OUTSTANDING class last night

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » March 17th, 2011, 9:27 am

Last night was the last class for this session of Rally. Only 3 of us showed up, so Ginger decided we could do some off-leash stuff. Two of the dogs were put into the office and back room while the other was working, so there was no danger.

Well, I figured Inara would do okay; not great, but okay. There was a stranger there last night watching class, and Inara loves strangers, so I figured she'd ignore me and go visit with Ginger and the stranger for a bit. How wrong I was! Ginger had me unclip the leash and then run around a bit to keep Inara interested in me, and then we began the course. Inara has NEVER focused on me like she did when she was off-leash. We probably would have gotten a perfect score if we'd been showing and she performed like that. Heeling patterns, left and right turns, u-turns, figure 8's, a jump, a table, down/walk around, etc. Amazing. It was just so cool!

Since most of us are continuing and just restarting the next 6-week session, Ginger said we'll probably start doing more and more off-leash, working up to the point where ring-gates are the only barriers between dogs (we'll have leashes or long-lines attached, so not totally off-leash). I'm really excited!
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 17th, 2011, 9:49 am

Whooohooo! WTG Inara and Liz!
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Postby amalie79 » March 17th, 2011, 12:28 pm

That's awesome!!

Simon had been a nightmare on-leash...but off-leash, he heeled like a champ. He was much more comfortable around people off-leash, too, but that was a theoretical liability.

I think for some dogs, when the tether is gone, they realize they have to pay more attention.

YAY Inara!!!
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Postby Jenn » March 17th, 2011, 3:28 pm

Way to go girls! :)
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Postby FAB dogs » March 17th, 2011, 7:04 pm

Nice job!!
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