Tuesday, 11 September 2007

agility at K9 Kompany

Penny and I went to K9 Kompany for training today. Cindy, our teacher, had set up an agility course. Jabari, Penny's particular friend, was there also. Liz, Jabari's owner, wondered if the two dogs, used to romping energetically in parks, would be able to settle down to training in the same session. But it seems to be going well.

Penny is working on using the see-saw safely and confidently. Cindy says it is important to make sure the dog uses her own weight to make the plank tip down as she comes to the centre of the see-saw.
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So I sometimes give Penny a treat at that central spot as she steps forward to tip the see-saw down.

At this stage the see-saw tips down only as far as a box that is placed under the end. A few weeks ago we progressed to letting it tip to the floor under Penny's own weight but we did it once too many times and she got over-enthusiastic. It hit the ground with a thump and startled her. So Cindy says we should go back to putting the box under the end until she is confident again.

Both Jabari and Penny enjoyed the command 'over!' and leapt towards us enthusiastically across the series of jumps.
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The session, as always, ended with a 'settling down' time. Each of us sat on the floor with our dog and relaxed together.


Anonymous said...

This is a very interesting site. You give us a lot of information. I like the idea of dogs working a see saw, well done.
I agree on your thoughts about whether dogs annoy birds more than humans. I'm for the dogs, but I could be wrong.
I will definitely pop in again.
Another dog lover, Gerro.

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

hey penny,

Welcome to www.dogswithblogs.com.au - it is great to meet you and I am sure you will make lots of new friends here :-)


parlance said...

Thanks, Gerro. I'm hoping to make sure the site has as much information as I can collect. However, I am absolutely no expert, just making the most of living with my first dog!

parlance said...

Opy, Penny is glad to be joining the interesting list of dogs with blogs. Thanks for letting us join. What a great bunch of canines!