Yesterday was my first day where I wasn't still dealing with puppy aftermath and getting everything back into order and on schedule. And I had thought it would be a lovely day for a hike. But instead I did feel sort of sad and mopey instead. Just give me a week of not having to clean up or manage puppies and I DO miss them. Sniff. Still, sounds like everyone is doing really well in their new homes, can't complain.
Anne and Linda came over last night to break my funk (well, that wasn't their INTENTION, but it worked) and we played some agility. I sure do like agility. And, lord, am I slow after all this sitting around watching puppies grow. My original plan for this course didn't work AT ALL:
Which was all about being ahead on the left 10-13 - ha! I also had this grand vision that I would be able to rear cross the take off side of 6-7, because LONDON would rear cross into that tunnel. Bright, of course, only rear crossed into the close side - because she's Bright, and actually follows what my body says, not what's right in front of her.
My eventual solution. Which just goes to show, never assume you can outrun Bright.
Then I thought Bright would get a kick out of running the field with Anne and Linda's border collies, all boys of young and dorky up to mature. Now here I can see a different Bright than before she had puppies - she was MUCH more assertive and bitchy. She was being a total bitch to the poor boys that weren't doing anything but attempting to politely return her backside sniff. And since they are GOOD boys, they all were like, 'Hey girl, whatever you want, just relax!' And Bright went from chasing them around to feeling too superior and mature to run with a bunch of dorky boys. She would rather go out of her way to discipline them for whatever. Oh yes, the bitchness has really started to bloom with Bright. Strangely, she's actually BETTER with Poco since the puppies, she doesn't feel the need to pointlessly posture at Poco. She's saving it up for dogs that will be more responsive, apparently.
Took Bright for her first session at the rehab place with Bobbie today, along with the boys. My fear is that Bright would think she was at the vet and totally freak out - but luckily that didn't seem to occur to her. She was cautious, but wanting to play, so I think this will be something she enjoys. Heck, she even did the treadmill, just some easy stuff - but one can never tell what might bring on the drama - but apparently not something moving under her feet.
Now, if you want to see something really funny, you should see London on the treadmill. Keep in mind he's not worried about it, does pretty good with individual exercises - but just WALKING on the treadmill he has got into his head that he has to do the weirdest things. And we tried to see if speeding it up could get him to stop moving like such a spaz and it was HILARIOUS. London is a total dweeb about the treadmill. Haku did very well, moved into a trot and held it for a couple minutes without an issue. London is the one I want to really use the treadmill though, more for the specific exercises though, so I'm okay if he never just plain trots on it. We will keep working on it, and getting back into the swing of things with our conditioning playground in the basement. Where Fenwick rules at everything - and you can't get him off of anything.
Meanwhile, I've been taking both Haku and Eva to obedience, which has worked out surprisingly well. First they are able to wait for their turns without turning into rabid hyenas, and are even mostly quiet. Second, Eva actually enjoys training outside of the house, so I can actually do something with her - which is very novel. She was a little goofy the first couple weeks, but then settled down and was actually doing, well, obedience. Except for stays. Then sad, sad stafford comes back. It was funny, never did go-outs with her - so introduced going to a baited target. SHE GOES IN A STRAIGHT LINE. Holy shit it would be so easy to teach this to EVA. Haku, in the meantime, still outruns like a motherfucker and really has no clue. I've been pretty open about the whole target method, but it's been a YEAR and he still cant go in a straight line. It may be time to move to a different method.
As for Haku, he's DEFINITELY goofier with Eva around at obedience, and with TWO other dogs at conditioning today he was a total spaz. But good to work through. I think there is an AKC obedience trial in October we'll try to enter to finish his novice title, and a UKC trial in November to finish that one as well. Hopefully. In the meantime, goofy Haku has about a 3 second delay on his drop on recall, forges and crowds, has super sideways fronts on broad jumps - and we've already discussed the go-out. Still, his gloves were spot on, stand for exam is much improved with all the sit to stand work we've been doing, and his retrieve on the flat and over high were spot on - no weirdness! We just did one rep of each, but no issues with pick-up. We will get back into practicing!
Tomorrow we'll get out for that hike - time to start getting back into pre-puppy routines. As for agility, I don't have any burning desires to trial, especially with AKC. Currently the only trials on my schedule are the next UKI trial in September and the USDAA trial in October. Don't think there are really any other local non-AKC options. We have a seminar in September ... ugh, which I just saw is the same day as the UKI trial. Sigh.
Fizban says this crate is just the right size for him