24 July 2012
Gustavo swings upwardly, right into the skillet.
Gustavo has been practicing agility about as good as he's ever been.
I don't know why. He swings up, and he swings down. Maybe there's a pattern. But when he's on an upswing, we sure have a good time, and I have a glimpse of a dog he could have been. Could have, would have, should have. He's been running fast, hard sequences in class, and holding it together when we practice.
I taught him a new trick. Skillet. You know that one? Hey SKILLET!
It's foot targeting. Nancy suggested this to help him focus on his dogwalk contacts, as well as for just, well, everything. It's a very Gustavo trick. Just run to the skillet and hit it with front feet. He releases his teeters to skillet. He just enjoys running to a skillet because it's SKILLET!
It's a little like working with Robot. Except it's Skillet.
So now I have a skillet in my training bag.
I don't know that he'll ever be able to run like this in trials. Never say never, but not holding my breath on that one anymore. I think we need about 4,000 more perfect practices. But at least he can Skillet.
by team small dog at 5:02 AM