It was a trial weekend for the boys and that means a weekend "in jail" for Secret. Poor Secret, but she honestly handles it very well. She's better without Max there for some reason and was a lot quieter this weekend. She only barked a little when I took the boys outside without her. I do try to make sure she gets plenty of play time out of her kennel, but with 11 or 12 runs a day with the boys it's sometimes difficult.
The happy, happy news is that my fears of working in the tiny basement ruining Secret can be put to rest. She remembers how to run! Yay!
I was pretty much the last person to leave the dog center on Saturday. Our day had ended with Novice Jumpers set at 16". Usually they set up the Jumpers course for the next day before leaving for dinner, but they apparently had reservations and had to leave. Now, I would never run a course set for the next day, but the temptation was too great not to run Secret through the Novice Jumpers course that was set & done.
She was AWESOME. I wish I could have gotten video. It really has been bothering me, since we moved into the basement, that she would lose her speed this winter. We worked SO HARD to build it up, after all. Thankfully it looks like it might actually help us, by making Secret appreciate wide open spaces that much more.
There was a little slipping as she adjusted to running on the mats (I'm glad I did a quick shave of her feet when I did the boys the other day). She also cut in on a couple of jumps when she was a little too toy focused (brought out the Ringzee). But run three was PERFECT. Totally flawless and fast. Yay! It made me so happy. She ran with such joy & enthusiasm. She gave me great distance, rear crosses and everything.
We didn't get a chance to play on equipment after the trial on Sunday because they set up some special photo shoot deal, but that's okay. Family Dog Center is having open ring time this Wednesday and we are going to go play then! There was a poster on the wall advertising it and there is no way I'll miss that opportunity. Then next Wednesday is our lesson up in Eau Claire.
We've been having fun playing with our FitPAWS peanut that arrived last week! Kaiser turns out to be the fittest dog in the house, but Secret is doing well and has progressed to being comfortable enough to stand on it and do exercises from that position. Poor Luke is still laying down, but at least he made it onto the ball! :o)
It's amazing because they don't seem like they are doing all that much work, but a session on the peanut just wears them all out for the night! It's kind of nice. lol Secret does many things during her session -- Bouncing, weight shifts, push-ups, leg raises, waving and just a hint of sit pretty. She's doing great!