I love Silvia Trkman. Her training methods are inspiring and I just love the bond she builds with her dogs. I've always felt that 90% of agility is having a great bond with your dog and the rest just falls into place (I realize that it is possible to have a great relationship with your dog and not do well in agility too, but those are outliers).
I've been working on her Cik/Cap the last week or two and boy I sure progress a lot slower than Silvia! Not that it really matters aside from trying to see how I can improve. And I definitely see some reasons for it. Mainly 1) I don't reward frequently enough (especially when I'm so tired that I'm training to tire her out more than trying to teach her anything and 2) my placement of reward to encourage offering behavior can quickly turn into luring when I'm not paying attention (or tired).
Unfortunately I'm unable to say Cik/Cap so I've translated to Tic Tok. Kirk's Tic direction is significantly better than her Tok so I see more Tok's in our future.
We're going to continue to work on Tic Tok but I think my next focus will be heeling and our lineup behavior. I'm a bit tired or luring to face the correct direction I want her to go. We've played with pivoting with her front feet on an object but I haven't really progressed from there.
TicTok from Agility Dogs on Vimeo.