Saturday, November 29, 2008

a new role model

Even with a ton of distractions, Oreo had a good class today.

There were new people, new dogs, barking dogs in crates, heater fans blowing, and a junior handler showing us the ropes with her amazing border collie.

That was a lot for Oreo, but he handled it all with confidence. He only got nervous when the one crazy border collie was doing a definite alert type of barking.

Other than that Oreo was focused and relaxed. He even let one of the young girls get close enough to pet him, albeit very briefly.

Our teacher had invited the junior handler (she's 12) to our class, to demonstrate how to do a perfect 2o/2o contact on the A-Frame. All I could say was, "Wow". What amazing control she had with her border collie. It was really fun to watch. I think the dogs really like working with kids, because kids can run faster than us old folks!

Later in the class, the junior handler was working with a border collie she and her mom are taking care of temporarily. The dog has had minimal agility training. First, the mom took her through the sequence we were working on, and the dog did OK, but had to be rewarded with treats every couple of obstacles. Her daughter kept saying, "Keep going mom....don't stop to give her treats."

So, the next time, the daughter handled the dog on the course. She ran the dog through the whole sequence, without stopping to reward the dog with treats. The dog ran the course perfectly, and I've never seen a dog run through a tunnel so fast! They're not sure, but they think today may be the first time the dog has gone through a tunnel.

That young girl is now my role model! It was like she had that dog under a spell. I've never seen anything like it.

Oreo did good on that sequence himself. In fact, he had a near perfect class today. I think going to practice the day before really made a difference.


Diana said...

Sounds like it was a very fun class. Diana

Ricky the Sheltie said...

It's good to know that Oreo did well in the class even with a lot of distractions! We agree that going to practice the day before a class makes a big difference!