Monday, February 3, 2014
I took Chewy to his first agility league match this past Saturday. I was really worried about how he would handle it, since our last trial experience was pretty much a disaster!
It was held at our school, so at least he was familiar with the setting. Plus, I knew the ability to have treats in the ring would be a huge help.
On our first run, I didn't get a sit at the start, he bailed the teeter, ran past the weaves, then hopped on every obstacle he could, even when I didn't want him to! I laughed a lot during that run. Chewy did go through the tire, instead of under it! WhooHoo! I treated him for his contacts, for his tire, and for being cute.
When it was time for our second run, he pulled me to the building. Clearly, whatever nervous energy he had in the ring was forgotten!
Our second run went much better. It was a game, so I could make up my own course. I avoided the teeter, and stuck with his favorites - contacts! We had a really good run. Chewy stayed at the startline. He stuck every contact, and stayed with me the whole time. He handled the 'judge' yelling out numbers and standing right in front of the tunnel entrance I was trying to send him in! Chewy just went around him. Such a good boy. That run felt really good.
The game rules were complicated, one where you had to guess how many points you would score before you enter the ring. Well, my brain must be exhausted from having to predict what scores my 72 human students are going to get on their final exams for my yearly evaluation, because I really underestimated how many points we would get. No big deal though. Unlike school, these points don't really matter!
Overall, I'm glad we went!
I don't plan on doing a lot of trialing with Chewy. Trialing just isn't my thing. But I do plan on doing a few small trials this summer. Hopefully, by exposing him to league matches, our next trial experience will go a bit smoother.
I really don't want Chewy to find agility stressful in anyway. Been there with another dog, and don't ever want to be there again. If he isn't having fun at trials, we'll just stick to our fun classes.
Written by Sara at 12:00 AM