Just wanted to tell you that Frosty and I had our first go at Agility today...
And it went really well. She did stay on lead though.
Yesterday's obedience classes were cancelled - too hot. But I went along and did all the stuff for renewing to get the money stuff out the way. It's $55 this year (eek). And I asked about coming to Agility.
So tonight I rock up for Agility. I get a yellow tag and sign "the book" which must be done every week. And I line up with the beginners. There's three of us and three dogs - well bitches = all girl class and female instructor too.
So there's a ridgeback like dog - maybe a little shorter but very boofy, and there's Frosty, neither of these or handlers had seen an agility anything much let alone tried to persuade dog to do any of it, and the third person - with a kelpie x collie (that's lassie not BC), who was an extremely experienced handler, and had been practicing at home, but it was the first time with new distractions and kelpie x found Frosty very distracting, and Frosty was doing her best trollop impersonation.
So we start with a spread (two planks wide) and a hoop, and I'm a little late and all Frosty wants to do is eat the lead. But she gets it sort of nearly. It's fun doing hoops and stuff with the lead still on.
The kelpie x made the weave look really easy. Frosty said but we just went that way and now you want me to go this way - can't I just run around? I think she was getting it and then we had to change apparatus. She loves the hurdles and she loves the table and she did a good job of the mountain scrabble thingy. Not real sure about the tunnel, all I was worried about was catching her the other side, since I'd had a lot of trouble getting her back on lead the day before. But Frosty never looked like she wanted to be anywhere else.
So excellent fun.
The biggest eye opener was how many dogs doing "off lead" work - came to visit. Although the dog that was clearly having the most fun being where it shouldn't and not doing what it was told and not coming when called, turned out to be someone taking their dog for a "walk" in the parklands. Effective control - Right. We suggested she come on Tuesday when there are *obedience* classes.
There was a fun mix of dogs to. Ms very experienced (forgot her name already) - her competition dog is a Staffy that looks very like my brother's, and her other dog is a tan and white bull terrier - completely friendly sooky. And the kelpie x is her mum's from AWL (same as Frosty), and she's training it too.
There were also the predictable tribe of BCs and very demanding they were too, and shelties, and little fluffy things, and other farm type dogs of indeterminate parentage. And something that looked like a minature airdale and a cocker spaniel - who were really enjoying themselves.
The whole thing was so much more laid back than obedience classes. I knew I'd like it more. But I probably need both for a while.
PS about the on lead, the agility people prefer flat collars to slip collars, so I changed Frosty back to her regular collar, and Indigo's owner did the class in a slip collar with a little less control ie you pull on the lead and there is a delay before something happens. We'll know for next time.