We started off with easy stuff - name recognition, touch the target, touch our hand. Then, we had the dogs walk a board. I've been having Misty do that at home (leaf in the table, not an actual board). She got on and walked, but never made it down the whole thing without letting a paw off. Still, she did good. I've seen dogs refuse to walk the board at all.
Finally, we ended with a small tunnel. The other shetlie went ahead of us, and had a really hard time going through. I cheered when he finally went through, with the lure of some warm meatball. Misty went right through the tunnel, so I was really proud of her, and she even did some tail wagging afterward.
Oreo barked a bit in the crate while Misty's class was going on, but not as bad as I had feared. I had planned on putting him in the car if he got too obnoxious. For the most part, he was patient.
Oreo's class had only 2 dogs show up today, so we got a lot of time on the equipment. We practiced a lot of sequencing, and Oreo did well. We did jumps with "wings" for the first time. I almost ran right into them a couple times. Oreo did OK with them, until we got to the jump by the heater, then I used a treat filled container to throw over the jump and that seemed to work.
Then, my teacher wanted to see Oreo weave. Most of the other dogs in our class had been learning to channel weave, which I think had been confusing Oreo since he already knows how to weave. The other dog at class today is learning the 2x2 method. So, today was the perfect day for both dogs to practice their own method. Our teacher seemed happy with Oreo's weaving, and asked what method he had learned. Uh, pulling him through the poles with a squeaky toy? Is that a method? It seems to have worked. She said his entries are very consistent. Yea.
At the end of class we did a bit more "go on" work. That didn't go so well. My teacher told me to bring his ball to class next week. Then, we did baby snakes! One of our favorites! Thanks to Lian, Oreo flew right through that exercise. We've been practicing baby snakes for months, since Lian emailed us the diagram. Where's the easy button when you need it?
When we got home, both dogs were completely exhausted!