I was pretty juiced up when Momma said we were going back to doggie school. I love doggie school. Plenty of noms and fun.
When I arrived, there were three other doggies there and you know what? They were all playing with giant balls!
Running and yelling and having a grand time. You can bet I was pulling on my string and really wanting to get into the action. Balls! Chasing! Barking! You bet.
So imagine my dismay when I was ushered into a corner and given, not happy giant ball, fun times good stuff, but...
A traffic cone,
a yogurt lid (not even a trace of yogurty goodness),
P.S. From Mango Momma.
We started a Treibball class, otherwise known as "urban herding." If you don't know what that is, just search on YouTube or watch this short video. There were three other dog / handler pairs in the class. They'd all done the beginner class already, so they were working their dogs with balls and goal posts.
Before Dexter can start working with balls, there are a few skills he needs to master:
- Being sent out to an object (and I need to learn which hand and which command to use depending on the direction of approach I want).
- Positioning himself behind an object and holding still.
- Pushing with his nose.
The nose push was the hardest for him so we were sent home with a practice object.
My main objective in signing up for this class was to get Dexter used to working at a distance. I think it will help build his confidence. Right now, he really crowds me when we're training. Plus, we haven't been to school in a while and I've always found dog school is a great way to strengthen the bond between dog and handler. Oh, and Fi and Abby's momma told me to (always listen to your crazy dog lady pals).