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Old 12-09-2013, 09:37 PM
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Mimi scared the bejeezus out of me today. Did AWESOME practicing. The dog walk was set low for the beginner agility class but she actually ran it (instead of trotting). Ran straight weaves well, only popped a time or two and is definitely getting speedier (once was definitely not her fault, the pole was set up leaning slightly the opposite way. She tried to get it but just kind of awkwardly stutter stepped).

Our last run, the sequence was tunnel, tire, jump, table. She came out of the tunnel, I sent her to the tire jump and I'm not sure how she read it because she jumped and hit the side of the tire where it anchors to the side of the frame. The whole thing toppled and the framework ended up on top of her. She pulled herself out of the tire mess and came to me. I made it happy, she jumped into my arms and I had her spin/turn a few times. She was happy. My friend set the tire back up, I made sure she wasn't lame (thank gawd) and asked her to go through again. She happily jumped through. NO fear. I'm floored. We ran the course one more time to end on a good note and finished by nailing the weaves again. I'm interested to see if she's spooky with the tire next practice, but really... how many dogs have equipment 'attack' them and aren't afraid of it after? I'm really surprised my little skinny dog could take it out that easily...
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:44 AM
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Ezra has decided that, while he has no idea why I'd want him to walk through jump standards or over a pole that might eat him, food is involved, and that's pretty awesome. Also, the table is a fun place to be.
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:30 PM
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Spamming myself, but no tire fear for Mimi.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:26 AM
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Spamming myself, but no tire fear for Mimi.
Yay Mimi! I haven't had much in the way of mishaps yet. Kili did bail off the dog walk really awkwardly one time (she wasn't supposed to be on it to begin with... she's a contact sucker) and she hasn't been on one since. No problems with the frame or teeter though. It's amazing how resilient they can be sometimes... then other times it's like... "Really? You're afraid of the garbage can lid?"
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:52 AM
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Oopsie. Got an e-mail that the Louisville Greater Agility trial opens next week. Erm... maybe I should get back to training my agility dogs. I took a break after our last trial and that was, uh, almost two months ago.

Whoops!!

This weekend I suppose I should outline my training plan again. Have some nice quality time watching Dave Munnings for a few hours and maybe Trkman's foundations DVD again too...
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:24 PM
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Crossbone's first agility weekend is here!!!! So. Excited!
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:35 PM
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Crossbone's first agility weekend is here!!!! So. Excited!
Hurray! Good luck and have fun!!
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:21 PM
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Have so much fun. Take videos. Take photos. Post them
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:48 PM
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:38 AM
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We had a really good class last night. Our instructor asked me to bring a spray bottle to work on Watson's tendency to run off and do zoomies or play with other dogs (he started doing it every single time he was off leash). I've used it successfully at home when he got over the top with the rabbits, so I was willing to try it in agility. Success! The first little sequence we did he rocketed out of the tunnel and ran around like a loon. The instructor walked towards him and sprayed the bottle a couple times (I don't think she was even close enough to get him wet), I called, and he zoomed back to me so fast he almost knocked me over. The whole rest of the class he was attentive, fairly calm, and focused on everything we did, but still fast and enthusiastic. No more running away during off leash activites!

I'm generally not one to jump to aversives, but I have to admit that the spray bottle is pretty magical for him. It just stops him in his tracks and makes him actually think through what he's doing, and choose something else. Once is enough.

Also, he cracks me up with jumps. He doesn't quite get the point, and actually went the entire way around a jump instead of just going over it. Weirdo. Still doing well with introducing the A frame and dog walk, and he's the only dog in the class without the tendency to try a flying leap from the top which is nice.
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