WonderDogs, the place where Belle and I take our agility classes, is in need of some financial help. I really love this place and I’m really upset that I might lose it. I understand that not everyone can afford to donate, but every little bit helps. If you can’t help financially you can at least share the campaign.
I didn’t post for class #5 and we couldn’t go to class #6 because Belle was in heat but lemme tell you about class #7.
We were a small class this week and one of my instructors was not there. We had an addition to our class this week, a corgi named Max.
We started with the chute (closed tunnel) which Belle notoriously does not like. But we made some big progress tonight. At first she went half way in, backed out, then followed me around the tunnel. So my instructor folded up the chute and fed her treats while she went in the tunnel, but after every treat Belle backed out. She did eventually go through the whole chute but only once I was at the end.
I am beginning to wonder how long it will take her to run through the tunnel without me at the end of it.
My GoPro came in last week and I immediately strapped it onto Belle. Just for the record: She hates the GoPro Fetch harness. But she’s getting more used to it each time I put it on her. I almost always have Belle on a leash so I mount the camera on her front so that it’s not constantly getting smacked by the leash.
Without further ado: I give you Belle-O-Vision (BTV)
Just a funny side note: No one asked me why I was recording/taking pictures of class until I put a GoPro on Belle.
But now that everyone knows, people have been staying out of my camera shots! Hooray!
On to class:
We started with a low jump. Normally, Belle goes over these fine. I mean, she hesitates some but it’s not like she’s terrified to jump over anything… or on anything… or anyone… but she wouldn’t go over the jump at the beginning of class. As it turns out, someone had to poop.
Wow, Vlog #6? I don’t believe myself. I must be lying. I think the third class is a great time to reflect on what I’ve learned so far.
- Bring poop baggies. Belle likes to start class that way.
- One bag of treats is not enough.
- I must work with her everyday in order to see results.
- Don’t tell Belle “no” when she messes up.
- Be more energetic when training her.
The first two things might sound funny, but I’m tired of cleaning up after Belle even though I take her outside before class starts, and she eats a lot of treats.
Belle and I had our second agility class. I’d love to say that it went smoothly but a certain furry four legged friend of was a giant pain in the rear. On the plus side, Belle didn’t poop or pee on the floor this week, so silver lining.
When I got to WonderDogs I immediately took Belle out to go to the bathroom. After last week when she decided to show her whole class what going inside means, I wanted to be on the safe non-stinky side. But Belle wouldn’t go! She just kept sniffing all the new smells! Walk her to the left away from smells, NEW SMELLS, walk back to the other smells that she already smelled, SAME SMELLS!
As promised, I recorded some training with Belle in the backyard. She decided to show me up while the camera was running and actually listened. I feel like the cable lead had something to do with it.
Belle and I had our first class last night at WonderDogs, in Berlin, NJ. The class has mixed levels, meaning some people have taken agility classes before and some have not. I thought Belle might stand out and be the only large dog but she wasn’t.
One thing that surprised me was that we were not allowed to let our dogs socialize while we were there. It makes sense though, because as my teacher said, “You don’t want to be at a competition and then have your dog hop the fence in order to go say ‘hi’ to a friend.” And considering Belle is already so easily distracted, I spent a lot of time getting her attention back from dog butts to focus on me.
And with all the bacon treats in my pockets you would think I’d be the better choice.