I'd been undecided all week whether to continue with the dog training lessons or not but decided on the day I would go and ask the question if it was worth continuing with the course. As it turned out there were more dogs at this lesson and I suppose less focus on Tilly and at the start the trainer told us there was no compulsion to go in for the award and explained the standard required. Thank you for your comments on my previous blog post and we are going to forget the award scheme and just teach Tilly all the basics for her to be a well behaved and happy dog. This will be the last course we go to and as we're half way through, we've started so we'll finish.
There were seven dogs in class this week plus the trainer's dog who shows us how certain tasks should be done. He's fourteen years old bless him and slightly deaf so it is sometimes amusing when he's told to wait and he doesn't. Anyway it turned out to be an enjoyable lesson and Tilly did quite well. She actually waited at the gate for me to go through first and I have to say she doesn't do that at home and I do try every day with our stair gate. We all took turns going round a course with the gate, waiting at a make believe road and a meet and greet with another person and their dog. One thing Tilly wouldn't do was choose a toy to tug with and she has plenty at home and is a favourite game. At the end of the lesson the trainer set up an agility course and Tilly did very well, I even let go of her lead knowing full well she wouldn't be distracted by other dogs and she went over the low bars, through hoops and through the tunnel, I was well pleased with her.
So when we don't go down to the beach I take her to see Mr. horse although she does get jealous when I pay him too much attention. Now in an adjacent field there are three more horses. Yesterday was the second time I've met them and one comes over to say hello although as it's a barbed wire fence I don't get too close. Another interesting and fun walk for me and Tilly.