I think I've talked before about how poorly our dogs perform on rubber matting. I created a little video of Lexi slipping on the rubber matting at our Stuart seminar.
I guess I should point out that my handling stinks (I was being lazy, and was upset after a pretty frustrating day) so that accounts for a good portion of her wide turns...but she goes wide, slips, and goes out even wider. It's like she tries to control herself, finds it too difficult, and floats out as she slips.
We are trialing indoors at the end of the month, but the dogs are only entered in Steeplechase, and Lexi is in Standard, too, and just on one day. I was thinking of trying some of the spray or wax to help with slipping, but I may just not worry about it.
I was feeling really frustrated in the video because of Lexi's performance...she has gotten SO much better in terms of turns and collection, and we've gotten better in terms of cuing her, but we were just terrible at the seminar. I'm a bit emotional in general, but at the end of the day I thought I was going to cry because it seemed like we hadn't made any progress at all.
My thought is that we've worked so hard to get tighter turns and collection on grass (we're getting there...sort of), and then we go on rubber and it's a whole different beast...I almost want to say why bother? And just not trial indoors. I know we're limiting ourselves, but we're just a bad team indoors and it's demoralizing.
Also keep in mind that during this run I was told to run the perfect dog, so I wasn't supposed to go back and get her, or correct her, just keep going. I was also being given some instructions as I ran. Basically, don't get hung up on the handling, it sucks. Just check out Lexi's slipping.