In the back of these runs, you can see we will be working on the A-frame (looks like a peaked roof) and the teeter (seesaw) - Inu's favorite....NOT. We check out the crates and choose the one we usually put Inu into to get ready for class - I set up our notebook, water bottle, Inu's treats/tug toys, etc. and our chairs. There are 3 other dogs in this class.
Inu starts off well running the 2 courses...
See she is running so fast she is just a blur - Impressive huh? What do you expect from pictures from a cell phone?!
The dogs in this class work well alongside each other too - see the other dog sitting on the left watching? That's really good to just sit and not move - just try it sometime when there are more exciting things going on that you want to check out...that's called "proofing" the behavior, so the dog will do it NO MATTER WHAT until you tell him/her otherwise.
The handlers work in team, helping their other assigned partner and dog while their own dog rests, so Daddy helps his partner and dog:And Inu gets to rest and wait patiently for her next workout, the next time to come out and "play" (work) and get more treats - she loves the low-fat string cheese bits - they have high value for her so she will really work for them, so only gets them for class....little does she know what is coming up.
Now the real work begins - it's Teeter Time....
Now Inu has done teeter before and has made significant improvement with the noisy teeter, but always had a table on one end of it so it didn't move up/down and free fall much. She even pulls it down to get on it because she knows there are treats if she does....
Inu does quite well, and does what she is suppose to...
And Inu does what she usually does on the teeter, and goes back and forth on it from end to end, getting those treats, yum - what fun!
But after a couple times, Inu realizes that something is different - there is no board at the end and the teeter is moving differently than before - that's the freefalling aspect of it. Inu decides she doesn't want to do any more of This - it's getting scary and not doing what it has in the past:
Now the teacher steps in and doesn't let Inu decide that she can stop yet - more treats and some fast talking
Well of course Inu REALLY loves those cheese bits, so stays for that....and stays and works, and works, and works
Now this is going over Inu's usual time to work - her maximum time before she has to take a mental break is 3 minutes, and we are way past that....Quick, we need more treats!
Come on Inu, just one last time and end on a positive really successful note!
Woot, we did it!! Back to the crate for a well-deserved rest...and that was the end of Inu's night because she was just too tired to even want to do the dog A-frame, which she usually loves and hauls over...not tonight. So Daddy helps out again (and he's tired now too with all that mental concentration) And teacher goes through this again with another dog on the A-frame:
Isn't this amazing how the dogs train right alongside each other?
What a great team, dogs, handlers and teacher(s)! We love this place....We go home exhausted, but know that Inu has achieved another milestone. BTW, Inu slept most of the next day, she was dog-tired lol.