Consistent training at home during the hot summer months requires a very different morning routine from what I've gotten used to in retirement. I am trying to force myself out of bed by 7 a.m., immediately putting on my training clothes (shirts or shorts with pockets), running shoes, and loading the pockets with treats BEFORE I reach for my coffee and that first cigarette. No more coctails the night before. No more lounging around until 10 or 11 a.m. in my pajamas, feeding the dogs, reading my emails to 2 cups of coffee, making breakfast, planning my day, etc. before setting a foot outside. By 10 a.m. it's 90 degrees! I'm only good up to about 85 degrees. And the dogs train better BEFORE they get their breakfast.
Even more importantly, Excellent level agility dogs compete first thing in the morning year round, and 8" dogs sometimes go first, so I have to somehow retrain my body to be alert and ready to run by 7:30 a.m. It was easier in Novice and Open, because those dogs run around Noon, but those days are over for us. Alas, I've NEVER been a morning person.
I would embed the video if only I could figure out how to do it. (This Google Blogspot system is really hard to figure out.)
I only post this horrid video so that later on I can remind myself of where we came from. I feel confident that we will improve--not only in my handling skills and our communications, but in my wardrobe and foundation garments! Thank god there are no Agility Fashion Police. A Consultant might be nice!