Grace has really change in so many ways since we started agility. She has always been an interesting girl, but since starting agility I have seen several changes. Fisrt off, she is much more interested in working with me than she used to be. Yet, at the same time she has gotten more vocal about doing things her way than she used to be. Vocal to the point that she is constantly barking instructions to me-and its carrying over to the obedience ring. I need to find a way to stop it. I may start pulling her off course when she barks, but I don't know if that is a good way of dealing with it.
I need suggestions if anyone has any.
When we started agility, she was moving, but more slowly, now, she is showing speed. Now I need to speed up, but that is a whole 'nuther issue! Grace has never been interested in toys, and although she will not tug yet, she is starting to at least chase the tug for a minute or so. Her stays in obeience and home situations have improved significantly, but her start line stays in agility are horrible. She will stay in a down so far, but not in a sit, so I have given in and am using a down. And although overall she is just as independent as she has always been, she is also more cooperative. I know it sounds like those two things wouldn't happen at the same time, but she makes it work. Thngs like she hasn't really played the you can't catch me game in quite a while. Of course now that I mention it, it will probably happen.
The most interesting change, though, I can't quite figure out if its related to agility or not is her relationship with David. She has always been very independent. If she looked to anyone for anything, going out, tummy rubs or begging, it was always me. Lately, since David started riding along to agility class (his class with Siren is after our class, so we go together) she has suddenly started looking to David for thngs. She now will ask him to take her outside, or go to him for tunny rubs. Last night I asked her where's David and she ran right to him. She is 5 and has lived with David for her whole life so I really find this interesting, I am glad though, because it means if I am busy she will ask someone else to go outside.
I am really enjoying doing agility with Grace, and I am really looking forward to starting our herding lessons too. Which is something I never expected to think 5 years ago when this really tough puppy had me in tears more often than not. She is my girl.