Last Thursday Delilah and I did a drop-in agility class.
I was a little disappointed with our performance. Truthfully it has been a while since we did agility on a regular basis, which may be why Delilah seemed like she was too intent on the treats instead of on me. She would dart off course and snarf around to see if the dog before her had left anything.
I’ve been thinking I’d like to try different activities with Delilah to find something that really motivates her and that might help us get more in sync.
I heard of this new dog sport called Treibball, it is sort of like soccer for dogs. I was checking their website out to see if there was a facility near us and as luck would have it, there is one about 20 minutes away. I called last Friday and left a message requesting a phone call to get a few questions answered.
This morning I had a phone call from the person in charge of Pet Education and Therapy, we spoke for over half an hour. I started off with asking if they accepted titres and they do!!
I then went on to explain the issues I’ve been having with Delilah and the training we have already completed and how I am looking for a new sport to help us develop a deep bond.
We talked about Treibball but after hearing that Delilah doesn’t really care much for fetching a ball, Audrey thought that Nosework might be a better fit for her. Unfortunately there are no Nosework classes currently scheduled but Audrey suggested I sign up for the newsletter which will notify me when the class is scheduled.
I told Audrey how food motivated Delilah is and she recommended we start with an Intermediate Training class which is a positive reinforcement class designed to help wean the dogs off the treats.
Audrey says she loves working with labs because most owners are amazed when she can get their dog to run down the center of the room and not eat the treats. I laughed at that because it will be certainly a day to be circled on the calendar when Delilah passes up a treat!
The kicker is that since I don’t vaccinate for Kennel Cough she doesn’t recommend we take the class offered at the Doggie Daycare, so we need to wait for the next Intermediate Class offered at the other facility, which isn’t until July 10th.
I’m really OK with waiting because Delilah’s annual check up is scheduled for June 6th, which gives me plenty of time to get the titre results and vaccinate if needed.
Positive things are happening at Casa de Stone, I’m quite excited for Delilah to learn Nosework and hope we can get good enough to bring Nosework to the Mellow Mutt.
How was your Monday? Anything exciting to share?