Riot has been very interested in Cisco’s game of catch. I’ve even thrown them more towards Riot to see what he’d do. He try for them, but was never very close. Today Cisco missed and it bounced off his nose and was coming back down toward Riot who hopped up and caught it like a pro.
So yesterday we went to get Cisco his Christmas present — a massage by Kim. I took Riot along to be introduced to Kim, being on the table, and having somone other than me handle him. Of course we walk in and it’s also orientation night so we walk in to Claudia telling people about clickers. Cisco hops up on the table and I put Riot in a crate to wait his turn. He does really well until Claudia has everyone practice clicking their clickers and he had a few words to say about that.
After we’re done with Cisco, I put him in the crate and put Riot on the table. Cisco starts whining in the crate so I try leaving Riot with Kim to put Cisco out in the car as not to disturb the orientation session who has moved on to the name game and hand targeting. Well Riot wanted nothing to do this and went crazy barking and whining and carrying on. (Guess that being left with a stranger is going to be more difficult than I thought on the CGC.) So I end up holding onto Cisco’s leash while keeping a hand on Riot for his five minute mini massage.
As I was on my way out the door with two crazy goldens, Laurie, Yuko, and Ashley stopped me and wanted to know if Riot would be their guinea pig for the new AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program test. They had been giving CGC tests that evening and didn’t have anyone from puppy class show up for the S.T.A.R. test. I figured why not — nothing like walking into a test unprepared.
In the test you can use, treats, and clickers, and whatever else. Laurie marked a bunch of the observation items from the puppy and basic obedience class we had taken with her. Then we did the pre-CGC behaviors test with a handful of borrowed treats and no clicker. He passed with flying colors.
It’s hard to believe we’re four weeks into our first agility class. Riot is doing great. Last night we worked on the tire again and got introduced to the chute — which like everything else he was ready to charge forward full speed ahead.
Claudia worked with us on some jumping exercises that we can work on at home. I only had him jumping 4 inches but as he gets older, I can repeat at higher jump heights.
We did some grid work with Kirsten. Riot has a very nice stay. The one thing we noticed is he will drive nicely to a toy, but shows no interest in it once we’re there. I got him to tug a little in class, but that was it.
One thing I noticed this week and last was towards the end of class when I asked him to sit, it was very slow if at all. I think I need to make sure the rate of reward is the same or higher at the end of class than it is at the beginning.