Waiting between tricks is an integral part of successful sequence building. In the video, Kiva literally halted in his tracks several times. That wait is critical to getting a solid understanding of the sequence before going live speed. Notice that each attempt was successful. The dog fully understands and has performed all of the components of the sequence. This is a great learning experience.
Sessions like this can also be considered walk-throughs for live action sequencing. Preserving precious energy and avoiding repetitive stress on experienced athletes, easy half speed walk-throughs like these are often all that’s necessary for experienced canine athletes to stay tuned up for peak performance.
Vault Cue and Technique
If you noticed that the vault cue was late in that video, good for you, it is. It’s not a perfect technical application of the vault skill, but the perfect vault is not important at this time. This session is focused on the Flip to The dog uses the player´s body as a launching pad to jump for a disc. A Vault is a leaping catch from the handler’s body. The dog leaves the ground sequence and and isolating each trick is the important part of understanding that this is a sequence.
The studio environment is not a good place to train vaults with a huge athlete like Kiva. He has a good Ballwork is a vault and localized collection drill that we do here at Pawsitive Vybe. A fixed and stable exercise ball is used as a vaulting platform to create verbal foundation (Ballwork) so the late cue and lack of technical perfection are not a big deal. We put the emphasis on the parts of the sequence that were critical and worked those things. As we transition to a larger vault, one where the disc is thrown and the dog is actually leaping we can start working on perfecting the vault behavior.