Agility Training at Sopley today. Wow I am on a buzz, definitely in the zone after taking Ponto to training this morning. We played crate games, played and she focused on her way to her turns to run. Then WHAM, BAM, the other people were standing with their dogs on lead chatting and one dog, a big black labradoodle pulled to run to Ponto wanting to play (but of course Ponto's attitude is that a dog wanting to play with her is a threat to her existence), the owner lost grip of her lead and the dog was where Ponto and I were playing tug before going to the start line. Ponto's hackles raised a little but thinking on my feet, I upped the game of tug as the owner and the trainer got control of the labradoodle, Ponto continued playing despite the slightly raised hackles. I then played tug, drop and run with her a few time moving to the other side of the agility course and once I was sure she was really 100% focused on me, we went back to the start jump which was only a few feet away from the other people and their dogs standing chatting on lead. I decided to be daring and put her in a wait, but only stepping away from her, not doing a lead out. She focused on the jump and we were off and she did a nice run. Thanks to Recallers and to learning to really play a situation which, for my very reactive dog, could have ended disastrously, she proved to me that working with me is playing with me and never mind the rest of them.
POA for today, tomorrow and everyday - play the tug recallers games.