Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tuesday May 30th 2006 - Advanced 1, class #3

(Backfilled in October 2009 due to impending closure of Geocities)

Today was the third Advanced 1 class. The class warmed up with contact zones and weave-o-matics. It was Walter's first time on the dogwalk, no problem at all (out of the two of us I was the only one who was nervous). The seesaw was set on low, with no table supporting it. The instructor controlled the tilt to make it tilt gently. Walter tended to rush up onto it - I'll need to get some practice in and get him to slow down. We learned the front cross, having the dog (not the handler!) do figure 8s over a pair of jumps. Walter caught on the very first try, but it took me a few essayes to get it right. At the end of the class we did the following sequence: jump, tire, gentle curve left, jump, tunnel curving left, straight to dogwalk, end with dogwalk contact zone. We did it twice and he did every obstacle on the first try, both times. Also, he didn't bark at anyone, although he was tempted when the big standard poodle had a few poodle spin-out moments and zoomed around the field saying hello to everyone.

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