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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Wed, May. 27th, 2009 08:08 am
Agility class #3

We arrived at class a few minutes early as some other folks were leaving. We met a couple very nice Border collies and an older dog on the way in. When we got in there, there was yet another border collie and it sounded like the guy was joining our agility class. It turned out that he wasn't -- he was there for the basic obedience class, but had the wrong night (his girlfriend told him to show up, but he was supposed to be there Thursday...oops!). I was most disappointed because I really wanted to watch a BC in class.

And then the guy proved why he was there for the other class. We were just standing there and he let his dog walk over to Dahlia (he wasn't paying much attention). The dog sniffed her, she stood there with no problem, and then suddenly the dog snapped at her. The guy just stood there and said "that's why we're taking class." WTF. You let your fear aggressive dog greet other dogs? When you KNOW he has a problems with this? He was one of those dogs who just gets overwhelmed and freaks out. He ended up having to drag the dog out because it started barking and snapping at everything, no matter how close it was. Niiice.

At any rate, we started off this class with the teeter. I pretty much figured this would be Dahlia's worst obstacle. We did it with a very short, very low to the ground teeter, that the instructor held steady underneath the dogs. The instructor put easy cheese on it at intervals and we were supposed to coax the dog up by pointing to each of them and getting the dog to lick them off. This worked somewhat well with Dahlia, but we had some problems in the beginning. I pointed at the first one and she laid down. My thought was "oh great, she's frustrated already?" And then I realized I had just given her the cue for "down" and she very nicely laid down. Oops. I ignored the bottom bits of cheese and pointed a bit higher and she went for them. Like the other dogs, she stretched out on her tippy toes in order to not put her back feet on the teeter. But eventually she did get one foot on and the instructor helped to place her on it. She took a couple steps forward and then we just let her stand there and petted her for a bit to get her used to standing on it. We never dropped the other side of the teeter, but just getting her on it was a good start!

Then class moved on to a tire jump. I wasn't sure she'd go through it, but amazingly she did (I don't think she liked my calling her a chicken! lol). She managed to go through it a few times with no problems, so she really proved me wrong!

Then we did a combination...two regular jumps, the tire jump, the pause box, and the tunnel in varying combinations. I actually saw her do a couple real jumps, rather than walking over the jumps. I was trying very hard to rile her up, get her excited. Both she and Ellie (the other female dog) seem to have a problem with not getting too excited about it. Samson (the pit bull) gets TOO excited, as does Chauncey (the Goldendoodle). Dino (the yellow lab) does really well and has real potential.

I'm really pleased with how Dahlia's doing in the class. I still don't see her as a real agility dog, but she's having fun at least.

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