The Haku one does sort of throw me though, six is nothing but a baby, but seven somehow seems way older somehow. At least most definitely mature. Is Haku mature? Have I mentioned how much I just adore that boy? I don't think I'll even have a dog that loves me as much. I feel so lucky to have him in my life, we are just perfect together. Even training these days, we understand each other. I don't expect Haku to learn in a linear fashion, and Haku is way better with not worrying so much about being wrong. We have fun, and that's all it should be.
Haku did have some magical leaps of comprehension in his group class today. I never expect it, but it oftens does happen when Haku just arrives at being trained despite not ever seeming close to that point. We had been working a bit with his new go-out training, but in the basement adding distance or changing the location of the ring gates he just wasn't getting it at all. Today though, he did great, was driving across the whole building and calmly waiting with his head on the gates. Go figure.
I expect after his rehab appointment our list of activities will be quite short, but hoping we can still play with some obedience - Haku needs mental work or he goes kind of crazy. Today we worked articles with Cindy laying in the middle of the pile - that blew Haku's little mind, but he figured it out! This has been a great class for Haku, and expecting more from him does actually have a positive effect for both of us, I think. Though there was a puppy in class today and, OMG, Haku was ENTRANCED. Admittedly, it was damn cute and interactive puppy - but it cracked me up how obsessed Haku was about this puppy. Sorry, Haku, PROBABLY not going to get you a terv puppy. But then, you never know, they are not totally off the table either. They fall into the 'if the right puppy fell into my lap' catagory of dogs.
Navarre in puppy class today, on the sequence we introduced yesterday:
Always makes us look good when we have a chance to practice the day before. Now, I COULD show video of the second half of the course, which we DIDN'T practice - but it did not go as well. This is twice now that he's starting running around the OUTSIDE of a jump in a sequence, and he just gets stuck in that pattern - no idea what's up with that, both times have happened in class in this same corner. The last time it happened when I went back to work on the issue again, he never ran around the jump again. I did not try again with this sequence, but it is a puzzling behavior. And then I learned that my fancy reverse spin onto the dogwalk meant nothing, as I couldn't get him NOT to take the dogwalk when I wanted him to go into the tunnel. Things to work on, I'm so used to him having such good tunnel commitment - ha!
I've got to spend a lot more time the last couple weeks working with Griffon, my little borrowed agility papillon. We're getting a little more comfortable with each other, though he still wants to bring the toy back to his mom and not me. I can usually persaude him though ... eventually. He's actually quite happy to run with me, and I think with more practice he'll trust me more. SUPER fun little guy, hoping to make his agility debut in September - he'll be turning 2 then. Love him! Though maybe not his peeing all over himself thing. Ew. Need to teach him to come put his leash on without being picked up. ;-)