Friday, August 6, 2010

The Agility Diaries - Final Session

Test Day

Last night, Homer and I attended the final week of agility class. Tonight we would be evaluated to see if he could advance in the class. The course was set up for one huge run. I was hoping to be able to record a video of Homer's run but due to technical difficulties, that wasn't possible.

I will tell you this. Homer did extremely well for a first-timer. He nailed most of the equipment except for the hoops at the end and jumping through a tire. The instructor was hoping I would sign him up for another session but with school in the fall happening on the same day, I would not be able to go anymore. However, they have guest trainer spots available so I may squeeze Homer in for one class before school starts.

What I've Learned From This

Agility has taught me a great deal about Homer.
  • For one thing, he is trainable and always stays calm.
  • He tends to get distracted by other dogs but will quickly refocus when prompted with a treat.
  • Homer had a positive outlet for his excess energy.
  • Even dogs that are difficult to train benefit from learning agility.
  • Ginger Snaps are great for curbing carsickness.
  • It helps to be in shape for a full scale agility run.

Let's Discuss!

For all of you who have had your dog in dog agility, what are some of the most valuable lessons you learned from it?

Other Agility Diaries Posts

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

I hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping in.


  1. Thank you very much. We are now ready for the next adventure.



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