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The first video isn’t available anymore. The second is awesome! He’s quick and sharp. I love how he flips right into places next to you at the end. I’m so envious. I wish I had done more with my male dog when he was younger. I knew you did jumps but the tube is new. How did you train him to race through it?
I copied the first link wrong. Teaching the tunnel is pretty easy for most dogs because most naturally enjoy it. I simply put him in front of the tunnel, went to the other end and show him his tug and said tunnel and as soon as he exited, we was paid with the tug. Then you progress to send him and remain at the entrance and time the tossing of the tug so it lands just outside the exit as he exits the tunnel. The service or flip Finnish is just the result of teaching it early with tons of repetitions and only and almost always quickly reinforcing fast comings to heel. In the level 2, I will enter the trial field with him in a down just behind the entry point with me facing him about 15’ feet away and blow the whistle and he will run to the heel position and we will heel to the first cone of the first exercise. You are not required to enter the field that way in the 2’s, but it puts the whistle recall and flip Finnish in the dog’s head from the beginning.
Wow... that crawl through the tunnel was fast... he cannot do it standing full, so had to do a partial squat to get through it... and it was quite fast too.
And finally, that 180-degree flip and sit down after he exited the tunnel was done quite fast too. I think he was partially sitting as he was turning!
Out of over 30 dogs in our club, he is by far the largest and one of only two GSDs, so he is pretty fast and agile. He is running and not crawling. He is extended when running which lowers his top line and his head is lowered.
What other breeds are going for PSA? I taught mine the flip finish but it’s not as crisp as yours is. He throws himself into a sit. It’s very cool. They also call it military finish. Other large breeds are taught to go from a front sit, to behind the handler and into heel. I used to have to argue with the obedience trainers when I want to do the flip.
It says unavailable but if you tap on v in the upper left corner it should play.
Any dog can compete, but the sport is dominated by Mals, then DS’s, GSDs probably next, Giant Schnauzers, pit bulls bully bred bull dogs. There is a tiny backyard bred pitbull that has done very well, but the dog would never be able to protect you but that is not the focus of PSA or most sports. Some dogs will due to genetics.
I’m on a phone and don’t have a V.