Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday's class

Today's class was about straight tunnels and the fact that they are turning obstacles and you have to let your dog know which way he should exit before he goes in! We did a lot of sequences - it was pretty fun but since I am not a super fast dog, mom could beat me to the end of the tunnel. The skill was much more difficult for handlers with fast dogs.

We started class with some dogwalk work - Jenn wanted the dogs to drive forward and complete the dogwalk while the handler decelerated. So we used a target (even though she is not a big fan of targets). Jenn stood at the end of the DW and the handler ran with the dog and each time tried to stop forward motion earlier and the dog ran to the food target that Jenn put down as the dog was approaching. At first I thought - who is she and why is she standing at the end of the DW - but once I realized she had chicken, she quickly became my new BFF!

I was good in class - no sniffing! And I am kind of willing to play a little before taking off on a sequence. I do bounces or hand touches or something - I think the hand touch game Kathy taught us is beginning to work! Mom didn't do lead outs with me - she just tried to get me to play and then go! Since we have been doing some fun weave pole drills in previous classes, they have become my favorite obstacle there and I cut behind mom once and headed for the poles and another time ignored mom's signal to jump and went for the poles! I even did a DW on my own instead of following mom to the teeter. Jenn says mom needs to keep her eye on me and that cutting behind her is especially bad, but mom couldn't help but smile and be happy that I was enjoying myself so much!

Gotta zoom!



Sara said...

Yay Independent Ricky! Go out there and have fun, don't worry about your mom. She'll catch up with you later :)

Sounds like you had a very fun class.

Nicki said...

I would rather legend be naughty and have fun than be stressed but Q. Of course I'm really hoping she finds a happy medium!

Diana said...

That class sounds like so much fun!! Diana

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Way to go Ricky!


Kathy said...

WOW, Ricky sounds like a HAPPY BOY!!!! That is fantastic!!! How neat RIcky is loving the weaves-whoo hoooo!!!!

Priscilla said...

Sounds like a successful class with your new BFF! Well done on the hand touches too. I think they're a useful thing to know.

Sagira said...

Sounds like you learn a lot at each of your classes and you're doing a good job. :)

Ellie said...

Sounds like you're keeping agility fun! That's the most important thing. You and your mom have plenty of time to polish up your runs ;)