Oreo has chute issues. He wouldn't go in at camp, and last night at class he wouldn't go in either. Stops at the entrance, turns his head to the side. Stress signals. Red light.
This is a new thing. Started at the teacup trial. At that trial, he went thru the chute on our first run, but never again.
Last night's class, felt like we were back in beginners! My teacher rolled the chute way back, and then we unrolled it a bit for each pass. We are now at the point where it is unrolled about 1/4th.
Of course, Oreo does the chute perfectly fine at home.
If there happens to be a chute in our CPE trial in a couple weeks, we will go around it. I won't add stress upon stress at this point. Haven't had a chute in CPE yet, but wouldn't it be our luck?
Other than the chute, Oreo had a great class. He was very willing to do lots of tricks for me, both before and after his runs. I am trying to get him to focus more on me before and after we go in the ring. Less time to stress about surroundings. Plus, he's still running that dogwalk. Don't know why, but I'll take it!
Unfortunately, it was very hot and humid. Seems like every Wednesday night the weather is the same. I called it quits before everyone else. I ran out of energy, and as a result, Oreo started running slower, because he sensed my lack of enthusiasm. That's the last thing I want.
Hoping next week it isn't quite so hot.
I emailed the trial secretary for our next CPE trial, and requested a move down for Oreo. Now, we will be doing all level 2 runs. He emailed me back, and said he did the same thing with his dog, and it helped them a lot. He kept his dog at level 1, until they earned the level 1 thousand point title. That way he wouldn't be enticed to move his dog up, just because they had one good day. I'm going to toss that idea around in my head today. Sounds like a good plan.