Friday, November 5, 2010

Laurel went to agility for the first time in 5 months and Hardy stayed home, alone

Laurel and I went to agility class today for the first time in about 5 months! It was great to see Susan and all our other friends (dogs and people alike)! Laurel had such a terrific time and did very well! We did some exercises and then a short course of jumps and tunnels. Once again, after this layoff, I have to believe in latent learning. Laurel watched the movement of my chair beautifully and paid wonderful attention! She is still not a huge fan of start line stays but cooperated quite nicely when I suggested that it wasn't optional! Other than needing to get Laurel fit again and to be careful to not re-injure her foot, it doesn't look like we have lost much with our extended time off!
Brent was at work so Hardy stayed home alone which I don't think thrilled him. However, when we got home, he was sleeping in his crate and all was peaceful. It does remind me that we need to find time to leave him home alone so that he is capable of doing that without separation anxiety issues.
Then, after dinner, we took Hardy with us on a short trip to Costco. Although we don't take him into the "grocery store" area yet - that just seems unfair until he's older and has better control, he did very well! He did well with the shopping carts and all the people and activity. It's a great day when each Lab gets some time alone with me and is fine with being left behind too!

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