Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday's class!!!!!

We went to class yesterday!!! Finally after three weeks of missed classes in a row. I was surprised they remembered us!

Class was about straight tunnels as turning obstacles - the straight tunnel is a turning obstacle because the dog can get information on which way to turn before he enters the tunnel. With a curved tunnel (a non-turning obstacle) the dog completes the obstacle independently and then learns which way to go (like with DW, AF, teeter and weaves). The chute is also a turning obstacle.

Any way, we started out with an exercise where we performed most of the skills you would do with one jump with the one straight tunnel - so we did forward send, rear cross, FMFC, foundation RTH - I think I forgot one but you get the idea. It was important with the forward send for the handler to decel and keep shoulders toward the tunnel opening, with the rear cross there needed to be some lateral motion into the dog's path before the dog went into the tunnel so the dog could turn in the correct direction when exiting, and with the FMFC the handler had to show the dog the outside arm before he went in the tunnel also to show that there would be a turn coming up. I read mom's body language well!

Then we did several sequences that incorporated straight tunnels. I had a good time and was quite fast. I like classes better when they start with some kind of drill - it gets me warmed up and then I run the sequences faster. Mom concentrated on being confident herself and on giving me early commands so that I knew what was the next obstacle before or as I was doing the one I was on.

All in all it was a great class and we were very happy to be there!

At home mom chipped my table out of the snow and ice and thawed it out and brought it into our living room/agility training room! So I have been working on faster downs on the table. The table is hard and I would prefer to do my fast down on a rug or pillow. Think they might change the table in USDAA to be a cushioney one? :)

Today I think we are going to practice at our club. It is super cold out (10 degrees) with a wind chill minus zero. So we won't be outside much today. But the weather forecast says it should be in the 40s on Sunday! Wow. I'll believe it when I see it! After practice we're going to visit grandma and grandpa. Should be a fun day!

Gotta zoom!



Diana said...

Im glad you finally got back to class. Yea!! I need a class on RC to the tunnel. LOL Its cold here to but not like there. This weekend sunny and 60. Will see. Sometimes they get you all excited and then oops, it didnt happen.

Kathy said...

The mental picture of your mom CHIPPING your table out of the snow is a funny mental picture, and sounds like HARD work. sounds like you had a great class and a really great day planned. I always love hearing about your class, makes me think of all the other things we need to work on ;-).

Sara said...

What a great class!

Can't believe your mom dug out your table. She way more motivated than me! I'm waiting for spring.

Stay warm and have fun at grandma's.

Sagira said...

Sounds like you had a great night at class.

So cool that you have your own agility room.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

LOL Sagira! I don't really have an agility room - it's just my living room! I WISH I had an agility room! :)

Catalina said...

Sounds like a FUN class!!! Will you be making another video soon? *hint hint* :)

Priscilla said...

Glad that you went back to the class and had some fun with your mom.
Your mom is really clever and now you have your indoor agility training room : )
Hope you've a warm weekend too!

Dawn said...

You Mom CHIPPED your table out of a snow bank? She loves you a LOT!

We're thinking about making the living room into an agility room too. People don't really need all that room just to sit around do they!?

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

I love agility, too! And momma and dad's pup before me was a Sheltie named Sheena. Angel Sheena sent me to melt momma's heart after she died and momma hurt so much.

Thanks for the kind well wishes you left on my blog for my sister, Nuka's birthday! You helped us raise $100 for the rescue she came from. We appreciate your helping to make the day very special!

Marie said...

Woohoo, I've been waiting for the return of the Tuesday Class. I just love hearing about it! I hope you have a bit of warmer weather soon. We finally just resorted to leaving the state to chase down some warmth. LOL