Went to agility class last night....in the dark! That clock change brings us light for a morning walk, but makes the drive to class pitch black. I guess there is no making me happy.
What a difference the weather can make! No rain/wind this week. The building wasn't rattling. Oreo was relaxed, happy, and dare I say.....confident.
Oreo had one weak moment when a dog barked and a loud truck drove by at the same time, and he went running away from me. However, I called him to the tunnel (the obstacle he was on), he went in and I rewarded him. Then, we were good for the rest of the evening.
We practiced some teetering in a sequence, and I did some isolated teetering as well. He did pretty good. A few times, I caught him stopping to glance around, but only for a second. I kept my movement going, so I think that encouraged him to go too.
What I found most thrilling last night was Oreo taking obstacles on his own! Without me directing him to go to them.
Now many people would be upset, and correct their dogs for taking off course obstacles, but silly me was thrilled! I was saying, "OK, you can do an extra obstacle!"
Oreo was showing signs of independence. He was working away from me. Showing love of the obstacles themselves. He was playing. Aren't those signs of confidence?
When I had walked into the building, my teacher had asked, "Is there anything in particular you want to work on tonight?"
I said, "No, I just want Oreo to be happy."