The reason I posted the cell phone photo from agility class last night was to show you how relaxed Oreo looked during class. What you couldn't see in the photo were the people & dogs behind him. Despite their presence, Oreo was able to lay (lie? I can never get those words right, help me out editor) down! He even drank water. Oreo let his guard down, and relaxed while waiting his turn. Amazing transformation for my dog.
Agility wise, Oreo did great. He jumped 12 inches for the first time at school since February. He only dropped one bar, but I think that had to do with my overenthusiastic praise and pulling him toward the next obstacle.
Oreo did the chute for the first time in probably a year (besides at our at home). That was a shocker. I think he was ready to bail halfway through the chute, but he plowed through. We never see the chute in trials, so we don't practice it very often.
I also had my teacher act as "judge", since she will be our real judge this Saturday. Oreo didn't even look at her while running. Although, he did make some sideways glances toward the "crowd".
Overall, Oreo was awesome! Confident.
I am so excited for our trial. Now, I have to do the weather dance to keep the rain away.
My goal for the trial? OK, my wish....I'd like to beat our previous yards per second numbers, since I think that is our strongest indicator of gaining confidence. We'll see what happens.
Come what may, I am happy to have a healthy dog, who is willing to jump through hoops for me.