Re: Scotty's UKC Sub-Novice Video (x-posted in LC)
Very nice job. I love to see your videos.
Can I offer a few words of advice?
I would enter the ring more formally so Scotty knows he is working as soon as he enters (before he enters is even better). I start back about 10' from the gate and do a series of heel, sit, heel, sit, pivot, heel, etc right up to the gate and to the judge who is then ready for us. I don't spend time sitting in the gate waiting for the judge to finish his paperwork because that gives the dog time to look around to see who and what is where. We enter the ring heeling and as we set up I give a sit command (if necessary) because it is the last correction I can make before we officially begin. This helps prevent the first no sit on the first halt command.
Also, heel formally between the exercises. After the exercise, quickly praise Scotty then get his mind back on the job at hand. I'm specifically thinking about the time he wanted to visit the steward for the F8. I never try to guess where the stewards will be because I'm always wrong. So we heel, sit, pviot, whatever until they are in position, then we line up. A couple of quick circles to the left before you set up will get Scotty in the right frame of mind for that first turn on the 8 so he isn't bumping/forging.