Thursday night was our final Weave Pole class. I definitely got a lot more out of this class than I did when I took it with Carmen. Because Bug lives with me it was MUCH easier to practice on a daily basis (at least until we ran into the psoas muscle issue) than it was with Carmie.
There were things I was pleased with last night and things I was not pleased with.
I am pleased that Bug is jumping much more confidently and having more fun. I am pleased he did so well with the weave poles (only two cages on each set of six) given we have had to back off our training schedule (and are still working with 3 on ATM).
I am NOT pleased by how easily distracted he is in the barn. Last night he did a little circuit, running around, and was very visually stimulated and not very connected to me. At a later point in the same run he saw a mouse and he thought he needed to try and get it. Obviously I need to do more foundation work with him!
I feel like I could have set him up for more success by taking him out for a brief walk before his run too. Short dogs went last, last night so he worked on “settle” while we were waiting and it took some time to get through the other dogs. After working on stationary exercises and being quiet I definitely should have given him an opportunity before his actual run to unwind. Bad handler.
I had lent Shaya (with Tom) my copy of Control Unleashed. She returned it last night. I think I will re-read it and work the exercises with Bug.
I am guilty of my own version of tunnel vision. I think about Control Unleashed and I think about Ike’s reactivity, not Buggie’s lack-of-focus (on occasion). It is applicable for both, though!
Not a bad class (start-line stays were pretty good, fun with jumping, nice weaves) but lots to work on.
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