The Hover Sit

12 Dec

Now for part 3 of the training sessions I had with Jeremy Organ. You may recall last time’s lesson had ended really well and we were all fired up with enthusiasm!!!

Well….things hadn’t gone entirely to plan!! Read on to find out why!!!

Well with some trepidation Rudy, Rio and I  approached training this week!!! The” heel” work  we had tried so hard to master had gone to pot with both boys together and even separately sometimes!! They had certainly become …shall we say “rebellious” ??  There are many other words I have used mostly under my breath with them but I don’t think they are for public consumption!!!
Jeremy saw the problem immediately and took charge and gave them both what for!! He was very strict especially with Rudy who was doing his whole looking anywhere but at you routine!! It’s a bit like if I can’t see you ,you can’t see me!!! I clearly remember the children doing the very same thing when they were younger!!!

La la la can't see you!!

La la la can’t see you!!

Jeremy did lots of heel work separately then with both dogs  together and sharpened everything up loads, i.e when u stop the dog should stop immediately and sit immediately and wait for the command to heel . Both Rudy and Rio were quite slow to start with and took some persuading but soon improved no end!!
They have perfected what can only be described as the “hover sit”. The dog looks like he is going to sit and starts to lower the back end to the ground, but never quite puts his weight down!! He just hovers in mid air!! In a sitting position just not actually sitting!!! This hover sit is usually accompanied by the look off into the middle distance in the vain hope you will look away too and they can get away with it!!
Jeremy then did some heel work where he dropped the lead across Rudy’s back and carried walking on as if still holding  it and as Rudy had not been aware of pressure from the lead anyway because  he was walking  properly, he didn’t notice the difference and happily continued to walk to heel and sit when Jeremy stopped!!
Jeremy then took both Rudy and Rio  together and Rudy broke ranks and came running back towards me with Jeremy sprinting after him!! What a sight to behold!!! He then started  again and  both dogs walked beautifully alongside him without leads!! Hmm methinks that could take a lot of practise!!!
I am amazed that such simple concepts can work and I live in hope that one day Rudy and Rio will walk like angels on their leads!!! snap
It rained the whole time and we were there an hour and 20 minutes and I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I now have to practise all of the above as much as possible and go back in 2 weeks again.

2 Responses to “The Hover Sit”

  1. 2browndawgs December 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Storm knows all about the hover sit and practices quite ofter…lol. Not ideal for field work and we have to work on her to put her fanny on the ground and keep it there until she is sent to retrieve.

    It took a bit to get our dogs to heel properly when they were walking together, but eventually they got it. Sounds like your training is going well.

    • Jane Parry December 13, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      Hi thanks for your comments , it’s always helpful and reassuring to know you are not the only one that these things happen to!!
      The training, I have come to realise is ongoing!! We have days when they are brilliant and other days!!!!

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