Brooke had her second session on full height/length dog walk this week. She is still trying to work out her striding but generally is doing it in 5 or 6 strides (about 1.9 seconds). She hit the contact 100% of the time but is deeper into it on 6 strides and quite high on 5 strides. I didn't give her much of a run up as I wanted to see what she did without too much momentum into it. Hopefully when she does a dog walk with a bit more 'oomph' she'll get lower into the contact.
According to Sylvia Trykman, a 5 stride running contact is most common. This is a video of Brooke doing 5 full strides on the dog walk - is she the only 'small' dog that can do this?!
This video shows Brooke putting an extra stride in on the top plank to do it in 6 strides. This looks better to me, but at the moment we are just rewarding drive and independence to build her confidence over the dog walk. Before she gets too used to running in straight lines we will start to introduce turns at the end - next job!
Her A Frame is a bit more hairy! Sometimes she jumps the apex does two strides on the descent (like Brodie does) and sometimes she jumps the apex and lands on the contact - crazy puppy but we love her!! :)