Rush’s first day of agility training

I’d forgotten how exhausting puppies are!

(I figured out yesterday that Rush is half-Russian and his name is half-Russian too. It was unintentional but I’m glad it’s there! One more thing that makes his name right for him.)

Rush had his first day of agility training yesterday 😉 I took him to Debbie’s for my regular lesson with her.

Last weekend I took Dancer to the WAG Newport trial. It was a great trial but Dancer had a little difficulty with her contacts–specifically, I think she got one a-frame contact the whole weekend! She only got two Qs, one in Tunnelers (6th place) and one in Chances (and her Elite Chances title). So in yesterday’s lesson, Dancer worked on her contacts–of course she’s flawless in practice!–and, as usual these days, I worked with Elly on heeling and stays, with an occasional tunnel thrown in.

For Rush’s first lesson at the barn, Debbie, Rush, and I worked on playing with toys, restrained recalls, and Rush ignoring the noise while Dancer banged on the teeter.

Debbie thinks he’s brilliant, of course (and she’s right). She held Rush while I ran ahead and called his name; she released him, and I threw a toy slightly ahead of me. As soon as he grabbed it, I backed up a little, and he immediately came toward me with the toy so we could play. We did that three or four times and he thought that was the best fun.

For the teeter noise, Debbie just sat with Rush on her lap while Dancer did the teeter, and gave him lots of treats. We don’t want him to be noise sensitive!

I have also been working with Rush on the ItsYourChoice game. He’s already learned to sit politely in front of an open hand with his kibble in it and wait for me to hand him a piece at a time. What a smart dog! Debbie played ItsYourChoice with him too.