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Friday, December 11, 2009
I have always loved watching dogs who can do a fancy "pop" finish in obedience. Some dogs are very impressive and they do a giant twirling leap into the air, landing perfectly beside their handler. I never gave much thought to teaching this type of finish to my dogs. It always seemed like the kind of thing that a light, bouncy dog can do, not a Bernese (who are not always too light on their feet). Inspired by a combination of a Patty Ruzzo video and very cold weather, I decided to see if I could teach Bosley a pop finish. We have been working at it, a few minutes at a time, for about a week. Bosley thinks this is a whole lot of fun. I started by luring/clicking just a pop-up. Then I added the turn into a finish with a lure. I have now faded the luring and am just rewarding getting into the final position.