|Shadow waiting to train|
Zazu's training was more learning how to train the dog better, Shadow's was how to train the handler better. We spent a lot of time talking about the dog's lead leg on bends and over jumps, and how to encourage the dog to be on the correct leg before it needs to turn. Being on the wrong leg over a jump will cause a wider or slower turn as the dog corrects itself. Generally speaking, crossing in front of the dog will encourage a change of lead leg as the dog comes past. The other thing we learnt about was cueing the dog to turn, again generally require you to be ahead of your. The dog ideally needs to know a couple of metres before take-off where it is going so that it can jump longer or shorter as required. If you can't get ahead of your dog for the turns, then you need to look at the 1-3 session for how to encourage the dog to work away better!
We both thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and have a lot to go away and work on with all our dogs. If anyone gets the opportunity to attend a Lee Windeatt training day or session, I would definitely recommend it.