Good job Nugget<: Nugget's Dad - Stay calm - and take it easy! All my prayers that this is safe, quick, and easy!
Class was this-that today. My brain was not entirely there, partly because I got to get up and leave an hour earlier to work at a new location. So left the house at 5:30 this morning. o_O I was fine until nearly 13 hours later when I sat down at class and felt like a sack of thoroughly mashed potatoes. Directed Jumping
- I took his favorite moose toy to class. He was jumping each and every time. ANYTHING to get HIS toy. I just had to harness that and make sure he jumped only on command. I mixed it up, and he pretty much followed direction each time. Tres kewl. Heeling
- Good, except she decided to throw in some "turn in place" left turns and side steps at each left turn. Jacks doesn't always remember he has a butt. Today was one of those days. We also did signals too, which we admittedly have put on the back burner while focusing on jumps here at home. Figure 8
- Unfortunately, our instructor was right there and continuing where she left off with the left turns. She wanted us to heel box patterns with the figure 8's to train the dogs to tuck their butts in while doing the loop with us. My dog still didn't remember he had a backside that could do things like that. So basically we flunked this one. Moving Stand
- We have worked on this, and he actually did this pretty good. The poor guy looked freaked out as the instructor got a bit too friendly with him doing the utility exam. One issue we had was him anticipating the stand command. He was lagging and just getting ready to stop+stack. He did the moving stand just fine and his call to heel was nice. Drops
- He did these VERY good. LOL. She put a hot dog on the floor behind him. The first time he didn't realize that was there. But after the first jackpot, that was all he could think about. I actually had a problem getting him set up because he was making googoo eyes at the instructor. He did a nice couple drops. Fronts
- We did straight fronts seperately. Just one. He did fine. He was slightly crooked, but not that noticably so. I'll work on fronts this week if I get a chance... Broad Jump
- Did very nicely. Same routine. #1 with treat target. #2 with tossed treat and #3 with me praising him the instant he lands and rewarding him when he comes in. Each of these were straight fronts. Go figure. High Jump
- Set up for 20". His confidence was still running pretty high about jumps after our pre-class practice (anything for his favorite stuffy toy), and he did these pretty good. The dumbbell bounced into the agility stuff on the side there. He got spooked about going in there to get it, but worked throw all that nicely and came back to jump. Very positive experience that I took and moved on. Dumbbell / flat
- Nice eager retrieves, but as before, all focus was on getting him come in straight. I'm not becoming resigned about him having a constantly crooked butt, but I know it's something we will always be working on. Stays
- I mainly worked on training. There was one break, but that was when he knew I was coming in to correct him for moving his butt around. He got up and came to meet me with his "I'm so sorry mom, don't be mad" look. I didn't buy it. This happened at the 3 minute mark. :P I did 2 minutes extra with the sit stay when everyone else was doing down stays. This time his butt stayed locked in place and I went up to reward him and then put him into a down. Down stay I moved all the way over. Stayed in sight, but right there where everyone else disappears out of sight. Baby steps we go...
That's all. Must crash now. ><_><