We started with our warm up inside with some puppy pushups, listening skills, and ball work. Ranger saw the ball and immediately tried crawling onto it making him the demo dog. He doesn’t mind going forward on it, but trying to manage his hind legs moving backward in a straight line while his front end was up on the ball ended in more arcs than straight lines. We have a ball at home so I need to find a pump and fill it up.
Outdoor classes are still giving us the add bonus of additional distractions. We started with tunnel-jump and have found that all my movements need to be slow for now. No running or even jogging since the minute the black ball of Ranger catapults out of the end he forgots everything except Ooooo, Hooman is moving! and misses the following jump. A few times he blasted past, but eventually he slowed down enough for us to calmly manage the next piece.
He loves to teeter so far (which means I must have done something right in our original class last summer which started with him terrified of the movement and bang) and he’s now making his way over slightly more settled (but still strong, I’m glad I’m not holding him on that side) and waiting to be released.
The class divided and we worked on two different stations for the rest of the class. In one, we worked on the A-frame. Eventually we had them going over on their own, clicking for contact touch, feeding in a marked area at the bottom and then hopping over a little jump. Honestly I’m not sure if he saw the jump, but he always went over it.
The other station was working on a ramp and having the dog go down to the end, placing their front feet off (while maintaining hind foot contact) and nose targeting a disc. Ranger didn’t eat the disc (yay!) but he definitely punched it with his nose, flipped it around with paw targeting and generally was a clumsy boy haha.
Have to get into doing some training this weekend to get ready for next week, but for now I am hoping for some long walks in the (finally) nice weather.