Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Agility update

Reilly and I are continuing on with our agility classes. But on top of our group classes, I have decided that we need some private sessions to work on some issues that Reilly and I have.

He loves agility, he loves the running and jumping and all that goes with it. But in his exuberance, he does NOT pay attention and starts running around, willy nilly and missing key contact points, which will kill us when we compete. Plus, sometimes it gets too much for him and he can't wrap his little brain around what we are doing and he gets stressed out and shuts down.

So in our private lessons we are taking things slow, and building on some basics trying to get him to a point where it does not stress him out.

Bless his heart - he's a SMART dog - I mean really smart - but I think he's just still immature, even at 3.5 yrs old. I can see him thinking so hard and the wheels are just spinning away when Sonja or I ask him to do something. Then when he FINALLY gets it and gets rewarded, it's all sunshine and happiness.

Now, not to say that he tries to get away with the minimum to still get a treat, but those days are now over. It's all black and white.

I will keep you posted on our progress.....


  1. Good luck with it! I love watching agility competitions. It's something I've always wanted to do, but just haven't found the time or right dog yet. Maybe someday!

  2. Reilly's brain isn't little! He told Emma that you need to run faster is all. I pointed out that you running faster doesn't get Reilly's foot into the contact zone but Emma said "contacts shmontacts."

    That being said, I think that having privates is an excellent idea. I did that a lot with Hannah -- sometimes splitting a one hour private with a friend working at a similar level. I look forward to hearing about his progress!

  3. Thanks! Tell Emma, thanks for the advice... I'll take it under advisement.

    And Angie I finally have THE DOG that could be a superstar if he would just FOCUS! :)

  4. Can't wait to see the pics!! I've always wanted a dog to do agility with, love watching it.