We began promptly at 8. I had gotten up at 6:15, poop scooped the yard, reviewed my notes and come up with suggestions for today's practice. What we practiced I list down below.
By 10 the dogs were pooped and Sheryl seemed very much to want to show me a house she is thinking of buying nearby that has a nice back yard fully fenced and big enough for most of the agility equipment. It would be real nice to have her nearby, so we took a ride into Broadmoor Subdivision, only 3 miles away. The house is 1.5 blocks north of Goodwood, on Parkview near Cora, convenient to everything, yet a quiet street.
I'm guessing the house was built in the late 1950's, same era as my Windsor Cottage on Wallis Street. Same oak parquet floors. Same bathroom tiles. Same carport structure, roof line, LR/DR/Kitchen wrap-around design, same aluminum windows. Only bigger, about 1900 sq. ft., with a huge fireplace. Nice neighborhood, nestled in old growth forrest. I liked it a lot. The price seems right. But I don't want to influence her decision. If the house doesn't grab her and hold on to her, it's probably not her house. Old Hammond Hideaway was mine the minute I saw it. I fell in love with Winsor Cottage right away. They both were older homes and had a few problems, but like a lover, I either joyfully fixed them or easily overlooked them.
Just checked on the internet, and Joan has another American Masters PBS special called Sing Me Home. I'll have to check that one out.
Here's what we practiced:
Changing our line by changing an arm, using touch targets. It works.
Sending over a jump and to the tunnel from 10 feet back.
Same with sending over a jump then 10 feet out to 2 other jumps.
The chute, weaves, dogwalk/tunnel flip
Max succeeded over and over being sent thru all 12 weaves, at speed, with me standing back, standing still, diverging away, even stepping backwards. Will he do that at a trial? I doubt I'll ever try it, but it's impressive and fun to practice. I swear he looks proud of himself as he exits the last pole and runs full speed back to me, behind the first pole 22' away, for a treat! Thrills me.
I got Lucky to drive thru the chute with her head down low, over and over, by throwing a toy on the ground at the opening before I sent her through. Before, she was raising and shaking her head high the whole way through, tangling the chute and slowing her down. Of course, Maxie is so small he never had that problem.
Sheryl and I both agree if we're just going to run courses at agility class, we need to work on specific skills on our own. We both need more work with our touch targets. Charlie has trouble with reliable sit-stays, wandering off, and being hard to catch. Sheryl tried crating him for 5 minutes when he ran off, and that seemed to make an impression. There has to be something irresistable that will keep him right with her and fully focused.