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. 🙂