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Well yeah this isn't about mister Bo, but his sis Abby. Basically we've been attending agility classes for 11 weeks now(tonight was our 11th) and she's doing great(we've actually trained for about 2 years on our own before finally starting proper classes)! In fact after I'm done with her I may start Bo in the beginners class(we'll see though cuz classes twice a week will be hard for me). Anywho tonight was a great class and looks like Abby may actually trial in a few months...

Well we just got back from class tonight and she's doing great! She is officially weaving 6 poles(not that she couldn't do it before), her contacts(2o2o) are coming along pretty well however it needs a bit of work, she is in love with the tunnel(previously she was terrified), and tonight we had our first intro to the chute and she did great with it.

Up until last week all of our classes had been indoors, but last Monday we had our first outdoor class and she was a mess. It really stressed her out and she just could not focus and every time I had her off leash she would bail and head for the gate. So I ended class early with her and did some massaging and just let her chill in the crating area. But tonight we had indoors and she was amazing again. She wasn't stressed and extremely well focused, but next week is outdoors so might have the stress issue again.

At any rate onto tonight. Well she was intro'd to the chute and did great She loves our instructor when I'm holding the lead, but the second she takes it Abby just wants nothing to do with her *sigh* which is in a way is kinda good as far as when we were intro-ing to the chute and tunnel because she just wanted to get away from her as fast as possible and well yeah....

Anywho towards the end of our class one of our instructors brought over the third set of 2x2's and worked with us a bit and within seconds she was weaving all 6 poles. Her entries are pretty solid and she only popped out once and that was my fault because I patted my leg and broke her concentration so she popped and came straight to me. Then we spent like 10 minutes talking about weave poles and Abby and I demoed her mad skill and with our instructor we went step by step on how we trained the weaves.

And afterwards they said we could technically start trialling in AKC novice jumpers courses since it's just jumps and weaves and since she has solid weaves they think we can do it, but they recommend waiting a few more months just so we can proof her weaves and work a bit more on the handling aspect since up until now we've just really been doing foundation work. But one of my instructors said I could go ahead and get her registered with AKC canine partners. And they said I could enter her in a trial or fun match just to get her used to trialling etc. I really wasn't planning to trial till towards the end of next year, but if I can I would so do it in a few months granted she's ready(and just jumpers for now since her contacts aren't exactly ready)

So there are 2 trials next year one in April and one in May. So we'll see how things go and I'll chat with my instructors closer to when I have to send in my entries and if they think it's a good idea I'll sign up and run a few novice jumpers courses. Also another deciding factor is if I actually have my driver's license. I've been talking about getting it for forever, but still haven't gotten that done. Hopefully by January though, but if I can I will also go to the New Years USDAA trial that our club is hosting just to watch and get her used to the trial environment.

At any rate she's doing great and coming along wonderfully. ..

For now here's a pic of Abby at class from a few weeks ago. Only good pic I could get from my phone



also I'll get some new pics of Bo tomorrow to share promise​
 

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Whoohoooo Abby...

Your abby looks just like my moms doggie too. Does she run real fast??
I will get some pictures to show you. I sware they are twins.
 

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Whoohoooo Abby...

Your abby looks just like my moms doggie too. Does she run real fast??
I will get some pictures to show you. I sware they are twins.
She runs fast when she feels like it. At home she's a lazy brat, but at class she runs. Her favorite time to take off is when we're near a body of water or a giant field. She'll run her heart out then. When she was younger she used to get the zoomies all the time and was a freaking speed demon especially when she would get loose and take off(thankfully she has amazing recall now) and play keep away.

yay for doggie twins! :clap: She has 2 twins at class. There's a lab mix who looks just like her minus the fact he doesn't splotch on his chest and a lady in my class has a dog who apparently just like her.
 
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