At Rally Training we tried something different for class. First all dogs were left in the cars at the beginning. We walked the simple course of about 10 stations which had both level 1 and level two activities in it. After walking the course to understand the activities we were then asked to do the course with an invisible dog. We all thought this was funny, but the idea was to make us think specifically about our body shapes and positioning, as our dogs have learnt to anticipate (and not always correctly) what our body position says we are going to do and wants them to do.
We all had perfectly behaved dogs but it did look as if we were more like runway models than rally handlers.
Next we did the same course with the lovable Mia (Pictured Left) who was very easy to handle but depending on where we positioned our feet, shoulders, hands etc. We also had to change our voices as Mia was very excited to be working for us, so we had to give calming signals to give her commands. Finally we did the same course with our own dogs (at least we knew what we were supposed to do now). I took Cinders off lead and did the course, but was told i needed to stand more upright as she tended to heel away from me as i slouched ready to give her a treat. Once i realised this we had a better run, though i still have difficulty keeping the number of steps backwards in the recall forward, back one, two, three. Lots to practice for