Well Maggie is actually fine at home. She fits into our world well. When we go for walks we have the beach and an off leash park which she is great with and is now responsive.She gets loads of exercise and is happy and a pleasure, not destructive and just likes to mooch around with me
She is not good on lead and still pulls ahead but improving.
BUT at obedience training she is mega distractible and far more interested in anything but what I am asking her to do. One of the other participants has a child who goes over the other bit of the oval and kicks his ball around ( mega distracting for a ball obsessed BC).
I get that is fine but it doesn't help as also the two pomeranians who are continuously off lead and bouncing about.( Not doing anything awful just, distracting)
We have done obedience 1 and 2 (twice lol) The group was small and she was Ok ish but totally unreliable if off lead for example doing agility every now and again, through the tunnel and OFF!!
I started Intermediate yesterday with some trepidation, a group of ten about half of which are really quite impressive. The others mixed with Maggie sharing bottom of the obedience stack with a GS from our previous class.
It was awful, she pulled and jumped and twisted, didn't hear anything and mowed through the jumps ( must have been funny to watch though) I hated it and worked really hard to stay calm.I nearly left half way through but stuck it out and she was very slightly better by the end ( marginally). My arms ached and my hands hurt by the end.I did move away and go through simple sit and lie down sequences to try and focus her..but
I am thinking I won't go back and work a lot harder on her obedience off leash and try again in the next cycle about 3 months away.
Am I wimping out? It just was NOT fun at all.I think she would enjoy agility but she is very scatty still at 12 months and self willed.
I don't want it to be a chore as like I said we are fine at home in our normal routine, I just thought it would exercise her brain. However she turns into a lunatic and my brain is mushed..lol