codypup Posted October 6, 2004 Report Share Posted October 6, 2004 A while back I posted here about Cody nipping at my feet while doing agility. I think I still need advice or encouragement. Although we advanced to the advanced class I just don't feel like we are getting much out of it. Cody still runs around the room EVERY class. He still nips a little at my feet but now he jumps around me and barks between obstacles. When I put him in a down to settle his breathing is labored from excitment (stress) I guess. He can hardly stand to watch the other dogs take their turns...he is at full attention, focused on them completely, whines and barks so that I now take him out of the room. There he is calm. During this class there is only one other dog in the group. When a new dog does join he is focused on them. Cody can do the weave poles but in the last class he was so focused on the other dog he wouldn't pay attention to where he was going. I feel frustrated and wonder if I should take a break and let him mature more (he's 1 1/2 years old) or continue. He has beautiful contacts and I feel he knows the obstacles if he could just focus. At home he is not so bad. He is still focused on some distractions but not like in class. At home it seems to be more managable. My trainer feels its age and in his "genes" to behave this way. She thinks he has very strong herding instincts but that doesn't do me any good. I just want to have fun with my dog and let him have fun. So continue, take a break, or quit? Is this just to stressful for him? Jill Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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