I am so excited!
Our home turf, The Agility Underground,
hosted a Run-Through on 5/27 and I took Pico along to see how he would do...
... He was great! Other than a little crate barking, he was thrilled to be there, happy to perform, and relaxed enough to hang out with me on the sidelines performing simple attention exercises! Having no idea what to expect, I was thrilled.
I think it was ideal to have our first Run-Through on familiar ground. Pico has been going there with Gilda and me since September 2011. He started his own lessons there in February 2012. To him, the place is all fun and games!
There were 4 courses to choose from which was really awesome. We chose the Novice Jumper course which had 10 obstacles, no weaves and no teeter:
We bought 2 runs for $4 each. During our first 2 minute run, we were able to run the course 3 times. Afterwards, Jessica was kind enough to offer some handling tips which we used on our second 2 minute run. During our second attempt, we ran the course 2 times.
I thought it was of utmost importance to make sure that this was a positive experience so that's where we ended. I would have loved to have stayed all day but I felt it was better for Pico to end on a good note. He did seem exhausted once we were home so I think it was a good thought!
Run-Throughs are great because they give teams great practice at memorizing new courses, trying out different handling techniques, and exposing dogs to a trial environment all without the stress of a real judged trial.
I couldn't be happier with my tiny dog!