So here goes my "Showmanship Pen" progress series. Today I brought out the clicker and treats and decided to teach her how to square.
|Look at that square|
In the beginning it really was a complete fail. She would stop almost square and then a whole bunch of step slightly forward and step slightly backward ensued in a futile struggle to get it just right. It was just like someone who can't parallel park: backwards, forward, WAIT STOP, nope a little forwards, STOP, backwards, no that is too far back, forward, NOT THAT FAR FORWARD. The problem with Ypke is that she has no concept of small, she thinks bigger is better, so it took me awhile to get her to take smaller steps. I think it is more of me getting the cue with the lead just right, it is a delicate balance of not putting too much pressure but not using too little.
We are on our way and I am pleased with how the session went! :)