Bug was MUCH happier about jumping yesterday. Hooray! He was a bit weirded out by the teeter at first, until he remembered it AND he was all over the dogwalk. Those little corgi legs were FLYING!!
I am amazed what a difference there was this week with the jumps. He still tried to go around them a couple of times but was much more committed to them in general. I think this has a lot to do with his pelvis being in alignment and the introduction of the toy to his jump training. Sandy B with Baxter Black (fave LR) was kind enough to lend me her copy of Get on The Ball. I think this will be a HUGE benefit to boy #2 and I was able to schedule an appointment with Debbie GS at the Cluster in November.
We also worked the weaves a bit and Bug showed very little hesitation and was definitely moving more quickly through them – not as fast as classmate AS Aidan, though! I think Aidan is the type of dog who cages make immediate sense to (very jealous Schnauzer owner here).
It was a very successful class, except for one bit. And it will come as no surprise it is the human part of the equation that had the issue. I brought a squeaky for the Bug since he loves toys so much. I figure it is a surefire way to get him all geared up about agility. We both played really well with it at first. Then he started to run out of steam and I KEPT trying to reward him with the toy. I need to learn to put the toy away when my boy gets pooped. I do not want him to associate that pooped feeling with his squeaky. The plus is that I have finally figured out how to successfully use a toy to reward (only took two years) – although I do still throw it too far away. If I can learn use the toy to reward then I can certainly learn to put the toy away before the boy gets too tired.
On a Toe Note:
Monty has made TREMEDOUS nail trimming progress. He seriously tries to hop up on the grooming table when I am there! Silly boy. Bug on the other hand….not so much. : (
Katrin and I are going to stop doing Bug’s nails for a while. He is not getting any better and he is SO stressed out. I walk the dogs multiple times a day on sidewalk and apparently it really does affect how the nails wear because Bug doesn’t have too much that needs to be clipped on a weekly basis. We are going to do his nails once a month and try to bring him over for play dates at Katrin’s. Right now he doesn’t want to get out of the car at her house. : (
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