40 days straight! Phew, I think I am ready for a little break!
Today Sei had a day off and Perrin and I toyed around with something new. While we could certainly use a lot more practice, Perrin doesn’t have a general conceptual issue with precision in heeling. Energy, however, can be a challenge. He is a pretty energy efficient guy by nature (he takes after his Bernese side on energy rather than his Golden side!), and high energy moments come in rare, extremely short spurts. Today we doodled around and experimented with adding energy to heeling. I was flying by the seat of my pants, but we both enjoyed it. I the baby beginnings of his prance!
Not really a TEAM specific exercise, but I figured it counted because it was heeling. One day I will stop avoiding doing a TEAM1 run though 😂
A very brief, early morning session of position changes with Perrin and perch shaping with Sei. Perrin and I have been alternating the position changes in heel on and off the platform. He doesn’t love doing downs on the platform, but he is ultra crooked without it. It looks like we are getting somewhere with it!
This morning Sei and I did our engagement homework for that class, and did some bits for the pivot. Perrin and I tried some fronts and find heels with a pivot platform rather than the full one.
Doing the find fronts and find heels on the pivot platform was a poor exercise choice because of Perrin’s cone. It really messed up his muscle memory for how close to be and his path into heel. He was a good sport though, and did well considering that impediment.
With Sei I tried an exercise that I hoped would help develop some stillness during stationary moments on the pivot perch. I used the reverse luring/hand zen thing (still not really sure where this technique belongs, but it has come in handy for me in the past) to get some stillness on the perch. He is obviously not magnetized to the perch well enough yet either, but I find when I just work on that I get all sorts of dancing/prancing/extraneous movement and I am not fast enough to click the bit of stillness when he gets on. So I am hoping by trying to alternate between these two exercises, it might help that.
First day of the October FDSA term! Sei and I are in Engagement at gold, so there will be quite a lot of that for the next 6 weeks. Today Sei and I did engagement for our class (his pivot pot was actually being used for bread baking, so I had to chose something else!).
Perrin and I worked on go arounds…with a toy! My toy dismissing puffin worked for a ball! Enthusiastically! He is adorable ❤