I'm reviving (or restarting) the old thread "agility classes" because I miss it. For those that missed that thread, it was about progress/brags/problems in members' agility classes.
The wet/cold season has meant a hiatus from disc training, so we've been concentrating on agility for the last few months. Classes couldn't be better: the instructor is fabulous - I love how organized and resourceful she is, and how I never know what challenge I'll face on any given week until I get there. Agility class is like the highlight of my week.
Come to think of it, agility class is the highlight of Kit's week, too. Sometime I'll have to record and post here her screams of joy (no better way to describe it) as we pull into the training facility.
I love, love, love the drive that Kit has on course. She eats ground like a greyhound. I'm loving this stage of her training, because as she becomes slightly more independent and is starting to read me better, I'm starting to be able to think about my next move instead of worrying about her. She's got a nice balance of equipment focus vs. handler focus. Her weaves are the envy of many, and her only Q so far is in a NADAC weavers course.
Our challenges lately are start-line stays (complete with lots of backtalk from her), distance work, directionals, and getting her up to her regular jump height (20"). A few weeks ago we went thru a stage (around 3 weeks) of naughtiness where she basically just wanted to make up her own courses and run around out of control. That seems to have passed, though.
Our second, third, and fourth trials (all NADAC) are coming up, starting about 3 weeks from now. I'm excited to finally get to run Kit in some standard novice NADAC courses, rather than in games trials where all levels run the same course (so courses are beyond us both).