As I have said before, Gretel is a little athlete and I think she would be great at agility. She is a fast, strong little bugger and fear just doesn’t seem to compute for her (unless we are talking people or other dogs of course)
I have also said before that I just don’t have the desire or time to dedicate to practicing and getting her good at it. That doesn’t mean we don’t like to dabble though.
There is this little place near our house, called the K9 Fun Zone, that has weekly Yappy Hours where your dog can come and play at an “indoor dog park”. They have some agility equipment they set out so you can mess around if you want.
We went for the first time a couple of weeks ago. We played with some of the agility equipment and BOTH dogs did good.
Chester is cautious on unstable and slick surfaces (smart dog if you ask me) but even he went up the stairs and slid down the slide. He even tried to climb up it a couple of times!
There was this ladder-looking thing made out of PVC pipe (maybe someone knows the technical name?). It was laid out horizontally and raised up off of the ground about 6 inches. I was told that it was to help dogs gain more awareness about the placement of their feet and bigger dogs were to go through it teeter-tottering their front feet and back feet together through the spaces between the “ladder rungs”. She said that it didn’t work that way for short dogs though and gave us some exercises we might want to try.
I led Gretel up to one end of this contraption and started to lure her towards the other end with treats. What did Gretel do?? She stood up on the first two rungs (front feet on one and back feet on another) and walked the whole 4 feet of the length ON TOP OF IT. I absolutely couldn’t believe it!
She wouldn’t touch the thing again after that. Maybe we scared her with all of the hoopla. Every time I moved the treat towards the other end she would walk around the side of it to get to the treat.
I am not sure who had more fun – me or them – but we are going back again in a couple of weeks with our Adventureweiner group.