I set up my dogwalk – 800mm high. I put Lu in a sit and led out. ‘Walk on!’ And I ran, then yelling tunnel tunnel! To help her drive forward. A little wonky the first go but it was all gold after the ‘test run’. Oh so fast, low and sleek running, and gorgeous deep hits. THIS is where I feel our joy. And she felt it too- smashing into the tunnel after the walk, racing back to play with her soccer ball jackpot, eyes bright and intense. I put the height up to 1m and we did 2 more runs. I noticed a drop in speed here but she was already puffing & the extra angle would slow her down. I wasn’t watching her closely as she ran so I can’t say for sure if she was confident or not but all things going well I might be back to full height by the weekend.
Gosh I love running contacts. Silvia’s ‘Running contacts to make you smile’ is so appropriately named!
I’m thinking of entering a trial at the end of April. I was just going to do jumping as I doubt her weaves will be ready and we haven’t tackled an aframe yet BUT, they also have gamblers and I thought maybe that would be a perfect way to practice 2 dogwalks in a real trial when I really don’t care about the outcome of the run. If her weaves are closed by then we could do them too but we wouldn’t have to!
So I feel very happy and smiley tonight. My girl was just running beautifully. Great commitment and distance to curved tunnels and getting her confidence back on dogwalks. Yay!!! Happy times ++.