At agility class this week the instructor had her two shelties and little terrier pup with her. Ranger was so excited to meet them all and of course played with the puppy. Which of course got him excited and barking (the young girl’s mother even said how loud and scary his bark was *rolls eyes* My dog’s bark is insane).
He seemed more focused on the cavaletti, with only the final pole or two being trickier as he tried to regain my eye contact. The crawl tunnel was lower and he willingly went through; his hips wanted to take the tunnel with him a bit though haha.
We worked on having the dogs work round a circle of jumps with us on the inside; just walking with them off leash and using our bodies to keep them in the right area. Ranger did well when he wasn’t watching me, and went past the other two waiting dogs (I think the aussie has left our class meaning it’s Ranger and two little shelties remaining) continuing over the jumps…I was so proud!
Worked more on the one-jump exercise. Ranger has a tendency to drag his hind legs through (slide the inside leg over the bar) so we’re keeping the treat out 2 feet until he gets his front legs over giving him some extra room to work. It did help and I’m now thinking a single jump at home to work with would be a great asset.
Things to work on with Ranger…yes, we got homework!
– precision sits (sitting into his front leg position – tucking bum – instead of rocking back)
– starting position (between legs circling round side from front).
– eye contact with treats in both hands held away from body (she used him as the demo: offered different behaviours, including jumping on her *d’oh* before working it out. Impulse control games are always a good bet for him)
Next week is our last session and then our new class will be on Wednesday evenings. The people in that class have moved a little slower and we’re moving a little faster so hopefully we meet right in the middle.
The new foster arrived. A withdrawn, growly, 5 year old lab mix. She hated the rescue worker for the whole drive until she realized she was being left with new people at which point she clung to her like white dog hair on a black skirt. She has no interest in Ranger and has made it quite clear. Luckily, Ranger takes growling very seriously and she is getting all the space she needs. She’s living in the kitchen right now, which means Ranger isn’t missing out on night-time cuddles or other attention.
I’m just so impressed with my lunk head interacting with her. Originally she didn’t want him even within eyesight, but slowly he’s worked his way up to the hallway entrance without upsetting her. He listens to me if I ask him to back up, and enjoys all the extra treats he’s been getting.