless she's in the perfect position. So, if she comes in straight and close, then you can stand still the whole time and reward. But if you are gesturing for her to come closer, take a step back as well. You stepping back should straighten her out again as she gets closer. You can also let her eat sooner and lure that sit, since sometimes they come in close and you want to mark + reward for the closeness even though they haven't sat yet. Does that make sense?
Going back to the chair exercise can help teach her straightness, too, but she's definitely mostly coming in straight to start and just drifting for the scoot.
Let's look at that and then see what we got going on.