So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the next year, year and a half, especially in terms of Lu and her agility prospects and such.
My intention has been to breed her to a nice boy and get nice agility-ready puppies with awesome colours and good working drive.
But then I think about the things that really frustrate me with Lu and I think: should I breed her???
- high level of ‘hunt’. Fricken loves to hunt. Very strong-willed when it comes to hunting.
- high drive in her own way but this doesn’t translate to agility, much at all.
- not overly ‘biddable’ – pretty good when doing tricks at home, but leave the house and everything is more exciting. Will switch on for agility but doesn’t have a high ‘will to please’.
- jumping. issues.
- body sensitivity issues.
On the plus side:
- awesome cute and cheeky personality, a real cuddler at home, who has begun to love to play all the time.
- can run really fast when she wants to – long stride (again, doesn’t translate to agility yet.)
- super friendly to every dog, and kids, and once she meets someone, with those people too (initially a little reserved)
- natural herding instinct and I suspect would be good at tracking, too.
- pretty colours
- nice athletic body shape.
- loves the learning game
So it’s a hard call. Because if I want a really crazy fast dog, well, at this stage, Lu’s not it. And maybe she’ll get faster- I think she will… I think when we get into big open courses and she starts flying off the dogwalk and just powering through, she’ll realise it’s fun to run… but maybe she won’t… and then, would her puppies be this same amount of effort? And what about the jumping thing? And although I can work with the body thing, it’d be really nice for her to wear a harness or a cool coat or a backpack when we go hiking…
I’ve been casually looking at rescue dogs for the past week or so to see if something like a whippet x working dog will pop up- even an older one (say 4 years old) so that Lu can have more breaks while training, she can have a friend that actually plays with her, etc… but even that throws a spanner in the works because then if I still want to breed her, I suppose I’ll have to wait until Mal crosses the rainbow bridge before we keep a pup because 4 dogs seems excessive.
So… I don’t know.
Anyway, here’s a video from the weekend. The RC was to angled jumps – the last ones she was tired and the bar was 90 degrees to the DW and it was too hard. It was the first time I’d done any offset exits so I was a moron to set it up and make it so hard. And I drilled her too much on the sequence but I wanted to try different handling and stuff so I kept going. Bad, bad me. Stop at 3, Em. Stop at 3.
But I will say that although her jumps looked a bit long when slowed down (and some I don’t think she could have added another stride anyway), they actually look ok in real speed, mostly.