The surface reactive dog, Phoebe, actually went on the buja board! There was much cheering and treats for her. She needs more work, but she’s come such a long way! Buja board was the highlight of Quick’s night, as usual. He even sat up on his hind legs to get a treat while he was on it! He’s such a good boy.
Quick was a dream. He did perfectly with verbal release- the best in the class, if I may say so myself!!! It goes to show that training for two minutes a day before breakfast really does make a difference for dogs. We worked on the beginning of send-aheads, sending the dog to the side to a bait bag or toy. I released him to Mr. Squeaky, then gave him his treats from our treat bag.
He’s very easily distracted though. A full-fledged agility class was going on in the next ring, and he wanted to see! I had some difficulty keeping his attention, but we managed.
We were introduced to our first jump! He did great with the bar on the ground at first, then at six inches. I don’t want him to start off knocking bars. We’re taking it slow and steady. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Quick and I have a long time to learn this.
The trainer had a good point- begin your dog with wings, so when it sees them it won’t worry! I intend to follow her advice and get a winged jump for my home course, to go with my non-winged. Even just one of each will help my dog in the future.
Out of control dogs continued to frustrate me tonight. Another dog in class is very dog-rude, and he kept scampering away from his handler and coming to bother Quick, who didn’t really like having his ears chewed by a dog that wasn’t his friend! Thankfully I am fast and got to Quick and tugged him away before things got hairy, so to speak. But really. Someone socialize that dog, please? It’s not just my dog he bothers, either. He is rude to every dog he meets! I know Quick’s no angel, but I keep Quick close to me for just that reason. Am I being too sensitive?
Next week is the last agility night! I’m going to really miss it… I think I need to start looking for a new class!