Talk About Ending
Quick flat out refused any and all collar grabbing that wasn’t me. Complete with paw-flailing, caterwauling, and tucking himself out of his collar. I put him in his crate after the second collar tuck. It’s not really worth it to me for him to learn he can get out of his collar whenever he wants! He needs work on his collar holding by people not-me. I’m just not sure how I’m going to manage that! Any suggestions? I’m open to just about anything.
He did very well with the tunnel, except he wanted to release himself to go play in it! It was cute… but I wouldn’t let him. Phoebe loved the tunnels and went back and forth and back and forth and was generally obsessive. It was adorable!
We worked more with a jump. Quick did tolerably, but he was very very lazy. He hopped instead of jumped, and would not go faster than a slow trot towards the jump without avoiding it. This obviously needs more work! He also needs his drive ahead to get better. I forgot he was supposed to be driving ahead so I had his food in my hand. Yeah. There wasn’t much by way of straight lines in his jumping!
Wobble board is the love of his little fuzzy life. I’m going to get one as soon as we start carrying them! I know they’re really a beginner dog thing, but the way I view it is a second grader who still likes first grade math blaster. It’s something he knows how to do and enjoys immensely.
Ladders. Ugh. Three paws in, one out. Every. Single. Time. ‘nuff said. He was blissfully unaware he was doing anything wrong. I couldn’t scold him, so we tried again. And again. And again. No treats, because he didn’t quite get it perfect. So, what does the boy do? He starts walking on top of it!
I’m going to miss agility class. It was easily the most fun I’ve ever had in a dog class. I’m looking for another one to attend in the area, but believe me, I feel everyone’s pain when they say ‘but there’s just nowhere to go in my area!’. There really aren’t that many trainers in the area that I can find, and while I’d be willing to drive an hour to find one that fit my schedule, it’s not a certain thing I’ll be able to. The foundations class has been a huge help to us in learning to handle, and if I have to, I’ll just train Quick on his lonesome in the yard with our equipment. I’d rather he went to class too, though, for the distraction and so I learn how to handle him better. I don’t want to run the risk of teaching something incorrectly through ignorance (see jumps above!)! My dog is great. He does as I say. And if I say the wrong thing, he’ll do the wrong thing! That’s a big responsibility it feels like!
So this is the end of our agility foundations class, but the beginning of Quick’s and my agility journey! I’m looking forward to more!