Friday, November 18, 2016

Backyard Fall Fun

Last week, I mentioned that both of the pets had gained a little weight during our fostering experience. Everyone's been on a diet and we're making great progress. Mother Nature's also been helping us get back to normal. Most of the days have been sunny and in the 50s or low 60s. 

I know that snow is coming--in fact, they're predicting lake effect snow for Sunday--so we've been taking advantage of the nice weather as much as possible.

Of course, we've been walking our usual three miles or more a day, but at this time of year, the abominable snow pup is coming out of hibernation and that's not enough for her. When my parents visited, they brought our tunnel that was living at their house while we lived in an apartment, so we decided to bring out our two jumps and our weave poles and set up a mini course.


Barley has been struggling with lead outs lately--part of it is because we've gotten a few new classmates and she's still not completely used to their presence, so she's very distracted when I set her up at the first jump and walk away and sometimes decides she should get up and sniff around or follow me to avoid temptation of saying hi to her classmates. 


The other part of it is that we just haven't practiced it as much as we used to. In our old neighborhood, we'd go to the football field when it wasn't in use and I'd set her on one yard line and walk out to the next and we'd keep increasing distance. We don't have a place like that in our new neighborhood and in class we've been using more sling starts and starting together instead of leading out. Somehow, it always ends up being a surprise to me when something we were really good at gets a little rusty when we don't practice for a while--even though I've had plenty of evidence to prove that to me!


We also got to change the jumps around easily so we could practice wrapping the jumps, sending the back of jumps, 180s, and threadles. Barley handles all of those things well in class, but the backyard gave us a chance to practice them with more distractions. 


In class this week, Barley was much more solid with our lead out and she had no problem with some of the more difficult jump patterns we had. For a change, Barley actually curled up after it got dark and I settled in for grading and lesson planning for the night. Our agility trainer also commented on how great her weight is looking, too!

We hope everyone else has had delightful weather and a chance to play outside! 

10 comments:

  1. You are so right, keeping our fur babies active is very important.
    I absolutely admire the fact that you made a nice little course in your backyard! What a great idea :)
    Jump Barley, juuump! hehe

    Chelsea

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    1. We're looking forward to getting a couple more jumps so that we can expand the course a bit more!

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  2. I'm glad you finally have all of your agility stuff! It looks like she had a great time :)

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    1. Barley's happy we have all of our stuff in one spot now, too!

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  3. That has to be one great thing about having your own big yard! Barley looks very happy!
    We are taking advantage of every nice day we've had; even though we haven't seen a lot of sunshine. Today is probably going to be the last day of warmth, and it will be time to dig out the coats, etc. by Sunday here too!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. This is absolutely the best part of having our own yard! Our warm, sunny days might be gone for good now, too. I had to find some gloves and a scarf this weekend, so I'm glad that we were able to get a few days of agility in!

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  4. With your own yard it is a good excuse to set up your own agility course and work on homework. Good job!

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    1. Barley definitely thought it was a fun way to spend the day!

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  5. You have a fabulous yard to practice in. I bet you got that snow they were predicting.

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    1. We actually didn't get the snow! We saw a few flakes, but nothing stuck.

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