|Just try to take it.|
I noticed Basil limping last week on his right rear so I wondered if maybe that had something to do with him refusing jumps on the jumpers course. I stretched him and felt each toe individually. He didn't protest at all and I didn't feel any heat in the leg. So I'm thinking it has something to do with the start line stay issue.
I think for now I'm going to do running starts until I can get a handle on the start line stay stress. Bernie did the same thing. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I've got a lesson planned with Karen Holik next month before the trial so maybe I can get her insight into my training issue. She's been on the World Team seven times so I'm sure she can show me the error in my ways. I'm also hoping to get some advice on starting a puppy in agility.
Byron was a little ham at agility class last night. He has totally come out of his shell and loves being on the field while Basil and I run. I even let Byron walk over the dog walk following some hot dogs for the first time last night. He did pretty good and was careful for most of the way. I watched his back end as he's still a clumsy puppy doing stuff. I've been doing some shadow handling with him and treating him for that. He follows my hands really well right now.
He is a fearless little puppy. I can tell I'm going to have to be careful with him when he tries stuff out. Teeter bang noises don't bother him at all, he doesn't mind the dogs running over the a-frame or doing the weave poles. I let him explore the weave poles last night and poked them with my finger a bit to have them move. He didn't care. He just looked at it, acknowledged it and was like okay. He is so laid back and just a happy guy. I think he will be a nice blend of what I like best in Bernie and Basil for agility.
Tomorrow night is the first puppy class for us officially so that should be fun.