Tonight was Grace’s last Agility II class. So far she’s had 16 weeks of agility (12 weeks, actually, since she missed a couple of sessions due to work travel), and she’s doing really well. We’re teaching weave poles using Susan Garrett’s 2×2 method, and Grace is almost doing 12 poles straight! Not bad for only 6 weeks (we used channels the first session). This method of training is awesome for clicker dogs, as it uses the clicker to mark proper entry and execution.
Grace LOVES the wall and the bridge (A-frame and dogwalk), and goes flying over both pieces. Right now she’s slightly ambivalent about the tunnel, but I think it has to do with us learning rear crosses, and her not being 100% committed to the tunnel before I turn. This worries her, as she thinks she’ll lose me. She’ll learn, though.
She’s a fast girl, and we’re both learning. I have to keep working on having her work on BOTH sides, not just my left (since obedience is all on the left, this is a struggle for me). We’re both going to have to get comfortable with distance work too. But we have a great instructor, and lots of support. With any luck, she might be ready to trial next summer!