Dusty: Rising Agility Star

Tonight Dusty had his first outdoor agility lesson, and it was great! He still barked a lot and wanted to go, go, go nonstop, but having a larger course to run and more space seemed to make him focus a little better on the task at hand while he was running.

Unlike Hogan, Dusty is very ball-motivated, so instead of treats at the end of his run, his reward is having the ball thrown.

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Really, the only thing slowing Dusty down is me, so I’ve got to improve my cardio so I can run faster. I also need to develop a different style with Dusty than I have when running Hogan. Whereas Hogan won’t go into a tunnel unless I’m right beside him, Dusty can be sent into the tunnel or over a jump from a few feet away. I just keep forgetting that.

Here’s video of his biggest run today:

We’re still several lessons away from competing, but we may yet see Dusty at an agility trial before the summer’s out. Hope Hogan won’t mind having a fellow champ in the family!

 

 

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