1) Ready, Set, Go! Maggie is a nice heeler, but it takes her about half the pattern to "get into it"; before that she lags a little off the start. We need to work on getting her upbeat and ready so that when the judge says "forward" and I give her the signal, she is ready to go and excited.
2) My shoulders. I have a tendency to pull my left shoulder back when we are heeling. This pushes Maggie back and she lags. I think I have developed this habit because I like to look at my dogs when I am heeling. I need to concentrate on keeping my shoulders straighter.
3) Figure 8. Walk fast, keep the circles tight and really push through the "outside" portion of the figure 8 otherwise Maggie lags behind a bit and loses some of her spunk.
We also worked on getting straight fronts. This is something that Maggie has been struggling with for a while. Maggie has trouble finding "front" if I am not directly in front of her. So I set myself up at an angle and made her find front. She tried hard to figure out what I wanted and eventually started to catch on. We really need to work hard on her finding front from any position and ending up in a nice, straight sit.
The dogs got to practice some fun recalls, which gave them a break from all the "thinking" work they had to do in class.
At the end of class Maggie and Tate got to have some fun playtime. Maggie officially loves Tate and thinks he is quite handsome -he is a tri-colour boy ;-)