Today I wanted to get shots of all my dogs leaping over one of the jumps in the backyard. With a little bit of tennis ball reward, they were quite happy to comply.
It was a bit challenging at first, because I don’t generally set them up behind a jump and then crouch down and call them from a face-on position with the facebox over my eye. But dogs are so amazing, they’ll try just about anything!
I even got Piper to go OUT on command, make her away around the opposite side of the jump, set herself up and then leap over on command. Make no mistake, this is a HUGE step for Piper. I spent literally years trying to get Piper to understand what a “go out” command was, and it was just too difficult for her to do, because her default behaviour is to stand on my sneakers. But she’s worked really hard to understand what I want, and even though it kind of makes her unhappy to do it, she will now comply!
And of course, after all that exciting set up, I didn’t actually even get a halfway decent photo of it. And because I wanted to leave it on a successful note, I didn’t make her do it again.
Dexter did it though. And again, for all you worryworts out there ;-) I don’t do anything more than the simplest and shortest of one jump exercises with Dex yet, and very occasional gridwork. I’m just mostly letting him be a puppy.
I even thought I’d try it with TWooie.
(look how narrow Dexter is. He looks like I slammed him between two hardcover books before taking him out to play!)
It was not successful.
I didn’t even try with Maggins. I’ve done no agility training at all with her, because despite all your pushy comments (*ahem*) she is not making my home her home. I know, I suck.
But I did the next best thing to keeping her … I adopted her to the nice people who have Dexter’s sister Ally! They met her last night, and just loved her right away. But then, how could you not?
This cattledog puppy was so cute, she made EVERYONE play with her. I mean, EVERYONE.
Poor TWooie did not get to come to the park(for obvious reasons) – he had to stay in the van (parked in the shade, doors wide open) where he made Sad Noises for the entire two hours. To make it up to him, this morning I let him engage in his New Favourite Activity Ever:
TWooie would like very much if they would fall out of the nest, and into his mouth.
In case you’re wondering if “I’m Terrible” I did not actually set that ladder up there to teach TWooie how to help himself to swallow the swallows. I put it there so I could take photos of the super ugly babies for you.
Enjoy your super sunny weekend folks!