All three dogs had some agility practice time last night.
I set up the weaves, jumps, and tunnels. The back yard is nearly completely dry which will open up our playing space significantly. I need to make some more jumps (I only have two) and I plan on making some hoopers to work on with Bug.
Bug went first and worked on start-line stays, jumps, and sending to the tunnel. This was the first time in a while I have practiced with him in the in-laws' back yard and he was really focused. I am so pleased!! You might recall last time we tried to practice in the back yard I very nearly lost him to a softball game 200 yards away and through a creek! Those eyes - they see everything.
Ike was next. His weaves are rocking. He LOVES practicing SO much. I practiced sending him over the jumpes to the tunnel from quite a distance and he nailed it repeatedly until he ran out of steam. Such a fun boy. And need I tell you how happy it makes him to play agility?
On to Carmie. The light has changed enough that where I set up the equipment the sun was a none-issue. Perfect! Carmie had some really nice weave poles. However as she got tired (I am guessing that is what was going on) she did start to skip/miss a pole or entry. We ended on a high note with the weaves and had much more success than failure. I did practice sending her to the tunnel (and she does well with that), but what I really need to do is get the teeter out and practice sending her from the teeter to a jump. Sending to jumps is where we run into some troubles.
All in all I feel really good about the mini-practice session and I had SUPER happy dogs. I even played with Joey, the evil Yorkie, and to be honest I don't think I have ever seen him so happy! We went over some 4" jumps and I introduced him to the tunnel (straight and shortened).
Every dog was grinning by the end and so was I.
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