Have you ever looked at the calendar in July and realized it’s already October? Well, maybe not, but that’s how fast our summer blazed by. Quite literally. This girl is not a fan of 100 degree temps and is glad to welcome hats, jackets and hot cocoa weather.
So. Without further ado…gratuitous puppy shot! Oh wait, he’s not really a puppy, anymore. Okay, <ahem> gratuitous Dogwalk shot! Oh, dogwalk, how do my Merlies love thee?
If that didn’t give it away, I’ll be blunt… Desmond is following his older brother’s paw prints and is learning running contacts. While Des is not a big boy in the doggy world, he’s a lot bigger than Dunc, and strides like he expects to go into flight. But since I enjoy a challenge (and banging my head against hard objects) I decided to give running contacts with Des a shot. Holy guacamole, Batman, this kid’s got wings!
4.5 months in the making…in the spirit of “dude, pics or it didn’t happen“, here you go:
Today was a banner day. We’ve spent the last two weeks learning how to glue rubber onto a dogwalk. It involved several days of sanding (belt sanders are tools sent straight from hell), and then several more days of gluing. My fingers may never be the same again since a combo of sandpaper and glue has removed my fingerprints, but we debuted the finished dogwalk today. (and maybe my life of crime??) First time with slats, first time with rubber, and first time at 33″. This is what Des thought of his newly improved contact:
I think that’s a big “Whoo Hoo” from the DesMonster.
He looks amazing on that new dog walk surface!!! So exciting! Did you have a certain method that you used to train the running contacts?
Thanks, Claire! Yes, we’re learning with Silvia Trkman’s method. She’s supportive of those with Des types and Dunc type – those who need a little more motivation, and it’s worked for both.
the DW is looking awesomly fun! Duncan is definately a peanut with a big dog stride!
Thanks, Shona! We’ve got to keep up with our big Aussie friends!
I admit I don’t know a lot about agility training and such, but Des doesn’t seem to have any hesitation or concerns with the new dogwalk. I think he needs more of a challenge. 🙂