Monday, June 20, 2011

Daddy's Girl

My husband, Stephen, has been super nice to include Reagan when he takes Team Senior (his three greyhounds) to a local hiking spot.  It has a nice grassy area that gives Reagan some running room to play fetch and get some additional exercise since she is 7 and 8 years younger than our seniors.

Recently, Stephen brought Reagan to my agility field.  I set up some jump sequences and showed him where to cross and how to run them.  Oh, Reagan tortures me so.  She has not done any agility in the last few months, but she gets out there like she practices all the time.  Her weave poles kill me they are just so good.  Its just such a shame that all that talent goes unused.

Here is a video of their last sequence.  Reagan was hot and tired at this point, but did everything that Stephen asked.   
For those new to the blog, the summary to Reagan's story is that I trained her for agility.  She was awesome and competed successfully several times.  Then noise phobias started to set in.  Noises like people closing car doors, all sorts of engine sounds, and eventually the teeter board hitting the ground started to panic Reagan.  It spiraled out of control despite all I did to fight it.  The main show stopper was when Reagan became terrified of traveling in our dog van and I finally gave up (no need to make suggestions, trust me, I have tried it). Reagan became a house dog and Seven is her replacement.

12 comments:

Angela said...

That's awesome! It's sad that she isn't comfortable going to competitions but from the looks of her, she is having a great time doing it just "for the fun of it". Stephen too! Blue ribbon for the both of them, LOL.
Angela

Hiking Hounds said...

Reagan, and Stephen, look great. I'm glad she's doing well!

jcp said...

Glad to see that Reagan is doing well in her new found role. Stephen is a good egg. I imagine that running a dog through an agility course is a lot easier when the dog knows what to do. :)

jet said...

she is so cute... really it doesn't matter to her if she isn't competing, but I reckon she appreciates a play on the agility field!

houndstooth said...

She looks darned great out there! I'm glad she still gets to run the course, even if it's not in competition.

BrittBeah said...

I'm sure Stephen is very proud to show off his well trained couch potato :)

gyeong said...

That's great that she still enjoys agility.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Oh that was so much fun to watch:) Both Reagan and Stephen seemed to enjoy it a lot. Have her noise phobias diminished at all since she hasn't been going to competitions?

Hmm, maybe Stephen will get the agility bug too and there might be an Eight on the horizon, lol:)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Its definitely easier to run an already trained dog, but Stephen did better than I thought he would. Obviously he has paid attention. :-) I don't see him training his own agility dog anytime soon though.

Around the house and the hiking spot, medication seems to keep Reagan's noise phobias under control. She is still terrified of the van and uncomfortable in our other vehicles. I just can't do much with her if she won't ride in the van 45 minutes a day. And Seven is her replacement. I never would have adopted Seven if Reagan was fine. So I don't really have the time to pursue it all over again with Reagan.

We love her and wish we could do more with Reagan. Agility or not, like this weekend I was at the farm and would have loved to have brought Reagan, but its just too far to go.

Sam said...

I hate watching videos of her. She is just too darn good to not be competing. Wish there was a way to plug up her ears..

The most important thing is that she is enjoying life and having fun, though, which she certainly seems to be doing. :)

Seattle Greyhounds said...

That's so cool, I hope to be at that point in agility with Graziella. Not sure that we'll ever get to competition level but we have so much fun.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Sam, you feel my pain! :-) She tortures me so.