Thursday, September 29, 2011

Neglected Obstacles

I have neglected a few obstacles in Seven's agility training.  It might be that I have always neglected these obstacles, but my prior greyhounds were bolder than Seven and managed the lack of practice just fine.  The neglected obstacles are the table, tire jump, panel (solid) jump, and the chute (photo above).  The chute is definitely an issue for Seven for whatever reason. 

So I am making a big effort to include all of these obstacles in all of our training sessions.  My husband resurfaced my table.  I made a brand new tire for my tire jump.  I am draping a towel over a bar jump to create the look of a panel jump.  I am dragging the chute out of the garage for every training session.  And I am taking Seven to new places so she can experience the same, but different obstacles.  Recently, Stephen came with me to one of these practices and videoed Seven and I running an agility course.
We still have work to do, but Seven is coming along.

14 comments:

Tucker The Crestie said...

Great job! I have to say, I love to watch any dog running agility, including my own, but greyhounds just take it to another level. It's like they are incapable of being anything but graceful and elegant.

jet said...

She will be great!! She will be used to the chute in no time with practice :) I have seen a few dogs freak about the chute cos they can't see how to get through.

angelofthemind said...

Yay Seven! She looked fantastic! I thought it was interesting that even while trying to avoid the chute, she tried jumping over it instead, or offering different behaviors. So cool!

Cat said...

Looking good, girlies!

Kini_pella said...

She looks wonderful!!! I love watching "AHA!!!" moments in dog training! Go Seven, Go!!!!

houndstooth said...

Seven looks fantastic! I have a feeling things will go really well for you guys. I always love how happy your dogs are to be working! :)

jerZgirl said...

She looks great! Cant wait to see how your first trial goes!

Witty Angel said...

The "aha" moments are great to see. I'm glad going through the chute earned her a jackpot reward. That is a tough one.

Ximena said...

Seven's weaves look SO great!! You can definitely tell you've practiced them tons!

I like that you kept encouraging her to take the chute -- you knew she could do it and she totally did it!

Hiking Hounds said...

She looks great! It's so nice that you have different places to go and practice.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Seven looks wonderful:) Heck, you haven't had her that long and look how much she's learnt and how far she's come!

Great the way she went through the chute even though she wasn't confident about it.

Winnie said...

I am so impressed!!

Love and licks, Winnie

A said...

Oh, she is adorable when problem-solving... and the weaves! :)

That thing with the chute was just too funny :)

Michelle said...

Very good job!!!