I just thought I'd share with you my latest training session at agility. I've been taking Ruby for about 3 months now and she absolutely loves it (and so do I). It's great for giving her physical and mental stimulation and now that we have signed up for the Cockapoo Olympics we have something to aim for.
Ruby was spayed 4 weeks ago so we missed 2 weeks, and last week I had to keep her on a lead as the vet advised us not to let her jump. This week we were back to full working order so I was looking forward to catching up with the rest of my class.
Things were going really well. She was really attentive and was doing everything that the rest of the class were doing, until....
....she decided she wanted to freestyle which involved running around the whole school (through the new beginners class that had just started) at full speed, with the wind blowing through her hair. She then proceded to jump over all of the aparatus the wrong way. I couldn't get her to come back to me at all, she was having such a lovely time. I tried running in the other direction, hiding, squeaking her toy, nothing would work.
Then I heard a nearby goose 'honk' and that was it, she jumped through the fence and 'splash', she was in the pond! Thankfully she then chose to listen to me and came back - stinking of stagnant pond water!
I was a bit worried we were going to be asked to leave, but thankfully our teacher is very patient. We put her back on the lead for a few exercises but soon trusted her again and finished on a high tackling the 'A' frame off the ground for the first time and doing really well!
I wasn't happy that I had to give her a bath at 10.30pm but it was good to have her safe and sound and smelling nice again.
Hopefully we will have got better at all of this before next September! If not, at least you will all have fun watching me chase Ruby around Woodland Waters!!
I'm off to practice some recall training!!