Dog agility is not a sport to be stagnant in. You constantly need to be working on or maintaining different aspects of the sport; be it mental or physical. That’s one of the things I love about it; there is always something new to learn. It’s incredibly dynamic and new challenges are ever presenting themselves.
I’m not saying everyone needs to go out and learn how to do the top international handling moves or try to get their dog to run like a border collie. That’s not the only way to improve yourself for your dog. You can always work on your mental management, be more encouraging, become clearer in your handling, or trust your dog more.
So, in an effort to improve ourselves Bilbo & I have started to re-train our contacts. We started a couple weeks ago, and it’s been challenging, but totally worth it. I’ve been able to watch him learn and light bulbs go off in his head. I LOVE IT! And equally as important, he loves it!
Over the course of our agility career our contacts have been mostly hold our breath and hope he gets them. That puts stress on me and in turn on him. I’m not saying I haven’t worked on them before or tried training them, I just never put in the copious amount of time that training them well requires. I can tell you now, just because you have a small dog does NOT mean you don’t have to train contacts. He’s been leaping off ever closer and closer to missing the yellow.
So… here’s to our new adventure!
Also, this song has been our jam while working on our contacts…..
Think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings!