Thursday night was agility class. Normally on agility nights, Delilah and I head over to the training center, while Hubby takes Sampson somewhere special.
Hubby had something to do immediately after work so we decided that I would take Sampson with me and he could hang out with Sara’s dogs, Chuck and Orbit. When Hubby had finished what he was doing, he would swing by and take Sampson for a little walk around the neighborhood.
When we got to The Mellow Mutt, Brisco and his mom was there. She had let him off-leash so he could run around the training room but when she saw us approaching she made to leash him up.
I suggested that the dogs run around a bit before class started if she was okay with it. So she opened the gate and Sampson and Delilah ran inside.
Then I remembered that Sampson is not supposed to be running.
I grabbed him and put him out in the common room with Chuck and Orbit, while Delilah and Brisco played in the tunnel.
Would you believe that no-one else came?
We had the agility course all to ourselves so we did three and four runs at a time!
Apparently Brisco’s mom and I run the agility course wrong. We run along the outside of the ring, which means we work extra hard. (Well if you’re a long time reader, you know this is the story of my life! My nick name should be Wrong-Way-Stone) LOL
Sara arranged the course so everything was along the outer edge of the ring, then she made us run it, with us on the inside.
Hubby had arrived by then and took a short video of Delilah and I.
As you can see, we need a lot of work, and having me run in the middle with Delilah on my left side threw us both off. You can also see how tired we both get after running the course twice.
Since we are only doing this for fun and I have no intention of ever running a real agility match, it doesn’t matter to me if we are perfect or fast.
The point is that we do something fun, we bond as a team and Delilah gets a mental stimulation as well as physical.
Does your dog need mental stimulation as well as physical exercise? What kinds of things do you do to provide that mental stimulation?
P.S. In a comment a few weeks back Misty said she’d love to see a video of us doing agility. This one’s for you Misty!