Gatsby’s first agility class went well. Considering he had never been exposed to agility equipment before, he surprisingly approached each one with no hesitation. Even the tunnel. He did have trouble with the weave poles. Since this is just Agility 1, all he had to do was walk in a straight line between the poles. He decided he wanted to be an overachiever and start weaving already, so we did have some trouble getting him to just walk straight and hitting his mark at the end.
I think his favorite was the A-frame. He would bolt up and we really have to tell him to slow down on the way down, or tell him “wait” at the end so he could make his mark. To get him to hit his mark, the trainer had us put a treat on a small rubber “plate” thing (so he knows he’s supposed to stop there). Well, since he’s a Fatsby, he would eat the treat, walk away from the A-frame, and then turn around to see if there’s another treat that magically appeared.
He listened very well today and we were glad for that. HOWEVER, he was a jerk in the beginning when he started barking (for no reason) at this other dog in the class (I think she was either a border collie or an Australian shepherd…or a mix of both). Jerkface Fatsby would start barking every time this dog would run through the tunnel, causing the other 2 dogs in class to start barking as well. Sigh.
Overall, we can tell he enjoyed himself (because he got to have so many treats) and hopefully, he’ll keep improving week after week so we can advance to Agility 2 in no time.