Ike was a wee bit stressed but he very obviously WANTED to play and was the most engaged I have seen him in at two months, at the very least.
Katrin had set up eight jumps with the bars angled to act as cavalettis and a curved tunnel. This was to help our dogs with foot-fall placement. Ike was great. No hesistation, and no attempts to leave (either the cavalettis or the barn). Wow! Even some wags!
We also practiced tire, teeter, send to the table and again Ike was AWESOME!!! We went through a stint a few months ago when he was refusing to down on the table. I don't know if it was because it was winter and he was cold or it was/is related to his "mood," but last night he had no hesitation. He was HAPPY!!
So, some thoughts:
I practiced with JUST Carmen prior to leaving for Ike's class. Ike watched.
I promised Ike it was just practice and no more trials forever or until we figure out whatever we have to figure out!
I brought Evanger's 100% Duck and did not treat as gratuitously as I am known too.
New to Ike's class dogs and dogs he knows well, but all dogs that he likes a lot; particularly Baxter Black.
Hmmmm....as Katrin said last night, I think Ike is trying to give me a complex!! :D
4 days ago