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!