Here’s a quick video that shows the importance of maintaining eye contact, not with your dog, but with the path and obstacles your dog should be taking. The course diagram and a second video are after the break.
Nova had a friend over for playtime today! Her name is Lily and she is about 6 years old and is a Sheltie / BC mix. They took a little bit of time to get used to each other and didn’t play as much as we were hoping, but they got a couple of games of chase in.
Nova had some EXCELLENT recalls in the yard though, so much that we decided to let her go off lead. Highlights include recalling off of a low-energy chase and recalling off of chewing a stick.
This past Friday, we took Nova to a new agility class and had a great time! Since it was at a new location, we didn’t have very high hopes for Nova so we set the bar low for what we would consider a success. Nova did better than we could ever expect. She only ran away once, but she was very confused about what was being asked and she was caught quickly by another trainer.
The class was kind of large so it was split into two groups: a “beginner” intermediate section and “advanced” intermediate section. I was all ready to move over to the beginner section, but the instructor told us to stay on the advanced section since Nova already knew most of the obstacles.
Our focus this week was on “obstacle discrimination” and specifically when the obstacles are very close together. The course diagram above shows the first three obstacles and then the three “options” a dog might have for the fourth obstacle. Descriptions of how we tackled each option as well as video from the course after the break!
It’s been a while since I posted a video of our agility practice, so here’s some footage from tonight’s class. I’m really proud of her weaves and she stayed pretty focused even when I messed up the handling!
We’ve had two windows in our house that weren’t under warranty and so we began looking into getting a new kitchen window and a new guest bathroom window. I’m not sure how well it came out in the photos, but the seal on these windows was broken which meant they were constantly fogging up and leaking air.