Last night, Maggie got to tag along with Bosley and I when we went to Rally Obedience practice. This was the first time that I have done any obedience with Maggie since our Saskatoon trial, which was about 6 weeks ago (Maggie has been on an obedience "break" since then). I gave her a break to try to get some enthusiasm back in her obedience work. Ever since I put her in the Novice Obedience ring in August (where she had a total ring meltdown) she has not been interested in doing any obedience, even Rally, which she loves.
I love doing obedience with Maggie because she tries really hard and is technically quite good when she is "on". Last night was a good night for her. I did a very quick warm up with her and then a fun little Rally course(the rest of the time she had to watch me work with Bosley). I gave her lots of praise and cookies through the whole course and she did great. She was back to her spunky, fun self. I sure wish she could be like that in the ring.
This is one of my favorite pictures (taken by Sarah). It is Maggie and I at our first ever Rally Obedience trial (APDT). It was such a great day and even though we didn't qualify (I messed up, not Maggie) I was so proud of how Maggie did our very first time in the ring.I am going to take my time to try to get Maggie ring ready again. She needs to know that obedience is fun, even when we are at a trial. So for now we will do short,fun obedience exercises with lots of rewards and praise and hopefully she will be back to her usual goofy self in no time.