I had a few general goals-
- no barking while other dogs were running
- focus and attention even when excited
- not taking equipment if not asked
- a-frame at full height
- start lines
I was very proud of him last night- during the first class where he actually got to train I kept him in a down stay when it wasn't his turn- there was no barking. I rewarded him for being calm, and staying. No spinning and panting. We warmed up with some heeling/running past equipment before each turn- he still will run out and try and take stuff, but will come when I call him- which is a pretty major thing for him. He finds agility highly rewarding without me :o)
Our first exercise looked kinda like this with a curved tunnel on one side. I worked just the circle of jumps with Boone- and then worked on decceleration with him- he doesn't really pick that up very well so we spent quite a lot of time on it. We also worked front and rear crosses. It's pretty amazing what you can do with four jumps!
Then we worked on weaves and wow! is all I can say. I haven't done any weaving at home lately but he was a weaving machine- he had some great entrances and I even managed a front cross after the poles! On this station we worked on 270's as well.
The last station we worked on the a-frame. Backchaining, Backchaining, and Backchaining some more. I had it at full height with a small target plate mostly hidden by dirt. I would say we were 90% successful. The height of the frame is making him rock back to be able to get into position and not bounce off. After about 10 reps building up from a foot from the bottom to a foot from the top I ended on a tunnel, frame, tunnel, frame sequence where he stuck his contact both times.
He is really improving a lot and I notice changes every time we train. I entered him in almost a full trial for January. We have lots of training to do before then but with consistent work I think he'll be ready.