a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Fitness for Agility Addendum

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fitness for Agility Addendum

SUMMARY: Forgot to mention--getting there and teeters.

FYI, the Stairs this morning took me 2:54 the first time up and 3:14 the second time up (after walking the 3/4 mile back around to the base), using a stopwatch this time.

Forgot to mention about class last night:

Boost's teeters and dogwalks were lovely. I've been putting out targets in class fairly often again, and she went straight down and nose-touched, sometimes repeatedly, at the end of each. Just like the old days! Whether that translates to doing straight-down nose-touches in competition rather than coming of the side, dunno. But it's nice to have that behavior back.

Getting there: I felt last week that I was doing a good job of hustling to be where I needed to be. This week, over and over, I wasn't. They weren't easy sequences, but I watched so many classmates just seeming to take a couple of steps and be where they needed to be. I think it has more to do with when I actually start moving. They're fond of saying, "It's not how you get there, it's how WHEN you get there," including when you start moving. My timing, after all these years, is still pretty bad. Sometimes on the 2nd or 3rd try I'd actually get to where I needed to be. Could there be do-overs in competition, please?

That's it for now.

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