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Agility: Week 4

Posted by shana on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Tonight I failed Wally big time. I forgot treats for class! He was appalled that all I had was a baggie of dog kibble, stale no doubt, that I found in the car once we got to class. Luckily another classmate was able to loan me some treats, which Wally approved of.

In addition to continuing to review the other obstacles, tonight was the first night with the a-frame at fully height. Wally needs more of a running start than I gave him, poor guy, so he had to really scramble to get up, and in the process scrambled right off the top onto my head. I survived, and so did he considering I broke his fall. Note to self – give a head start to the huge gorilla. Luckily he wasn’t┬átraumatized┬áby it and had no problem trying again with a better running start this time. He is also getting better about his down at the bottom, as long as I cue it in time. Handling a dog that can hear seems to be presenting me with all manner of new challenges, it makes working a deaf dog seem downright easy! Moving, thinking AND effectively talking are remarkably hard.

We are moving along with the teeter, allowing it to come down harder with more impact and sound. So far he’s doing well, although he has a hard time keeping his feet on the board and maintaining his balance as it falls. Its not easy when your natural stance puts your feet at least 12″ apart, and the teeter board is 12″ wide…

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This blog is a journal to record my progress in training a Tibetan Mastiff, known for their independent and untrainable nature, to compete at the highest levels of AKC Agility and Obedience. Succeed or fail, my hope is our journey is inspirational to my fellow TM owners, as well as a source of humor and humility for dog lovers everywhere.

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