Finally, we had our first rally class! The wind was whipping at 40 mph, and I contemplated staying home. When it is windy, the training building makes weird noises, that can sometimes bother Oreo.
The snow banks must have been braking some of the wind, because it wasn't too bad in the building.
The whole class was in the ring, with their dogs, for the entire time. About 8 pairs. This was a bit disconcerting to Oreo. It took about 20 minutes or so for him to be somewhat OK with people being in his ring.
Eventually, he started giving me eye contact, and was able to do some commands. He got a TON of treats.
Our heeling was nothing like it is at home. Oh well, we'll keep practicing.
What Oreo excelled at was sitting or laying down while I walked around him. All those days and days of relaxation protocol paid off for those moves. He was also good at 360 turns to the left, not so much with the right.
At the end of the class, we did some very short courses. Our first try didn't go so well, he wanted to sit facing me, not next to me. But the second & third courses, Oreo did awesome! I was really proud he was able to listen and do what I asked with other dogs/people in such close proximity.
I think this class is going to be so good for him. We can practice lots of things that our behaviorist wants us to work on, plus we can do it with friendly people around.
We may never do a rally trial, but I think the experience will be great for Oreo.