Calendar for Petit Prix training

week 1, starting August 2, weave training job 1, take Blue to local businesses and work on pause table behaviors in the presence of strange people.

week 2, starting August 9 (camp week), weave training job 1, take Blue to local businesses and work on pause table behaviors in the presence of strange people.

week 3, starting August 16, jump training starting with a straight line of jumps and wind-sprints for me. I’d like to get Blue taking jumps without being told “jump!” each time. This is going to require a good bit of jump conditioning.

week 4, starting August 23, add a figure 8 (two pinwheels put together) for Blue’s distance training and my front cross training. Continue with wind-sprint and acceleration exercises for my knees.

week 5, starting August 30, back to basics with foundation conditioning on contacts, weaves, jumps, tires, tunnels and chutes.  Work around the clock and add distance. Build Blue’s understanding of the names of equipment.

week 6, starting Sept. 6, one month to Petit Prix!  Add strengthening exercises for my knees, including walking and sprinting. Make sure I have a good pair of shoes, both supportive and lightweight. Break them in before leaving for WI. Do sequencing with Blue, occasionally asking for distance work, independent performance of contacts and weave entries. Reinforcing jumping skills.

week 7, starting Sept. 13, back to jump training on the pinwheel, figure 8, straight jump chute, etc.

week 8, starting Sept. 20 (Blue in IL part of week, hopefully Bud will have a chance to give Blue treats every time she hears the timer beep.)

week 9, starting Sept. 27, sequencing, wind-sprints, distance sends, weave entries, playing and enjoying working together.

week 10, starting October 4 (depart for WI on Monday or Tuesday) Spend some time conditioning pleasant activities in the area around the electronic timers. Convince Blue that the sound of the timer does not happen at the start line.

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