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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:16 pm 
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Maybe she'll be the first rough and tough hog dog to also be an agility champ!

Now that we are back in Austin, I wanted to have some sort of activity for her to do during the week. Even though our new place backs up to a very hilly Greenbelt, daily hikes just aren't enough to keep her sane, and agility seemed like a good solution. Fortunately one of the trainers I really liked had a beginner class that fit our schedule, so on Tuesday night we had our first class.

It went great! With the exception of taunting a crazy Pointer mix, that poor dog wanted to play so bad and she would tease him with little jumps and tail arches that drove him nuts, Sadie was very well behaved. She was polite with all the other dogs and handlers while waiting her turn and had no problem with the trainers leading her to obstacles while I encouraged her to come through. And boy, did she run through those things fast when she realized she got a treat at the end! It has been over a year since we did training with treats and she was totally geared up for it. We only did four obstacles the first class and then some ground work, but she seemed to have fun learning them, even the tricky exercises like weave poles.

So hopefully next week I'll have another good report. This certainly is not replacement for hogs, she has a prey drive that no amount of agility could satisfy, but I think it will be a great way to keep her balanced in between her weekend hunts. Wish us luck!

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 Post Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:30 pm 
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Good luck with the training, you'll like the results.

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 Post Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:47 am 
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Good to see you Kevin!

Sadie is doing great. We've had a couple classes canceled due to the rain, so we're only about halfway through the beginner course, but she is one of the best in her class. We have all the the obstacles down, except for those darn weave poles, and she has nailed targeting. But she does get frustrated when she has to wait for other dogs to practice. She whines and dances around, and once we're on deck she would run through a brick wall to get to the obstacle. As I said before, it will never be a substitute for getting out in the woods to hunt, but it's a great supplement during the week and a fun way for us to bond.

Kevin, you should definitely look into this lady for your own pups. Her name is Becky Saltwick and her site is www.PawsitivelyDogsAgility.com. She has class on William Cannon near 290, so it is a convenient drive from Dripping. And if you do want to compete, she and her students prefer the USDAA and NADAC, which means Lacys are welcome.

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 Post Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:31 pm 
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I'm so proud of Sadie! :D Good Job Julie !!

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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:38 am 
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Sounds fun, Julie. Agility is mentality and physically challenging for dogs.

When I lived in Dallas, I got into a dog disc club with Luna. I haven't found a disc club in Austin but I still practice with her two or three times a week. Even when we lived at the ranch, we still found time for disc. Luna isn't a high flyer like some of the serious disc competitors...but lacies have the strength, focus, and agility to excel at it.

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