So as of now, I'm letting it go and just letting Haku run wide. I'd pretty much been doing that anyway, but I am now officially letting collection go with Haku. Now, will we come back to it later? Possibly. We shall see. Really depends on how his jumping looks, but I'm not going to mess with anything that he already struggles with and make it harder at this point. Besides, London never did any collection for quite some time and he turned out just fine. If it's something Haku and I would enjoy training down the line, that's cool. If not, that's cool too. The nice thing about Haku is that I truly have no goals with him other than having a good time. So, hey, it's all good.
Some sequencing in class today. Haku got to practice his entry work on the dogwalk (uh, unintentionally - collection, what's that?). I learned that what I THOUGHT was him turning away on a verbal into a tunnel really isn't, he requires handler cues as well. Which is good to know, we can work on that. Really tight dogwalk turns are pretty sketchy, but I'm not too worried about that. He remembers the chute, could distinguish between the dogwalk and teeter parallel in sequence, and doesn't really understand collection. I'm feeling pretty positive about this weekend, I'm very excited! Though, god forbid someone squeak a squeaker when he's on course, he's obsessed.
League on Thursday which will be a nice trial prep, then we'll just relax and enjoy his debut this weekend. I did wonder about the surface of the contacts and the spacing of the weaves trial, I am so used to the rubber and 24 inch poles they have up here. I should practice a few sets of 6 weavepoles too ...
In the meantime, I really don't think it gets much cuter than this:
London really is such a big softie
Perfect for kitty cuddling!
Whiner (notice I'm NOT holding her upside down!)
Everyone's eyeballs are opened/opening except Buddha!