Oops

I forgot I was trying to keep track of dog progress here! Here are some updates.

Gambit

I decided agility probably isn’t the best thing for her. Even after a full class, she was afraid of most of the obstacles, and the whole thing was stressing her out. We did complete the course, but she did not pass pre-agility. We took a recall class, so that has improved a whole bunch. I may toss her into a rally obedience class, provided I can fit it into my schedule.

Loki

We finished puppy confidence, canine good citizen, and distraction proofing, yahoo! He earned his CGC a few months ago, and he’s been doing really well. Pre-agility with him starts next weekend (the 16th). He still has problems in the house with Gambit, but they’re slowly getting better. He’s a rockstar at tricks and he’s become my demo dog… which leads me to:

Training assistant

After Loki’s CGC class, the instructor asked me to come on as a teaching assistant. I get paid in hours, which can be used to take more classes. (Free classes? Hell yeah!) I’m really enjoying teaching other people how to train their dogs, and it’s given Loki a chance to be a good boy in front of a lot of different dog+people teams.

Pre-agility: Week 1

Whew! This class was pretty stressful (for me and the dog). I kinda felt like I was being rushed around to the different stations. Gambit’s recall is absolutely terrible, and her being terrified of everything definitely doesn’t help. I’m pretty sure the other dog that was there was aggressive or something, since it seemed like she wouldn’t let her dog near Gambit at all.

We did work on the ladder, which Gambit did well on. Like most things, she was fearful at first. She was pretty bad at the chained jumps, but I think she showed improvement. Weirdly enough, she did awesome with the tunnel, and I thought that was going to be one of her most difficult obstacles. The tire, on the other hand… I couldn’t really get her to go near it by the end of the night. She did do really well with the table, though.

Obviously, she needs a lot of work. Her recall is still in the shitter, but my trainer said it’s likely because she’s so afraid of everything. So now I gotta recruit somebody to help me with it, oi.

Pre-agility Orientation

I went to Gambit’s orientation tonight. I AM SO EXCITE.

In six weeks, we are going to be running a full (baby) course! There’s only one other person in the class, too, so it’s going to be extra awesome and I’ll get a lot of one-on-one time. And actually, next week, the other student won’t be there, so I’m going to get a full hour of private training, huzzah!

Gambit and her new toy.

I think I also found a toy that will keep Loki out of Gambit’s hair for a little while, so that’s awesome. I also got Gambit a new toy because whatever, she needs one that Loki isn’t allowed to have.