We had a small class last night, yet Oreo was still a bit off. Not sure why. The other dog in the class was growling in the crate while we were walking the first course, so maybe that made Oreo uneasy?
Still, Oreo was able to work with me. I simply used a lot more treats than usual. I waited for him at the end of each tunnel, and treated him just about every time he exited. As the night went on, he got more relaxed.
Our biggest difficulty seems to be the A-Frame. Even when it was the only obstacle, and it was directly in front of him, he went around it. He didn't even go on the side where I was. I don't quite understand what the problem is.
I did get Oreo to do it successfully a few times, but only in one direction. I made sure to reward heavily when he did it, but I wish I knew what was causing the aversion. Is it lack of cues on my part, or does he really not want to do the obstacle?
At one point, both Oreo and the other dog in class, went waaaaay off course. Instead of going over a jump into a tunnel, they went the opposite direction and started doing the weaves all on their own!
My teacher thought since the dogs were taking this initiative, it was a good opportunity for us to work on distance weaves.
So, on our last couple runs, I tried my hardest to distance myself from Oreo at the weave poles. I held back, and sent him ahead. Then, stayed 6 feet to the side of the poles.
Oreo did them with no problem, and I swear he was faster than usual.
Maybe Oreo wants some space?
We'll be going to take another class on Saturday. No league until next weekend.