Friday

Well, it’s the first day of October. How weird is that. Everyone needs to keep their black cats indoors so no weirdos go stealing them. 🙁 I’m not a big fan of Halloween, but it’s a fun idea. I wore really dumb costumes when I was a kid, so I have issues with that, but otherwise it’s not so bad.

The website has been changed to the blue background. I probably need to clean up the HTML on my main site but no rush. Oh, and I have to change the menu items but I’ll get to that eventually, too.

I went to the Periodontist last night, and I have to get six teeth fixed up. My gums are receding really bad on two of them, and fairly bad on the other four. Oh joy. I guess I know what my December bonus will be paying for, if they don’t forget about it and we still get it. *sigh*

Agility Class Last Night

Our new goal in agility is… SPEED!

NADAC is a very fast venue, and Levi is… well, just not a fast dog. Especially on the contacts. So last night I asked the teach what we can do about it. She said we can start to use a treat to pull over the A Frame, to get him to go faster. A really yummy treat that I’ve ‘teased’ him with somewhat the week before. So I have to work on that.

We are also going to start to do some running contacts, although while making sure we have a stop in our repertoire still, so when I do need to cross in front of him on a contact I can. I think that’ll help a ton. Last night we worked on that, when his foot hit the yellow, I released him and we zoomed to the next obstacle! It was fun.

And his weaves are doing really well, too. I just need to remember to call the weaves early. If a jump is before them, I need to call the weaves when he’s on top of that jump, or even before that jump. If a tunnel is first, then when he’s in the middle of the tunnel. If a contact is first… I don’t think I’ve ever seen a contact before weaves, but if so, then right out of the contact spot. We’ll get there!

Wednesday

Is it already Wednesday? Wow. Well, that’s a good thing, then. I’m on call tonight, and I have agility class. I missed last week’s class because of strep.

I’m still not 100%, maybe about 60%? This strep has really hit me hard. I want to get back to jogging and exercising and working with the dogs, but I’ve been so tired and have had no motivation whatsoever.

I did take Chase to beginning class last night. He’s doing really well. He’s smart and quick, and he calms down pretty fast, which is nice. I love that he has an ‘off’ switch, very important for a BC that I have. I hope he’s fast for agility.. I haven’t worked with him much on that, but maybe, if I feel better this weekend, we’ll see how he does on the dog walk in the back yard. Or I can take him to Willowcreek, get him on some more equipment. He’s still too young to jump though, he’s probably only about a year. But he can learn other things. The training he needs most, though, is obedience. 🙂

The lastest on Agility

Agility is my new greatest passion. I went to my first trial last weekend (September 18 & 19) in Grand Junction, Colorado, after a ten week break due to an injury in my leg, which actually didn’t end up being an injury as much as a pinched nerve… or rather, a tilted pelvis.

Anywho, Levi is my agility boy, and he’s doing very well, despite his handler! He attained his first two NADAC titles last weekend, NAC and TN-N. (Novice Agility Certificate & Tunnelers Novice) He is such a good boy. Not sure if NADAC is going to be his thing, though, because he is not quite fast enough. We might be able to get into open eventually, but I have my doubts about going beyond that into Elite. We just might be in Novice/Open forever in NADAC.

That’s okay, because the timing in AKC is not as tight as NADAC, and Levi already has two out of his three legs for his open standard title in AKC! Our next ACK trial is the end of October, so we’ll see if we can get him his last leg. Would be fun!