Wednesday night I held my first agility class, with 4 lovely people (and 2 dogs). We have a kelpie and a merle border at the moment. Both couples have signed up for the full 5 weeks after completing the first lesson and were really keen and excited about it! So I must have done something right…!
Tell you what though, teaching adults is much more nerve-wracking than teaching 45 kids…! At least with kids I can bluff and be a moron and they won’t know better, or won’t criticise me!
But we did some running and chasing, a bit of shaping, and then a human clicker game which I thought worked really nicely. A brilliant idea I stole from an instructors course which helps people see how to shape little movements into actual behaviours, how important timing is, and how frustrating it would be for a dog trying to figure out what you want.
We then did some tunnel games and that was the end of the night! It went quick! But I think it’ll be fun. I can see where our kelpie will need most work (flanking in) and the border seems to be pretty solid at this point, so we’ll see what he’ll need. Anyway, it’ll be fun, I have more things to play around with next week, and just received another inquiry through my inbox, too.
All in all, a very successful night!
I also found out tonight that if I say “hup” to Lumen when there’s no bar, or just a flat bar on the ground she leaps into the air. Sigh. So I need to stop using that word and retrain a new one. Amazing how quickly she understood that ‘hup’ means ‘jump a bar’. Such a shame too cos it was such a short, easy word. Do I use “over” or “jump”… ? Any other suggestions? Can’t use “go” as that’s my “go fast” word.