A Day in the Life of an Agility Dog

We get up early. So early that there is still need for some napping with a big white dog.

It’s still dark and we drive. We always seem to spend some time traveling for these days. I’m not as fond of being in the car as the big white dogs, but I usually like where the car takes me, so I go along for the ride.

We arrive and there’s a pretty good view of a spectacular mountain. It looks pretty far away, but maybe we’re going there?


Janey leaves me in my crate in the car, as the mornings are quite cool.


But soon, she comes back and we walk around. She has me sit in the dewey grass which I always enjoy.

After a bit, we go back to the car and she grabs some things – oh, and she lets me bring one of my favorite toys (sometimes she stuffs it with yummy treats!). Maybe we’ll tug??

I watch as other people walk around some obstacles set up – it’s time for agility!!

 

Our first run has jumps and tunnels and a frame (that’s one of my favorites!) and the weave poles (sometimes I pick up on some anxiety Janey has when she sends me to those and I hesitate and bark at her to tell her to relax but I’m not a great multi-tasker so I usually pop out but then we get to do them again!), a table and a dog walk. We go really fast and it’s some of the most fun I’ve had today. I guess I knock a bar and we don’t qualify but Janey was moving fast and cut to the right, so it really was my only option. It doesn’t seem to matter and we get to celebrate by eating some treats and tugging and playing.

After a bit, I go back to my crate to take a snooze and Janey goes to volunteer jump set for another class of dogs. She showed me a picture,


and it kind of looks like she is just hanging out, but I’m down with that.

After a terrific snooze, I get to go back and we run another course. This one has just jumps and weave poles and Janey isn’t anxious at all, gives me plenty of space in the poles and we’re finished in about 30 seconds – phew, that went by fast! We celebrate again and she has me pose with some ribbons that sometimes she picks up at these events.

Then we’re back in the car, and home before you know it. I get dinner with the big white dogs and a walk around the pond and I still have some energy, so Sascha and I tug a little.


I even try to get Janey or Bill to play some more tug, by throwing my best “ain’t I cute?” face,

but they aren’t as enamored of the game at this late hour. No matter, soon it’ll be bed time and then it’ll be another best day yet.

P.S. Janey says she’ll post some videos of our actual runs later – make sure and look for that!

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