Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Shut down


Katie and I had two classes today, the Rally class at 11:30 this morning and the Agility class at 6 tonight.  In both classes she pretty much shut down after about 30 minutes.  It was a bit warm, but nothing like how hot it was last week.

In the Rally class she started out sort of OK, but her heeling is all over the place, and when she sits she still sits far away from me.  Just to taunt me I guess.

In agility we started with teeter, not her favorite, though you can see she’s progressing nicely with her teeter in the driveway.  We have advanced from a 2 inch pipe to a 3 inch pipe no problem.  After teeter we were doing  jumps and weaves and she did the sequence twice then refused to do anything more.      At all.  Not happening.  Nope.  No jumps.  No chute.  Nadda.

After her refusal on the jumps I took her outside to pee.  On our way back to class she didn’t want to go into the building.  And she refused to do anything more, actually trotting out of the ring when it was our turn.  So we went home early. Poor baby.  Maybe two classes in one day is too much.  Next week I think I’ll skip the rally class and just try to do the fun stuff in agility.

She dozed all 25 minutes home tonight.  But when she got home and we were telling her Dad about our less then successful day she was all perky and wanted the rest of her chicken!  HA!  Not going to happen kiddo, no worky, no chickeny!  I had thought that cheese I”ve been using, and that I used this morning in Rally was no longer a high enough value food, so I went to the store after the Rally class and bought chicken and cooked it before the agility class!  Can’t say I didn’t try!  But that’s obviously not the problem.

Meanwhile this week if the weather dries up we’ll do our jumping and tunnels and such in our own backyard where things are always fun and not so much work!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

6 thoughts on “Shut down

  1. My husband took Shasta in to see about training for Angels in Whiskers the other day, but then he learned that if she were to get certified, it’s 30 minutes visits, in groups – we have a 30 mile drive to town, and it seems a bit much that it’s an hour of driving for a 30 minute visit. We’ve opted to let her continue to be a puppy for the next year and then revisit the issue.


  2. I’m sorry to hear that Katie shut down at class today. I will be interested to hear how class goes next week. Maybe the two classes in one day was just too much. I know that 30 minutes of training even at home, can be too long sometimes.

    On a good note, that’s super that you’re up to 3 inches under her teeter at home! 🙂


  3. When we first started out, Oreo definitely had a time frame. He would plain refuse to come out of his crate when it was his turn. I think the stress of the whole ordeal would simply throw him over the edge. He can go much longer now.

    It’s too bad the classes aren’t on different days, at opposite ends of the week.

    Great job on getting Katie more comfortable on the teeter at home.


  4. Sorry agility class didnt work out to well. Its great about her teeter being up to 3 inches. I would also try, if you can, to take that board other places so she generalizes the behavior. Diana


  5. We dogs definitely know our own minds! Sorry to hear that Katie shut down
    in class but I know how she feels – some times we have had enough even if there is chicken involved!

    Good progress on the teeter! That’s worth some chicken!


  6. Thanks everyone! Diana, I’ll take the plank and pipe over to the park and see how she does there.


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