22 Mar Advanced Rally-O
Tys and I did our first Rally-o advanced class today at Who’s Walking Who. I am planning on doing a Novice Trial on April 18th so I figured the more opportunities we have to practice, the better. I have to say that compared to freestyle, rally-o is a breeze. We do an about turn and Tyson is looking at me, like he is saying, are you serious, that’s all I have to do. If we don’t do well at the trial it will truly be my fault. I get so nervous. I was even nervous running through the course today.
There was a huge mastiff in our class named Simon, that fits right into Tyson’s ‘I HATE THAT DOG’ profile. I gave his owner a heads up that Tyson is scared of large dogs. We managed to keep our distance despite the fact that Simon does occassionally like to visit other dogs. Tyson gave me feedback throughout the class that he was highly aware of Simon but he worked really well, especially since we did the course offleash. Tyson seems to know that in a class environment he is safe from other dogs charging at him.
So the trial on April 18th will be a first for me. I am going to have a private lesson next week for some additional preparation. As far as I’m concerned, you can never be too prepared.