According to Mum, we're heading to our very first Agility Competition this Sunday. (Tomorrow) and we'll be hanging out at the venue the whole day. Sounds exciting (blah!) So to allow me a place to rest while we wait between runs, Mum bought me this canine Camper. She bought it in an extra-large size, which prompted Daddy to say it was way too big for me. It was so big, that Mum and I could both be in it at the same time. Mum's explanation was that she wanted it big enough for "2" dogs. 2 dogs?? Who's the 2nd dog Mum? Apparently, in future Mummy and Daddy will add a brother or sister to me. I can't wait.
Here's me in the camper. It is so big, that it is filling up a 1/4 of my living room space. This entry is about me being trained to be comfortable in a new 'space'.
Mum gives me the same command for entering a space as with my regular crate, "Go Sleep" means "go into this space and stay there till I free you". She gives me the hand signal pointing inward the camper, while commanding me, and the moment I step in, she says "Good Boy" and treats me. Then I get "Freed" and she lets me out, another treat.
We keep repeating this "Go Sleep" and "Free" till I get it, moving in and out of the camper with ease, no hesitation, no problems. And I get free treats for that, what's not to like about this new exercise?
All I care about is really that treat in her hand, I'll do anything for that treat.
"Go Sleep" means go in and stay there. (Mum even threw my current fav toy in there to keep me company, its called a ruffian and it makes funny noises)
I'm excited about the agility trial competition this Sunday, but Mum is a bit nervous. Its our very first time running in a competition environment but I think we're both ready. Better to start sooner than later. All Mum wants for me to do is to quality. We don't need to get the top 4 positions.
We're competing in 2 Regulars, 1 Jumpers and 1 Tunnelers and in the Novice level. Keep your paws crossed for me and hope I do well. Just to qualify will be good enough.