Boy is it cold. I thought our agility class might be canceled due to the frigid temperatures. My teacher went in the building at 7:30AM and it was 2 degrees or so. By the time we got there around 1PM, it was 40. Not bad.
I had to crate Oreo in the building, and I left Misty at home. Too cold to leave them in the car today, even with the sun shining.
Oreo didn't want to go in his crate at first. Really unusual for him. Typically, he drives into it, seeking safety. No, he wanted to watch the people setting up the course, and mingle. I fed him lots of treats. He accepted treats from a new person this week. She was very quiet, and waited until Oreo had adjusted to her presence and was ready to take the treats from her. Then, later in the day, she came back, and stood near us with her dog. I gave him lots of treats for that. Then, she gave Oreo a treat and he took it right away this time. Progress. Baby steps. It is nice when people step in and know what your dog needs, without you even asking for their help.
Oreo did great with the agility sequence. We had some difficult weave entries, but he got them every time. He did a fly by on the jump after the A-Frame our first run. My teacher said there was a crate rocking back and forth (a dog was in it)very close to the jump, and Oreo noticed that. He also kept taking the wrong entrance on the first tunnel. Other than that, he heated up the place. On every teeter, he gave me amazing eye contact. I think it was because the teeter was at the very back of the building, away from any scary stuff.
I had my teacher video our last run. I always feel like Oreo runs faster and happier in class, than at league and trials. I wanted some proof. I think I got it.
After this run, my teacher came over to hand me my camera, and Oreo put his paw on her arm and wouldn't let go. Sweet. More progress.
There were at least 10-12 people and dogs there, but it was so quiet during my run! All you can hear are the heaters blowing. They know Oreo gets distracted by noises, aren't they kind to help us out like that?
I also got talked into running the most intense border collie on the planet.
Uh yea, I'm glad that's not my dog. He kept looking at me like, "You are the stupidest human on the planet, where's my mother?" I love to watch his owner handle him though!