Well, now I have no excuses not to be able to train Bosley for Open Obedience, since I now have a regulation size panel jump and broad jump. I still need to cut and paint one more board for the panel jump (apparently I am not good at measuring and I cut one 8" board about 4 inches too short).
There was a time that I thought Bosley would never get in the Open ring - he would not retrieve. Less than a year ago, Bosley would not even look at the dumbbell, but with a lot of clicker work he is now very excited to get his dumbbell and is getting very consistent in his retrieve. We still need to work on a lot of the details (eg. straighter fronts), but now I can actually picture us competing in Open.
Bosley had fun today retrieving his dumbbell over the high jump.
Bosley has no idea about the broad jump, but I have some good ideas (at least I think they are good) to teach him to jump across the broad jump and not just walk on it.
I probably won't focus too much on Open Obedience exercises until the fall, since I am trying to get lots of draft work in right now, but if I can work Bosley a couple times a week, I will be happy.