The warmer weather and snakes on the move means that we aren't using the property for exercise anymore this year. So his morning workout is now training time which is what it was before he needed the extra exercise, just that it's more likely to be running contact training or handling training rather than body awareness which we now do in the evenings. I'm really pleased with how he is picking up handling and having the H360 exercises to do is brilliant. We just use wings with a jump bump instead of an upright and a traffic cone either side. He struggled a bit initially as he didn't really get the wrap thing and was quickly bored with it but now he is wrapping beautifully. I'm also really happy with his turns and at this stage he's nice and tight and really light on his feet. So we'll keep fingers crossed that we can maintain that once he starts jumping. Right now it's all about him learning extension and collection. He has also decided that balls are his thing. He is quite happy to tug and will tug on pretty much anything but he really loves chasing balls. I get way better drive out of his turns when I use one so happy to stick with that if that is what he likes!
I'm looking forward to the next few months and how he comes along. He won't start jump training until he's 12 months old which isn't all that far away now...it is exciting to have a young dog and see their potential developing. And he's become such a nice dog to train that the whole process becomes so enjoyable. What agility is all about.
We had the Royal Show last weekend and had a fun couple of days. My decision to retire Sonic from agility was confirmed as a good one after running him in the teams. He had a couple of lovely clear runs in jumping but slipped a couple of time on lines that were very gentle turns and no reason for him to slip. In general the amount of warm up/cool down and stress involved worrying about soreness not really worth it. Sonic will still have a great life as one of the gang filled with running around, swimming and being a nut bag. It just won't involve any agility anymore.