|"Zenzi, want to play Agility?"|
Here's the course:
So we made it through 1-8 by the end. We could have finished it, but we didn't want to push it. Zenzi isn't totally committing to the obstacles yet, and that particular go was a HUGE improvement over our initial runs, so we stopped there. Yes, we did all those front crosses rather neatly. :)
Meanwhile, between runs, I'm working with Zenzi on being quiet in her crate while we wait. She won't just nom on a bully stick in her crate anymore. She will chew a bully stick waiting on her mat, but she won't stay on her mat through exciting agility goings on, even with a barrier. It takes almost constant reinforcement now. I can wait two seconds, I have to reward for every noise, and I can now sit on top of the crate instead of in front of it.
Laurie keeps saying she's becoming a border collie. She's becoming less food-driven, and more toy-motivated when we're doing agility. Food is great for walks, obedience training, trick training...
"Agility = no more foods, Mom."
"Let me TUG something!"
After the coursework, we started PVC box targeting in preparation for contact obstacles (A-frame). Zenzi already knows how to target a box with her four paws, so we progressed to naming it "Hit It" today. The box was about 10 feet away, and I would click when she put all four paws in, then toss a treat out and away to the side to restart.
Proud Mama Moments:
- Ranaye said, "I love watching Zenzi run. Her tail is beautiful."
- Laurie said, "Yep, she's [Zenzi's] talented."
- Zenzi remembered our box work from baby puppyhood!
- I'm getting better with my cue timing.
- Deceleration is a cue
- Maneuvers (lateral step means a gradual turn)
- Body cues: shoulders, arms, stance, eyes, mouth/speech