Now it's time to get back to training. Today starts the beginning of our winter training. I have a lot of things I want to work on over the winter:
In agility, I hope to get in some good distance training with both dogs as well as continue to work on motivation with Maggie. Agility training is more difficult to keep up on over the winter because we can only train in class time - no luxury of having access to equipment during the days or weekends. I also have a couple agility trials planned for the winter.
In obedience, my goal is to work with Bosley to have him ready to compete in Open Obedience in the spring. He knows the basics of all the exercises, we just need lots of polishing and proofing. Since we do less agility over the winter, I hope to be able to get lots of obedience work in. It would be nice to get Maggie back into at least Rally practice again - she used to really love it. I have pushed back my goal of finishing her CD - maybe someday.
I also plan on keeping up with carting over the winter. Not always an easy task if there is a lot of snow on the ground (unless I get rudders for the cart), but the next draft test in in April so we need to practice over the winter. I know we can pass - we just need to keep practicing and work on getting through those tight areas. I am also going to try to get Maggie in the cart over the winter. This may be easier said than done, as she does not like the shafts touching her. She is used to seeing Bosley pull the cart and she will walk next to the cart now (she used to run away when it moved) so she has made some progress. I will try with her, but won't push her.
So, hopefully we can stay busy all winter so that winter will seem to fly by and it will be spring before we know it.