Big-dog-little-handler: Duke tries Agility.

Duke’s had a busy day, we tried agility for the first time! We have done some jumps in the garden; but never tunnels or a course. While looking at our training clubs new field we tried out a little course of jumps, a weave and tunnels. Our first ever real go!

Duke’s never seen a tunnel before now, let alone run through one! However he rocketed through without hesitation. Brave boy. Catching him on the other end was like being hit with a train! He breezed over most of the jumps and didn’t do too badly with the weave. A sneaky treat in one hand and he followed every command really well including running along side me.

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We are waiting for the fences to go up so he had to stay on the lead; but he loved it. He did get over excited at one point and give my arm a little nibble …but I can forgive him that.

The most important part of today was he managed to stay pretty chilled around his 4 legged friends. He barked a bit once or twice but on the whole was pretty calm and well behaved! A far cry from the dog who whined, cried, jumped, howled and was out of control every time he saw another dog. I can’t help but feel proud of my handsome chap! He also found a girl friend – aren’t they cute?

The one thing that did shock me was how much hard work running round the course was! I was shattered by the end and I’m pretty fit! Safe to say I think Duke and I are excited for our next go.

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Today a tunnel, tomorrow? Who knows?


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