Saturday, February 23, 2008

The amazing flying Frenchie!

We did it! Dax and I not only survived our first night in Intermediate Agility class - we had FUN!!! I was so nervous before class I was shivering, although the sub-freezing temperatures may have had a little to do with it.
The nerves have way more to do with me than with Dax, or class, or anything else. I'm not an athlete - I have no instinct whatsoever about where I should move, or how, or even when. I am adept at listening to people who actually know what they're doing and practising until I can do it right. I call my condition "educable klutziness." When I started in Obedience training I spent hours "heeling" by myself, just to get the footwork right. Dogs really don't like getting stepped on!
This class was the first time I've done any "courses" with Dax - multiple obstacles in sequence. She runs, she jumps, she tunnels, she climbs - most important she pays complete attention to me when we're running the course! I've never had a dog so attentive to my body language - it was very obvious when I got confused because Dax did, too. When we were on a roll - just call her the amazing Flying Frenchie!
We may not be ready for primetime competition yet - but maybe someday!

4 comments:

cookie said...

Hi and Congrats!
That sounds like fun(alot of wrok too) How long did it take for you to teach your human how to do it with you?

Bark at you later,
Cookie and crew

Amber-Mae said...

Hi there guys! Wow, great to know that you guys do Agility & OB too. I do Agility, OB, Flyball & Canine Musical Freestyle too. So glad to have found you guys in DWB webby! Do drop by my bloggie some time aight? See ya there!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

hey buddy,

welcome to www.dogswithblogs.com.au - it is great to meet you and I am sure you will make lots of new friends here :-)

love
opy

Hope said...

Hi, guys! Thank you so much for visiting!

Cookie - We've been taking agility classes for about a year (on and off), and it takes a while to learn the basic skills - like not tripping over your dog, rewarding your dog constantly with cookies, and knowing that if you make a mistake, it's always the human's fault!

Hey, Solid Gold! You're busier than we are! Are you sure you have enough nap time?

Hi, Opy! We're just starting to explore DWB - thank you for the welcome!