All the puppies at the workshop were between 5 and 7 months so were pretty much at the same level although you could see that some had more foundation work then Keltic. I think we were the only ones who have never played "crate games", and I'm not sure we will either.
The agenda for the day included:
How dogs learn,
Acceleration and deceleration,
Extension and collection,
Foundation work for front crosses and rear crosses, and
Beginning distance work with cones.
It was a very ambitious program and by the end of the day I think not only were the puppies pretty worn out but so were the humans.
|Aussie puppy Fudge Ripple doing some ball work|
|Keltic's buddy Sam working with the teeter board.|
On both the restrained recalls and deceleration exercise, Keltic comes up to my left side and stops just wonderfully but on the right side he tries to go behind me to get over to the left side.
On the jump grids, he did great on the collection grid, especially considering we had never done more than one jump in sequence before. He was a good boy and held his sit stay, letting me lead out to the third jump and doing all three jumps to get his toy. I do have to get him more motivated for tugging and his toys so that he will really drive out to those jumps.
We have lots of work to do over the winter and next spring and summer. Now though we have lots of exercises we can work on to help develop those agility skills which the seminar presenter says largely boils down to being able to send, run and recall.