We went back to Guides canins today, and tried the same exercises as Friday. Jasmine, the fast little dog, is back! No hesitation, and no sniffing around. Conclusion? My stress during class is rubbing off big time. Sigh.
Her weaves were great today, but I’m making myself a note to maintain this. I also tried some obstacle discrimination with a tunnel/A-Frame situation, and although she went for the A-Frame at our first try, she correctly understood my commands after that.
Fannie has proven that she’s a champion at her start line stay. This was our first agility club practice, so we didn’t know any of the other dogs who were there. Well, little miss Fannie kept her stay even when all those different dogs were taking tunnels, jumps, and running circles around her. Her little head could hardly keep track of all this activity, and her little poodle tail was wagging furiously….but most importantly… she.kept.her.stay. Good dog Fannie! As I was trying to teach her how to take a jump, I realised that I wasn’t making it rewarding at all for her. Result? She would run to me when I released her. I went back to the basics, and it worked. She also did her first tire (at the lowest height). Congrats Fannie! Another little milestone!
On another note, Fannie was at her best when she met new dogs, and puppies. None of them were overwhelming, so that made it easier for her. I have to remind myself to bring a treat pouch with me now. I forget that I’m not training on my own, so rewarding Fannie is even more important. Bad handler!
We had fun today! I’m looking forward to next week.