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agility body language

Postby petz » Sat May 29, 2010 8:38 am

Just wondered how everyone's classes are going. I ran rocky without hand signals and words last night. It was awesome! He actually ran faster just by my body language!! Woo who what a feeling!
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Re: agility body language

Postby Sooz » Sat May 29, 2010 5:55 pm

Wow, that's cool! I didn't even know that was possible.
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Re: agility body language

Postby Lisa » Sat May 29, 2010 6:24 pm

Most dogs cue more off of your body language than what you say. I know more than once, I've had my body pointing to an obstacle, called it something totally wrong (like called a jump a tunnel) and Buster will still take it. When running a dog, you always have to be very aware of what your body is telling your dog to do. It's something I'm still struggling with, and my body language often sends Buster off course.
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Re: agility body language

Postby rtropeano » Sun May 30, 2010 8:28 pm

I've heard that more than once, I remember Patricia McConnell talking about that in her blog in relation to sheep herding. She was calling the correct command and using the right hand signals, BUT her feet were pointed in the wrong direction and that's what threw the dog off. Amazing stuff huh?
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