Turns out Rio is an evil genius, who knew?
She was flawlessly perfect at agility training this week. Crazy enthusiastic but uber focused and keen, choosing tuggy over distractions (even in the form of that mistress of temptation, Fly!) and working like a super puppy.
We started with some recalls through tunnels, which is always a nice way to begin, and then did some work down a line of four jumps. I thought she’d struggle with the line since it’s a step up from what we’ve done before, and she has shown a slight tendency to veer in towards me. Typical baby dog stuff! Apparently it’s not a problem though, she was running on to her tuggy beautifully and seemed to really understand her job.
We finished with some send on to tunnels and then back down the line of jumps. I was gently introducing the idea of a rear cross as she went into the tunnel but she had no problems with that, tunnels are fun.
I still think I might give her some time off for a while, as we do still need to work on her focus, and I need to make a plan for the next few months. I can do foundation and I can do agility training, but the transition from foundation to actual agility is the part I find difficult.
Dylan got to skip this training session as well, although he’s much improved after his trip to the vet. I think he’ll probably be fine to go to flyball training on Thursday evening, especially since it’s only boxwork for him anyway.