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Agility Class: Obstacle Discrimination

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!

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Video: Nova at Agility Class

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!

New Windows!

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.

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Photo of the Day: Sun


I was hoping to get the sun a bit higher, but I was a few minutes late.

Photo of the Day: Up

Nova knows a “dance” command that means get on your hind legs and move around.


Photo of the Day: Welcome

I know last month was an epic fail in posting a new photo every day of the month, so for now, I’ll post photos as I’m able.


Nova’s “welcome” almost always involves barking. The first part to ward off intruders and then to scold you for leaving her. The second is often done with a bone / antler in her mouth.

September Photo Challenge: Day 11: Hero


A day late and not a new photo, but it’s the best I could come up with.