Friday, January 9, 2009

Advanced Intermediate Agility, Class 1

Last night we went to our first advanced intermediate agility class! It was great to be back in class again. On Wednesday we had gone to practice in the morning armed with new treats (these beef burger bites that we had gotten as part of Johann's giveaway gift). They are full of bad stuff - according to mom - but I love them! I was very motivated to do fast agility on Wednesday morning and that kind of carried over to last night.

This class is divided into two sections - about 6 dogs in each group. So we get to work on longer sequences. Some of the dogs in the class are very experienced and already trialing at excellent level. That was good for mom because she could watch how they handled an exercise and that helped her figure out how to do it.

The first thing we worked on was rear crosses. We have done some of that on our own, but very little in a class. We also had to do tunnel/dog walk discrimination. Mom found out that she is successful if she can block the tunnel opening with her body and send me up the dog walk. Then she did a rear cross while I was on the walk to get where she needed to be. We also want to work on sending me into a tunnel when it is the first obstacle in a sequence. I tend to not be revved up at that point and often balk at getting in the tunnel. But last night I was pretty fast through the chute - the first time through is always a little hesitant and then next time is much better. (but in a trial you only get one chance!) The weaves had entry and exit wires on which confused me the first time too, but then I remembered them and was ok.

Our second section focused a lot on lead out pushes. I have a really good start line stay at the moment, but I don't have a lot of drive when mom does a lead out. Actually though I was better last night because I kept remembering that awesome tasting treat mom had in her pocket! We did more weaves and also the teeter in this section.

Overall it was a lot of fun and more challenging than the last class. We were disappointed that we didn't get put in a group with our cattle dog friend Katie but the instructors probably did that on purpose knowing that Katie's mom and my mom would talk the entire time if they were together!

Gotta zoom!



Ludo van puppy said...

Hi Ricky!
I loves reading about your agility learnings. Mum wants me to do it when I is a bit older so it very interesting for us to learn how you is getting on.
~lickies, Ludo

Brittany said...

That sounds like so much fun!! Sounds like Ricky is getting better and better every class. I can't wait until our next agility class starts!

Simba said...

wahoo!! Good job! isn't agility fun!!



Sara said...

Sounds like you covered a lot in that class. See how far you've come Ricky? Its amazing! Great job!

We start our class back up again next week. Seems like it has been forever!

Amber-Mae said...

Sounds like you're really working hard on Agility! I'm not like you. I just simply do whatever & sometimes I make lotsa mistakes. That's why I ain't pawfect in it. Hehehe!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Bree/Reilly said...

BOL - that is one SMART instructor....when moms get together they do like to chat and chat and chat. I hope your mom sent in that application !!!!! You gotta start sometime little buddy!

SGR said...

Woof! Ricky
Thanks for visiting my blog. Wow! You are in a advanced intermediate agility class. I used to do agility ... it was so much FUN. Woof! Sugar