Trophy's agility debut is one week away.
I know I have been quiet for the month of July, but everything has been going really, really well.
I feel like our handling has really come together. His obstacle discrimination is really nice. We did this sequence two weeks ago.
Demo has a ton of problems with this (wheeeeeeeee tunnel!), but Trophy executed it perfectly every time.
I had been having trouble with him popping out of the last weave pole or two if I tried to get some distance with him, but tonight was no problem with that.
He still doesn't have a truly independent Stopped Contact. He knows 2o2o, but if i don't stop and turn into him he won't stop. Tried this tonight when I tried to get a head of him on the dog walk. If I kept moving, so did he despite whatever cue I gave him.
All in all he is totally ready for our debut next weekend, I just have to keep myself together.
Tonight Demo really shined on course. It wasn't an extremely challenging course, there was a couple handling moves to be executed, but other than an extremely tricky weave entry, it was pretty straight forward. Demo really nailed it tonight, better than I feel he had been getting handling cues. I was especially impressed with his ability to suddenly take jumps at a distance, something we really struggled with at the beginning of the month.
I feel like the light bulb is finally turning on in his head with weaves, and with his contacts. It's less mindless following of a treat and he's starting to understand the behaviors more.
Although we need to revisit turns on the flat...