|Wedding day - photo by Mike Kelly|
His focus can still be all over the place. Keeping him with me when I train at the Dogs West grounds is a challenge and I have to manage his environment if there is any hope of doing off leash work. I probably spend more time working on rewards for him making good choices than anything else. As I have all the equipment at home it's not really that big a deal if he can't do any "agility" so focus work is always my biggest goal when I'm out. And of course plenty of recallers games get thrown in. When we do manage to get on a little sequence way up the back away from everything he is great. His drive is everything I hoped for and he is clearly enjoying it. So even though its slow going there is plenty to look forward to as he does mature which I'm assuming will happen eventually, if I'm lucky...
Cassie's progress is going surprisingly well. So far she has happily run at every trial we have done (although has only been a few) and last trial I did the full course in both classes albeit still as not for competition. I have contemplated entering her normally but our handling is so out of sync, and well pretty crap basically, that I don't want to ruin it by overwhelming her on a complex course she's not ready for. So I'm sticking to my plan of NFC in the lower classes for the rest of the year and then putting her back in masters next year. As Veto goes through H360 I'm doing the same exercises with Cassie which will hopefully put her back on track for the New Year. We both also need a lot of fitness work to get us back in shape as well so that will definitely be on the agenda for next year!