Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gilda Gets Going... Pico Plays a Part...

Linda's plan is a great one! At Linda's suggestion, we moved Gilda back into private lessons to try and get her out of her Agility funk. Tonight was week 3 of private lessons and it seems to be working beautifully!

{Gorgeous Gildz}

Linda went all the way back to making Agility a fun game. The first week we spent much of class just calling Gilda back and forth between us and treating her. After a few repetitions, Linda would move so that a jump was between us and then 2 jumps were between us. There were no commands and Gilda was always correct. This took the pressure off of her and she was able to relax and run like she used to!
We slowly added in other obstacles, again keeping things upbeat and relaxed. Gilda got a treat anytime I held her collar so that that wasn't stressful.
This week we were able to get Gilda to do some really nice sequence work at a fairly quick pace. While we still had some trouble getting her to tug, she remained relaxed and happy throughout the class which was such a relief to me (and I'm sure her too!)
Pico came to class tonight which served many purposes:
1) To help with his crating issues and to acclimate him to the Agility environment.
2) To motivate Gilda by being forced to watch me work with her 'brother'. (This sounds cruel but it really isn't. Gilda is highly motivated to clicker train at home when she sees me working with Pico).
3) To give Gilda a break during class.
All three goals were achieved! Pico did great being crated while Gilda worked and only cried a few times. Pico also did great on his first ever Agility lesson. He was willing to go through a straight tunnel and a "J" tunnel and he learned to walk on the board with just click/treating.

{Agile little Pico}

Gilda seemed to come back strong after her break too. It was so nice to see her relaxed and happy because that's what it's really all about in the end!
After class, they visited the kennel where they will stay during our vacation. Both dogs did well there for the most part... Gilda stood at the fence and barked at the pond incessantly.  Since she had such a good day, I stopped by our friend Lynda's and gave her a swim in the pond as a reward!

{Gilda in her Glory}

1 comment:

gotspots said...

Such good news! To help this aussie in my class, she never does anything wrong. If she takes the wrong obstacle, they just keep going. She shuts down very easily. So does Delta if I have to make her repeat something too much, so after two or three tries, we just keep going. It's no longer fun. What's the point.

I'm so glad to hear BOTH of your pups are doing well. :-D