Join Date: May 2014
Location: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
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Hershey's First Agility Class
Well first night of agility for Hersh and I thought I had made a mistake. We arrived a little early and walked in to the arena. It is a large horse arena with a huge clanging door that bangs when you walk in. That scared the begeebees out of Hersh right there. It is very, very loud in there with people and dogs every where you look. He started cowering under a bench right beside us. I tried soothing him and comforting him and distracting him by offering him treats. Now this is a dog that will turn himself inside out for treats. He wouldn't touch them. I thought this should be interesting. I have never seen him so scared. So I carried him into the arena where we would be training and walked him all around the equipment and let him sniff and explore as much as he wanted and kept talking happy talk to encourage him. The class began and the first thing was a jump. I couldn't believe it. I had Ollie with me to and decided to have Ollie go beside him and go over the jump and Hershey followed right after Ollie. Big good boys all around. After 3 jumps he wanted the treats and was acting pretty happy. He then did the weave poles great and then came the tunnel. I thought, no way, but he was a champ and went through without hesitation. At this point he is really proud of himself and wolfing down the treats like crazy. By the end of the night he was having so much fun I was amazed. When we went out the big clanging door to leave he couldn't have cared less. Hurray it is going to be fine.