Starting lessons

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  1. SwampDonkey

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    there is a disabled handlers agility league
     
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    Well that's interesting to hear.
    I'm interested in agility for Plum but thought it was beyond my abilities as I have arthritis in my hip, but may be it's a possibility.

    I can definitely move my shoulders!;)
     
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    Second lesson this evening. Willow's start line sits were a lot more solid, and they were both really keen. Moved onto wrapping around the back side of a jump, a bent tunnel and intro to slalom. Lots of homework to do before next Monday. J surprised me earlier with four new jumps he's been making, and a table. Squidge settled in the car much better this week, too. All doing well ignoring other dogs, too. There aren't many, but, having not seen any dogs in a while, they're a big deal, especially for Luna. Yay!
     
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    Third lesson last night; we had to miss Monday because of Flu Boy.

    The dogs are going from strength to strength and just loving it. We're getting better, too! Running as fast as you can on an arc and keeping your shoulders to the outside is one to practice, though :D

    We did the walkway and a low A-frame yesterday, concentrating on stopping with the back feet on the target and front feet on the floor before being released. At one point, J got a bit behind and shouted "toca!" in a gruff way and Miriam told him to keep a consistent, happy tone - something we all know, but it's good for him to hear it from someone else and not me. I was really happy to hear her say it, though, and be critical of people who shout at their dogs. I thought I might have to be a bit firm at times when I signed up for these lessons, but she's R+ all the way :)

    As much as I think the private lessons are the way to go when doing the initial learning, it's so useful there being two of us, because you can really see how the dogs react to body language and cues. It's a huge benefit to learning.

    I'm SO pleased we decided to do it.

    J has built five jumps and a table for us to practice at home. We just need to buy a tunnel, and he can make the rest of the equipment. The only problem is Luna does like to run up to the jumps, grab the bar in her mouth and leg it for a chew :rolleyes:
     

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