Oh the joys of training a herding dog.
Actually, let me re-phrase that.
Oh the joys of being tripped up by a herding dog whilst running as fast as you can and trying to remember the right route of an agility course at the same time.
Nipping that Crazy Cow
Of course its all my fault – I’m a bad runner and Alfie is embarrassed to be seen running alongside me. Sometimes he decides to round me up like an unruly cow by nipping at my feet to make all the crazy running stop. And sometimes he doesn’t understand that he’s supposed to run in a path alongside me and happily bounces in front of me hoping for a reward.
In our last agility class one of my course mates filmed our run and I swear if we added some music to it we’d have a picture perfect carry on film. You can see the video here (I was too embarrassed to embed the video in this post). To be fair this course was a lot longer than anything we’d ever done before – with lots of space for running (and herding cows).
I’ve just asked our pawsome agility trainer for a private lesson and hopefully she will have some good ideas for getting this mountain dog back on the straight and narrow.
Begging for Core Muscles
In other news I can report that Alfie has now mastered the Meerkat position and begs with confidence. If you’ve followed our blog for a while you might remember that I set out to teach him to beg in order to build his core muscles for agility.
I started teaching him to beg as part of our January train your dog month challenge, and although he picked up the basics quickly its taken quite some time to build up his balance and core muscles to be able to beg for long enough for me to snap a photo (and a cute photo is of course the goal of all dog trick exercises, no?).
What are you and your doggie training at the moment?