Our final two Take it on the Road classes were wonderful. One was at Manito Park on Spokane's South Hill. The weather was fantastic which meant the park was very busy with a lot of people and dogs not in our class. Meg was awesome! She walked calmly with a mostly loose leash (lots of distracting smells) and paid very little attention to the ducks in the duck pond. She even said hello to Cathy Fox's (trainer) husky mix who came to join us on our walk around the park.
The final class was downtown at Spokane's Riverfront Park. Another gorgeous day and even more people at the park. Meg was fantastic and very focused on me. She even took a few treats from strangers, though she did not want them to pet her. That's ok though. She was a little nervous on the bridge over the falls at first. The high water level made for very noisy roaring falls and the narrow bridge left little room for escape. After a short while though, Meg started to relax and even looked over the edge to check out the falls. We had a lot of fun and even walked down to the lower falls, an area I've never been to before. I can't wait to join in on future classes!
On to more recent news....
Meg has really been working the weave poles! She's pretty much got her entry down and now fully understands the pattern at home. She does sometimes get a bit distracted, but she does great when focused. In class, its another story. In class, weaves are like a completely new concept, but we're working on it.
Here is a video from one of our practice sessions. It was just before the fourth of July and the neighbors were setting off fireworks. Meg didn't pay much attention to them though and did great!