Adjustable stride grid (foundation)
- Susan Salo
You're looking for a low head and a flat top line
VIDEO this from the side -- you will not be able to see your dog's performance. Play with the distances until you're reaching the goal consistently
Dog runs around the grid
This is your dog's way of saying, I don't understand. Break it down into parts for them. Just do the 3 low jumps REWARD. Put the target just in front of 4. Make sure your dog is happy and understands the grid before moving 4.
Dog does 1-3 but runs out of the grid at 4
Do a couple of reps with the target in front of 4. Then try it again. If you dog still runs around 4. Shorten the distance to and lower #4.
Dog Bounces 3 to 4
Ask your dog to repeat the grid. It might just be that they misjudged the distance. If they continue to bounce, increase the distance between 3 and 4 (by about 1') and then repeat the grid.
Dog keeps offering multiple strides between 3 and 4
Reduce the distance and lower the height of 4. First and foremost we're teaching our dogs about distance.
All of this is from Susan Salo's jump grid book.