Is Madison on course to become a future agility champion, or not? She has been taking agility courses since January and has only missed one class. She loves going to school, running the courses, and seeing her classmates, but how good is she at agility?
The weaves are her favorite thing right now. Dogs have to be at least a year old to even start working on weaves, so she has only been working on them for a couple months. The closer the poles get to a straight line, the faster, and more excited she seems to get. Have a look at the quick video of Madison running through the weave poles at her class earlier this week. Even angled entrances are not a problem for her!
What about running a regular agility course? Madison’s class is divided into three stations which each dog works during class. One is weaves, and the other two are different courses. There are a few things we see as obstacles in Madison’s agility career at the moment.
- The class starts at 8:20 pm. Madison normally goes up to bed at 8:30 – 9 pm. It is really late for Mom and Madison, and the energy level is not at its peak.
- GBGV’s are not really made for agility. Madison enjoys all the obstacles, but she doesn’t have the drive of say, a Border Collie.
- Some fear. In the video, you will see Madison doesn’t want to jump over all the jumps. The night the video was taken, she dropped a bar on the two jumps for the first time ever which made her a bit scared to try again.
- Being short is tough. Madison has short little legs, and there is a lot of running and jumping for her short but long body. Believe it or not, she is getting faster.
In the course video, you will notice all the cheering. Like Bailie, Madison loves attention, so when everyone in class and the instructors cheer her on, she runs much better. Silly girl!
Hopefully in January Mom and Madison can move to an earlier class which would help some with the energy level. At this point, we don’t know if or when they will enter a competition, but the main thing is, they are having fun. Madison may never be a future agility champion, but she is having fun learning agility and running courses…but remember her love is the weaves!
The 4 Gifts for Pets Giveaway Extravaganza is still going strong!
Remember to enter your secret word every day! Today the word is in the above graphic. For the weekend, I suggest you check on the My GBGV Life Facebook page to find it. Don’g forget to visit the other participating blogs to increase your chances of winning!