Monday, November 08, 2004

Saturday morning we went to the columbia agility team funmatch, and it was really fun! After not doing any agility for a while, we were a bit rusty. Ela ran first, and I ran second. Mojo had some obvious problems with the chute and the weave poles. He had only seen the chute once before, and well, the weave poles are beyond us right now.

But everything else he did, either straight through or with a little coaxing. He went off the see-saw fine (and waited for it to swing down). He went up and down the A-Frame (which was at its full height of six feet). He did the dog walk, also at its normal 5 foot height. He jumped and went through the tunnels, and went through the tire most of the time.

In short, he was better at it than we were :)

The weave poles need serious work, as he was mostly clueless about what to do with them. Everything else he did fine after the second or third run.

We stayed after to do a few runs. By the time I ran him he was tired, and refused to go through the tunnels without coaxing. He also did this really funny trot on the way to the see-saw (instead of running).

The layout was like this:

jump -> chute -> jump -> poles -> tunnel -> a-frame -> jump -> seesaw
-> jump -> jump -> tunnel -> jump -> jump -> tunnel -> dog walk -> tire jump.

One thing for sure, we should never give Mojo food until the end. With food, he gets all excited about the treat and kind of forgets what's happening. The same thing happens at home, actually; if the treat is cheese or something good like that, he starts doing random tricks (instead of the one you said) in the hope that one of them will payoff in the treat.

Maybe it's time to pick up some weave poles...

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