After the first couple of competitions I found myself looking to gain a second or so in order to gain a slightly higher position. I’ve gained a third and a Reserve ticket in the Championship classes, some Crufts points and qualified for the Olympia quarter finals. Finding a second would make a big difference.
So where do I find this missing second? I’ve been looking at my own fitness plan trying to get a bit more flexibility in my running style. I’ve been working on Devo’s fitness both on the agility equipment and through more general targeted fitness and of course I continue to work on my course skills. I like to regularly go back to basics too and foundation work is a regular part of our training plan. Whether I find that missing second or not, we’re having fun ramping up the training and having a focused target to aim for.
Its fascinating watching young dogs develop. I can already see with Moog that he is keen to work for toys, a ball or food which is going to be a massive benefit. I find feeding kibble from the hand great for targeting his behaviours and maintains that handler / dog relationship. His natural reaction already is when he hears his name he gets a treat. He gets a treat from the hand so he’s immediately tuned what we’re doing.