|the long tunnel|
|stackable jump or go around|
|the short tunnel|
This is the Back Dogs agility equipment. This has always been a fun activity for us. I started when Zappa and Fiona were about four or five months old. They loved it and it was hilarious to watch. They are all excellent at it. Although Silver will only do it if Brut isn't there. She loves to jump. When Zappa and Fiona were young, I trained them separately from Brut and Silver. Then I did them all as a group. I always used treats, until Brut's possessiveness kicked in full tilt. Then I started to do Brut separately from the others. If you read my post Why Didn't I Think of That, you'll remember that I use treats for much of my training, but Brut's food possession was getting out of hand and then a light bulb went off and I realized that I didn't need the use of treats. Brut's demeanor stayed happy, which meant everyone was happy.
So I tried today doing the agility training without the use of treats. Nothing formal, just weaving it in during play. I made sure I gave Brut the first couple of commands, so he would know I had no food and my reward was a happy voice and scratching the side of his head. It worked. I didn't click so that meant there was no food. He may have been confused for a minute, but he stayed happy and relaxed. It was great. The pressure was off.
Usually the other dogs stay away when we do the agility course with Brut. Sometimes Zappa or Fiona will tag behind Brut at a distance doing it on their own. Today Fiona was being the brave one. So I had Brut and her jump the barrel. What I discovered was amazing.
Then Fiona jumped...with Brut right there!
Then they went down for play...
And Brut POUNCED!!