Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bad news.

I took Chan hiking to tire him out and then to class.
It was our first night outside, so of course I had Mr. Distracted Dog.
However, he got really revved up at the fast dogs and was lunging...
...and he hurt his rear suspension again.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Monday's Agility Class

Not much new. He zooms way ahead of me and steering is still an issue.
Reactive to fast moving dogs on the course.
Still having a great time however.

Monday, April 13, 2009

*sigh* No agility tonight

We're missing class.
Chandler did *something* to his hindquarters while playing chuckit yesterday afternoon.
By 8 pm he was whimpery, generally collapsed, and standing hunched over when coaxed to stand.
I was afraid he was bloating or had done something to his spine.
So, at 9 pm my dad and I headed out to the emergency clinic with him.
(Interestingly, when let out the back door, Chandler shuffled immediately to the car and loaded himself into the back seat.)
We had the usual long wait, and the only thing the vet could find was that his hind legs were really tensed up.
Diagnosis was a soft tissue injury that stiffened up.
So now Chan's on Metacam for a few days, and has been ordered to be a "couch potato".
(Honestly, it did say that on the sheet.)
He's better tonight, and is getting around, but I'm still going to make him take it easy.

Friday, April 10, 2009

3rd Agility Session, week 1

Well, it was a yucky, rainy day, so all the dogs were wired.
I'd gotten Chan out for his full walk, but he was still energetic.
He went back to lunging and barking when the border collie was running. *sigh*
He finds the sound of a dog running through the tunnel to be very stimulating.
I also need to work on his stays, since he broke due to eagerness a couple times.
The trainer said something about impulse control.
As usual we faked our way through the weaves, were told we had to practice, but were not told how to teach them.
(That is unless she wants us to teach by moving beside the dog and directing it, which tends to result in slow weaves, from what I understand. I thought that wasn't the idea?)
Otherwise, the usual steering problems, but less of them.