Last night I finally took the dogs out to find another dock on which to practice. With Secret & Luke's dock jumping debut less than a week away, I thought it might be good to have more than one experience under our belt.
I decided to drive past Lake Neshonoc on our way to La Crosse, just to check and see how busy their boat ramp was. I hoped that it wouldn't be too bad on a Tuesday evening and luck was on our side. We had to share the space off & on with a few boaters, but it was worth it to get some practice time on such a nice dock. It was synthetic and thus slippery, but still nice nonetheless!
Secret's first jump wasn't terribly graceful, but there was very little hesitation on her part, which is good! And they continued to get better with each jump, which is great!
I decided to try to send her off the end of the dock vs. the side, as I figured this would more closely simulate what she will be doing on Monday. She got stuck at the end for a bit and did a bit of a pace and a whine, but she did eventually leap in -- Good girl, Secret! And each jump after that became more confident! There was a plastic bump on the end of the dock that forced her to jump a bit early, and of course it was slippery, so I am looking forward to seeing what she does on the more secure surface of a carpeted deck. I'm thrilled that she conquered the "scary" end of the dock, though, and hope that means she will have the confidence to jump into the pool.
Luke.... Well, Luke is more or less going along for moral support. If he jumps in at all, I'll be happy. lol Last night he was refusing to jump, finding it far preferable to run back down the dock, enter the water and swim out to get his ball. Oh well, we'll see what happens!
And lest we forget in all the excitement of the upcoming dock event, we leave for Champs in 10 short weeks!!