Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Loadsa Agility !!

I have had a real treat over the last few days lots of agility practice, with all my guys.

Started on Friday morning with a lesson with Bernadette and Todd, negotiating cross behinds and sending OUT not IN lol lol and some seesaw work and also some targeting on the down plank of the dog walk, which I am pleased to say is going really well, I think one of my main weakness is actually thinking I am really consistent with my verbal commands but have realised that I am NOT !! I have written all my commands down and think that I may drop a few of them and hope that less is MORE !

Friday afternoon I stayed to do a training session with Bernadette Lisa and Nancy practising a
USDAA Grand Prix course which was interesting and fun to run you can see the actual course on http://www.obayshelties.blogspot.com/ . I was really pleased how Jess ran this course, and her contacts were lovely, it is always pleasing to have good contacts when you run your dog somewhere different, and I had a lot of fun trying different handling techniques into the rigid tunnel.I put Corrie round the same course and she ran it really nicely, and I think that I am going to have a go at training her running contacts, as she really needs to be motivated to run her best and I often find to stop her on the contacts is a bit deflating for her, so I am going to give them a go, lots of hard work coming up to retrain them. The biggest treat of all was that Bernadette let me have a run of Zen, she is sooo lovely to run, and I am going to work really hard as I would love Todd to run like her, well one can dream cant one !!

On Saturday morning we had a puppy training session with Lesley Olden (Nedlo agility) arranged by the Sheltie club, Todd had a great time, and I was really pleased that he stayed totally focused, as he has not been in an indoor school before and has only trained with the most 3 other young dogs. We did some little jumping exercises and also some dog walk work which again was very motivated, and had some fun on a wobble board, Todd enjoyed catching up with his mates, Kizzy and Kodac and Karen Buglers lovely young pup, who's name evades me at the moment, there was a couple of other really lovely sheltie pups there too.

Sunday afternoon was a 3 hour training afternoon with David Munnings, with Jess, she worked really well and I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, the only downside of it was Jess can just be sooooooooooo impatient and noisy and by the end of the afternoon I was exhausted!! As the whole time she is not working I have to play with her or do little tricks to keep her attention, and people say shelties are noisy, Todd is no where as gobby as her.

I am looking forward to this weekend as Todd has a puppy training with Nancy in the morning, so lets hope the weather stays nice for that, I will try to get some pictures or a little video to post.


Chi (Obay Truly Focused) said...

Was gr8 to get 2gether at the OBay residence to practice - set me up good a prober for Discover Dogs.
Sounds like you had a busier weekend of agility than mid season!
With lots of fun, just how it should be :)

Hudsondoglets said...

Wow, what a weekend. I love the off season it's so nice to go to lots of different places to train. I think training is more fun than competing - that's cos I'm useless at competing and half reasonable at training - ha ha!

Andy really enjoyed the sheltie pup training too and can't wait to go back for more.

Me too looking forward to Sunday. I have lots planned for the little pointed ones!!