Making Progress

Last night was Bella’s 5th training class. We had a two week break, so it was really nice and fun to get back into the swing of things. Bella walked in there like she owned the place, and I’ll let it stay that way! I want her walking in there confident.

I chose to not exercise her before class because I think she tends to work better when she’s a little psychotic. I’d rather her be super energetic and ready to work instead of a little tired and not motivated. When she’s hyped up, she seems to be more motivated and willing to offer behaviors.

During class, we worked on pivoting, finishes, and fronts. We’ve been working on left finishes for a while, but last night was our first night to practice right finishes. Honestly, the first one she did was really good, in my opinion. She let me lure her into it, and her sit was straight, which is good because we’ve been working on that. Her fronts could definitely use some work, and that’s what I’m going to practice this week at home. Instead of her being center with me, she tends to sit more towards my right side because that’s where my treat bag is. I kind of want to find or build a front box to work on straightening it up. Other than that, she did really well. My trainer introduced a heeling stick, too, but I’m not quite sure how to use it.

Like I mentioned in my last update, we were going to actually try to put signs out and do a course. I was so nervous! I don’t like having the attention on me at all. But, we did it, and Bella did pretty good. We have a long way to go, though. It really wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be. Every time it was Bella’s turn to go into the ring, she would seriously drag me in there. Like someone told me, it’s a great problem to have. She’s showing that she loves doing it and wants to have her turn. I’m so glad she’s having fun. This is what I’ve wanted for us for so many years. Like always, I’m excited for next class!

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