Pre-agility: Week 1

Whew! This class was pretty stressful (for me and the dog). I kinda felt like I was being rushed around to the different stations. Gambit’s recall is absolutely terrible, and her being terrified of everything definitely doesn’t help. I’m pretty sure the other dog that was there was aggressive or something, since it seemed like she wouldn’t let her dog near Gambit at all.

We did work on the ladder, which Gambit did well on. Like most things, she was fearful at first. She was pretty bad at the chained jumps, but I think she showed improvement. Weirdly enough, she did awesome with the tunnel, and I thought that was going to be one of her most difficult obstacles. The tire, on the other hand… I couldn’t really get her to go near it by the end of the night. She did do really well with the table, though.

Obviously, she needs a lot of work. Her recall is still in the shitter, but my trainer said it’s likely because she’s so afraid of everything. So now I gotta recruit somebody to help me with it, oi.

Pre-agility Orientation

I went to Gambit’s orientation tonight. I AM SO EXCITE.

In six weeks, we are going to be running a full (baby) course! There’s only one other person in the class, too, so it’s going to be extra awesome and I’ll get a lot of one-on-one time. And actually, next week, the other student won’t be there, so I’m going to get a full hour of private training, huzzah!

Gambit and her new toy.

I think I also found a toy that will keep Loki out of Gambit’s hair for a little while, so that’s awesome. I also got Gambit a new toy because whatever, she needs one that Loki isn’t allowed to have.

Puppy confidence: Week 1

I’m going to try and keep up with the progress of the dogs on here so I can look back and see how terrible they were once upon a time (hah).

Loki actually did really well at his class tonight. His eyes were on me pretty much the whole time, he ignored the other dogs for the most part, and even though his stay was a little bit crap at first, he did eventually get to the point where I could back away about 20 feet, wait 10-20 seconds, and return without him getting up. Overall: awesome.

Unrelated to puppy class, but Gambit would not come to me at the dog park. At all. I’m going to stop taking her there until she has a better recall. I can’t be chasing her around for 30 minutes in below-freezing weather, ugh. I’m going to have to start feeding her all her meals as treats, because this not-coming-when-called nonsense has to stop. I already changed the word from “come” to “front,” since I heard that could help. We’re basically starting from square one. It’s so frustrating, and I really hope that she behaves well enough for her class in a couple of weeks.