So I’m still following the Clothier Natural Jumping Method for Maze. And I haven’t been able to do much, but today I rented a local agility field and did it there. I need a lot of room since she recommends five jumps, and the distance I’ve been putting them apart for Maze is about 13′. But she recommends having the dog to two strides between jumps. And as far as I understand, two strides means the dog’s feet touches the ground three times between each jump. She says:
The left foot landing indicates the end of the jumping stride, and, simultaneously, the beginning of the next stride. When the left foot touches the ground again, the dog has completed one stride, and begins his next stride, which ends when the left foot touches the ground again. The dog has no taken two strides between the jumps. His left foot, as it leaves the ground, is beginning the jumping stride, and will touch the ground again on the other side of the second jump.
And here is the illustration from her book, which I hope she doesn’t mind me posting here.
So I’m attempting to get two strides out of him, but I’m seeming to only get one. I’m not going to post my calculation for stride length here unless someone wants to see it. 🙂
Anyway, regardless of me muffing up the distances between the jumps, I think he’s doing well. He had to adjust for the double that I threw in there the second and third sessions. I think he’s ready for that, because he’s really smooth over the single jumps. And I do want him to learn how to adjust his stride and his gait for different kinds of jumps.
So here is Maze’s video. I want happy, fun jumping! And his tail is up and he looks good. Though during the last session he was getting tired, but that’s okay. <3
I also ran Connor through a couple, to see how he’d do, and to try to speed him up. I used the Manner’s Minder at the end of the jumps, and Connor loves that, and was beating me to the end!