Riot is so serious in his obedience class. We did a lot more work on heeling and greeting strangers, being brushed and having our feet touched. I think his reactions in class are the way they are because of his concentration on me. It’s like don’t bother me, I really want the treat my mom has. We started work on walking through a crowd which he did great focusing on me the whole time. We worked on stays and recalls. His heeling is starting to get a lot better, but he has no idea how to walk on a loose leash when not heeling. I think I need to work on that with him.
This morning was also Riot’s first snow. It was quite disappointing as most of the grass wasn’t even covered. I don’t think Riot really noticed, but I took a picture anyway.
We had such a great class tonight. We started out with some very basic sequences (jump to tunnel) after we reviewed for some of the dogs in our group how to go through a curved tunnel. Riot, thinks anything agility related is just way too much fun and can’t get enough of it. He loved tunnels. He even got to show a border collie how they’re done tonight.
After that we did some board work. He’s raring to go. We need to work on making sure that he stays on the board until he’s released. But no problems keeping his back paws on and finding the target. It took a few times for him to stop bringing me the target when I released him. The teeter in class still has no tip to it, but he’ll run back and forth all day. He went flying through the air when he leap/lunged for the table when it wasn’t his turn and the leash caught him. The dog even loves the buja board. I have to pull him away when our turn at the contact stations is up.
Last but not least we did some grid work and played with the spider. Yeah, my 6 month old puppy has an awesome stay. I actually take his leash off for most exercises. Compared to Cisco at this age the difference is night and day.
You’d think after all of that work in agility class he’d come home and crash. Nope. He comes home plays with Cisco and has the zoomies. All of this even more so than other nights.
Riot is now 6 months and starting his 3rd session of classes. He’s taking Agility Foundation 2 (Mondays) and CGC Obedience (Thursdays).
Riot loves his agility class. He especially loves the wood. I’m constantly having to redirect his attention away from the contact obstacles. He’ll do three baby teeters and want to go back for more and more and more. We worked a lot of rear end awareness, played on the buja board, and worked on stays and did our first 3 jump (errr hump) sequence. We even started laying the foundation for front crosses. He stays focused for the first 2/3rds of class, but by then end he’s starting to lose focus. I’m trying different things and we’re getting better.
CGC Obedience tonight was fun. I love the attention this dog has. He’s a wild and crazy golden, but his focus is getting better and better (now if there were only less treat remnants on the floor for him to get distracted by and seek out). We started working on CGC behaviors tonight. Surprisingly he wasn’t thrilled with his instructors touching his feet. We have handled his feet and ears daily since we got him. So I’m not sure if it was more of a “hey lady leave me alone, I’m trying to focus here” thing or what.
I’m getting smarter with him. He’s very intense during class and is either totally focused on me or is scouring the floor to see what treats he can find. I’d love to get him when he’ll just chill, but we’re not there yet. At the beginning and end of class while the instructors are talking I sit on the floor with him and put him on his back like we’ve done with him since he was a pup. This is the best way I’ve found to get him to relax. I can focus more on what the instructors are saying and he’s not being so intense. During class while the instructors are talking I try to keep him engaged. This is usually done by proofing stays or working on hand touches at this point. We need to add to his trick list.
Berkley went to the vet on the 30th and Riot went with him to be weighed. He’s finally broken the 30 pound barrier he had been stuck at for so long and is up to 33 pounds. Yay! Riot was so good at the vet’s office we were there for an hour and a half and I couldn’t have asked him to be any better behaved.
So we’re in between sessions with classes and we’ve been doing lots of work on our own. Every night we’ve thrown bumpers (with the exception of last night because it was so cold and windy), we’ve worked on our rear positioning and awareness on our flat board, we’ve done done/stays or sit/stays for meals and we’ve done a bit of heeling work (we need to do more).
Today we went over and played some agility. We even tugged a bit while we were there! We did some teeter work, some tables, tunnels, jumps, and tires.