Interesting about Kylie and the age it came together...hoping it does with Belle but she is stressy so it may not. I do know it has helped with training more often lately as I wanted to make sure Raya was ready for trialing, so we were training more, like twice a week in October. Belle does really love it, just stresses when we go in the ring and start.I am hoping for that 'come together about 7' thing with Molly Kylie came together about 5, and at 6.5 she's very, very consistent. Like we don't even train agility anymore - odd trip through the weaves but that's about it. Just show up at trials and if i remember the course Q. It's weird. (If I cared about elite chances she'd need more, but I don't)
Next trial the weekend after Christmas. It's a horse barn. There are pigeons. Kylie will be fine. Border things are going to chase birds.
I have never trialed in a barn or outside or on dirt floors...not sure how we would do. Raya is not a sniffy dog though at all. We go in the ring and she is ready to run that course...