Today was a rainy day. Oh hum. We still got out in it and trained. Got a little wet, but not so much wet that when we were done, little Fin jumped in the pool to cool off (no swiming, she's is a step kinda gal). One of the things I thought about today was straight lines and the dogs path.
My friend sent me the video tapes from the Derrett seminar. As best as I can determine, I've got some serious work ahead of me.
One area I sometimes have trouble is where to put my FC. If I follow the rule that says, "Change of arm indicates change of direction" this means I would NEVER put a front cross on a straight line. Looking at the course map, this means I wouldn't put a FC between 1 and 2 or 2 and 3. But what about between 4 and 5?
In our seminar, participants felt they shouldn't put a FC between 4 and 5 because it was a straight line (I am proud to say, I got this one right...I'm not talking about all of the ones I got wrong!). The truth is that the dogs actually turn between 4 and 5 because the dogs path is the red dotted line due to the turn from 3. So I would want to be in FC position at 5 as the dog is committed to 4.
The front cross is a tricky one for me. I am slower than my dog. My dog is faster than me. What amazed me in this box work is that I was able to get to the positions when I trusted my dog. Turns were wide mind ya (we are working on this) but I can see how there is hope in my future of indicating a line and moving myself to the next position to indicate the next line.