I sure hope I'm better at record keeping things when I'm actually agility training him ;)
He turned 7 months old on the 4th of July and really looks like a real dog now. He's still pretty small, I'm starting to wonder how big he'll get. But I would appreciate a dog on the small side more than a super sized BC. He's around 30 pounds, roughly weighed. And about 18-19 inches...roughly measured next to derby haha.
Finally shaped more things. He backs up and bows now also. Working on building duration with both.
I'm going to start working more on his hand targeting. It's been one of those things I didn't want to screw up so I've been putting it off.
Also still fighting the balance of toy and cookie. And most recently balance between tug stick and big ball. Balls are soooo cool according to Chippy. Have been working thru some good "don't wanna, don't hafta" moments.
Of course the hot topic lately is recalls. Derby's isn't great, but I know he gets distracted by less than Chip so I'm not very concerned about working it too much with him at this point (more than i already do atleast, by always having cookies for him when we're out in the field).
Chip however, gets visually distracted much easier. Everything catches his eye, especially if there are toys laying about. I don't have the relationship with him yet that I have with Derby, so it worries me more that he won't come back at this point.
I have a lot of students with similar problems, and they thankfully want to work on them! So I'm going to try and organize some study sessions for us to get some cookie in the bank.
I'm wAiting to see what brilliance Susan Garrett comes out with this week.
Although I'd really like her to be working on getting a contact training DVD out... At least before it's time for me to start Chip! I plan on a running A Frame, but I LOVE the idea of a 2 on 2 off AND running dogwalk. I just think there is too much of an advantage having a stop to do a complete running DW.
On the Derby front he needs one more QQ for his MACH. Hopefully our next trial the beginning of August will do it. I'm just looking forward to getting it over with. I've moved on to other goals so this isn't as much of a push as it uses to be.
Once we get that taken care of, I'll move him to 26" and start qualifying for WT tryouts next year!
We have northwest regionals this weekend! Need one Grand Prix leg for nationals, fingers crossed! I'm super siked, it'll be a fun weekend!
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