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Friday, January 18, 2013
Agility anyone? The coyotes headed toward the agility course outside our bedroom window...
And then left two days later!
Shyla and I ran/rode past the "agility trail camera" on our way to see the sunrise this morning. I can tell that spring is inching toward us because the sunrise sun puddles are moving within the forest. Boulders that were spotlighted by the rising sun just 2 weeks ago are now dark. We search for new spots.
Shyla used to be afraid of my bike, a few months ago. Not any more. Now she knows that it means FUN, and she gets so excited when I roll it out of the basement.
Shyla prefers other games besides agility during the winter, when our agility course is full of snow. Her drive to retrieve is growing exponentially, as long as I don't introduce any "official retrieving dummies" (a.k.a. "bumpers") into the game. My goal is to build her drive to play and to do training so I make it as fun as possible for her.
She launched herself after the rope toy that I'd thrown...
And returned with it, so enthusiastically!
Then, she had a Zen Moment before we headed up to Hug Hill.
I've always done lots of my training with my dogs on top of Hug Hill, perhaps because I love it up there so much. Today, we practiced retrieving, and bringing the toy all the way to my hand.
Of course, I couldn't get photos of the toy being delivered to my hand... but Shyla did pretty well for being outdoors in a distracting setting. Most importantly, she had tons of fun!
Next, she's going to learn to ride a bike.
Which would be more amazing - a dog pedaling a snowbike or a coyote doing agility?