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Stella was incredible in class today. IN CRED I BLE.
Fast. Exact. Tight. Playful. Magic. Full of herself. Confident. Happy.
And I even had to have Razz crated in the room (way too cold in the car) and he was screaming bloody murder. She was all about the agility.
I have always known she had the skills, but to nail it like that, with no questioning, letting me get way ahead... we had a lap turn threadle to a blind, a tandem turn after a puppy cannon, a tough forced front directly out of a tunnel... she made me look good.


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Feb. 20th, 2015 03:09 am (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
I've given up putting the energy into the extra dimension of class video. I know its useful, always is, but I decided I need to put all my energy into Stella in the moment and what exactly I want to do on the course, which also involves a kind of being there... I spend the whole turn of the dog ahead of us getting her, revving her, warming her up physically and sometimes she is there faster than others, but she is still work and we both love the pay off. So all I think about is her and the course nowadays.
Feb. 20th, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
Got it.
You totally need an assistant!

I'll get right on that for ya.
Feb. 20th, 2015 03:18 pm (UTC)
: )
Feb. 20th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
Yay, Stella!!!
Feb. 20th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Soshana said our first time through was brilliant and then said there were two tiny nitpicky things I could work on if I wanted... one was getting her commitment even faster coming out of the tunnel before the forced front (because the jump was dead on from the tunnel and she was looking at it first, and she wanted Stel looking at me coming out of the tunnel) and the other to keep my hand low, lower, on the thread lap turn... I do tend to fling my hands up too much...
Feb. 20th, 2015 03:41 am (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
it is still hard work to get her to this every time, but maybe it will get easier... as she remembers how much she does love agility and realizes it is so much more fun this way than worrying about that big dog over there and the one that is barking right here and whatever... So, Its been part of an overall strategy to de-stress her generally in life, or re-route her stress energy, change her state when she goes off... make her feel I am on top of keeping her safe... yes, woot for sure. But, I am kind of baffled that several classes now in a row she has been bringing it like this
Feb. 20th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. I need to do this with Matilda, too. She is so happy when we run the course with the right kind of energy and arousal.
Feb. 20th, 2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
Bloody awesome
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