So Mike and I started agility class this morning and boy was it fun. We walk into the room to find a Sheltie, a Mini-Aussie, a Pomeranian, and a Black Lab. So when we walked in everyone said "WOAH!" It was hilarious. The lab was smaller, probably about 40 pounds, and the other dogs were obviously tiny. And then Mike, the 80 pound beast, walks in. Everyone was visibly sketched out by him.
We started out class and had to tell about ourself, our dog, and why we're taking class. I told them exactly what Mike is, an Akita/pit bull mix, and told his shelter story. Everyone continued to be sketched out.
Then class began and everyone was in awe of how well behaved Mike was. And frankly, I thought he was being a bit of a pain in the butt, but he was about a million times more well behaved than their dogs were being. The lab's owner was just full of compliments about him: his behavior, his training, his temperment, his collar (yes Noel, I gave her your website address so get it up and running already!), and how handsome he is. By the end of class no one was sketched out by him, and they all wanted to come say hi and he was in heaven (he's a little attention w hore, that dog is).
Since it's just an intro class, today we worked on going around a cone and going over the a-frame and targeting at the end. Mike was doing fantastically, everyone was impressed with his level of excitement when it came to working (especially since he waits for his turn in a very calm down stay), and how intent he was on making eye contact with me. It was great. The only bad part was my near-loss of fingers (I guess I need to work on him taking treats a bit more gently . . . OUCH!).
So yeah, I'm psyched to be taking this class, and bummed that I have to wait until next Saturday for the next one! If anyone out there is thinking about doing agility but hasn't, I say go sign up! You and your dog will love it.
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." -Anatole France