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Old 02-09-2014, 07:28 PM
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I feel like I'm going to burst I'm so proud of Gusto (and Meg, but I'm always proud of Meg). It was like a light switch flipped this weekend, and he's a Grown Up Dog. There was zero stressing, zero sniffing. He hit every weave entry, and stayed in all the weaves. He hit a stupid weird split weave entry in PIII snooker where I rear crossed on a 90 degree turn. He hit and held every contact. He held every start line, even in two pairs runs where I ran second, so I had to get the baton, whip his leash off, and lead out.

I have been so, so stressed about my decision to pull him from classes, and the reinforcement that it was the right decision makes me so relieved.

He ran his first three PIII classes today, and was completely not in over his head. He took a wrong tunnel entry in standard, where I made a stupid handling decision, and the pairs run had enough little blips between both dogs that it wasn't a Q, but he went out and completely rocked his first PIII snooker run for a FIRST AND SUPER Q!

Who is this dog?! He is amazing!
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:33 PM
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Hurray for Penny & Gus, both growing up!
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:10 PM
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Yay baby dogs!

Zuma is now The Zuminator OA OAJ! Finally got that last open jumpers leg.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:15 PM
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Congrats Zuma!
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:22 PM
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Awwww good Penny and Gusto growing up! (I'm hoping mine will decide to grow up one day, too LOL).

And congrats, Zuma!!!
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Today she ignored BIRDS. My heart is so happy with her!
Good girl, Pen! Those birds...!
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:48 PM
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Woot woot!! Everybody is having such good success!!
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You guys are inspirational. Congrats to everyone on their success! It's so neat to see these dogs grow up over the span of the thread.



A friend snapped this shot of Cohen at our agility house league yesterday. It was during the gamble, which she nailed easily. I sometimes forget just how high these dogs have to jump 'cause from 5+ feet up, 22" doesn't look like a lot.

She was a good dog and again didn't knock a bar yesterday. Whatever I've been doing seems to be working. Of course, with the bar knocking seeming to resolve itself a whole new host of issues is cropping up. Most notably, Cohen opting to do a rebound off me instead of a jump on a tight turn. Poor dog must have been VERY confused.

Our next project will likely be collecting on turns and mastering some of the twistier, turnier parts of the courses.
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A friend snapped this shot of Cohen at our agility house league yesterday. It was during the gamble, which she nailed easily. I sometimes forget just how high these dogs have to jump 'cause from 5+ feet up, 22" doesn't look like a lot.
Great picture!

As someone new to agility, the heights surprise me all the time. In our class, Watson jumps 8-12" and the big dogs (bouvier and goldens) are jumping 20". Eventually, Watson will need to jump 20". That seems so high for such a little dog.
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So tonight was good and bad. Summer did great. As usual.

Mia... oh Mia. I am strongly considering just quitting with her. Not sure. I go back and forth. On one hand, she has fun, which makes me want to continue with her. On the other hand, she's just so dang hard to motivate and keep stress free!

The good news: Mia played ball for the first time ever at class. She also played ball with my trainer, which is a huge step for her. And she worked for her ball. She also played tug too. Big Big steps for her.

She does not drill well. I think that is our big problem. We are indoors so can only do a few jumps and were working handling that was going back and forth between jumps. The first run she did GREAT. Second run she said screw it. She will still do it but she'll just trot or walk with a big grin on her face like she's saying 'I'll do the least bit of effort to get my cookie!'

My trainer has always thought she was 'getting tired'. If you know Mia you know she's not tired. I finally proved that by ending our run and pulling out the ball. She went from trotting to the jumps to ripping around the room after the ball and dropping it for me again.

I've got to figure out how to make her work with me on longer sequences. In earlier classes, she was so fast but now it's like the payout isn't good enough for the effort or something.

We've been fighting this speed issue for about 6 months and its frustrating as hell!
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