A Professor Weekend

Well, Professor started a new class on Saturday, with Corally Burmaster. It’s a basic obedience class, and mainly he’s learning to keep his brain engaged when other dogs are present. He truly believes that someday he will find a nice lady dog who’s interested in making whoopee with him. He doesn’t know what whoopee is, but he really wants to find out.

I spent most of the class at a distance, working LAT and GMAB with him, and both really improved his focus and attention. Even the private agility lesson going on in the other ring wasn’t too distracting. But he was a tired puppy at the end of the day.

Sunday we went to our freestyle group, which conflicted a little with rally run-thrus. So I took Professor in and we practiced going in the ring and setting up, then breaking and running out. LAT and GMAB also helped with this. I think (hope?) he’s starting to get the idea that he doesn’t get to interact with all the other dogs.

Amelia got to do three runs, Levels 1, 2, and 3. She did very well. She really likes being the center of attention. When the run-thrus were over we worked on her interactions with the saddle. It’s a child’s western saddle, that we use in her Shine routine. She jumps over it, goes around it, and perches on it. I really need to work on cleaning up our cues, there’s still too much body language in them. But we got to work a little distance, which is impossible in the living room!

Joey came along for the ride, and got to spend a little quality time with his great friend Ruth.

A good weekend, but tiring for all of us. Everybody’s sacked out now.

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