Week 1: Agility Foundations Classes
Quick is a year old this month, and as promised, we’re ready to start agility! Our first class was on Monday and we had a blast! I’ll be blogging about it weekly, and sharing our journey with all of you.
It was a little difficult to explain that he doesn’t like having his collar grabbed from behind (my theory is that it pulls his hair and hurts) and that grabbing from the front or by the leash is just fine. We worked a little on shadow handling and surprised our instructor who thought that surely my obedience-trained dog wouldn’t be okay with the right side handling. He did fine with it, and was a very good boy. I had some difficulty with treating him quickly enough! I lack finger coordination I guess!
I was a little upset by another student, though. Their pup had no manners to speak of! He bounced around on the end of his leash, barking shrilly, and his owner seemed oblivious as they texted through the lesson. I’m wondering how that’s going to work out in the upcoming weeks!
Quick seemed to enjoy the restrained recalls more than anything else. He did his ‘bucking bronco’ trick where he kicks up his back legs in glee as he runs after me.
What advice do you wish you’d heard when you started doing agility?
Check out next week!