Friday, July 22, 2011

Agility Piglet

Well, The Piglet is just over a year old now, and he has determined that he is going to be an Agility Piglet. Since I wasn't sure I was going to seriously train him for agility, P had to take matters into his own paws and start learning on his own.

P is really a pretty mellow, mild-mannered dog. He likes to wrestle with his sister, he likes to go hiking, he likes trail running with me, he likes to play ball... but none of those things seem to excite him nearly as much as agility. In fact, he rarely get super excited about anything, except for agility.

I haven't known many dogs who could learn so easily just by watching other dogs, but this is what P does. He watches B do agility, and then he runs out and copies her. I feel like a bit of a fraud... P has perfect 2-on/2-off contacts, and I never spent a second of time training them. He watched me work on B's contacts one day, and then he just did it. And did it again. And again. I would be doing yard work and realize I hadn't seen P in a while, and there he would be, stuck on the A-frame in 2-on/2-off position, waiting patiently for me to notice and release him.

And so started P's agility career. He won't be old enough to trial for nearly 6 months still, but he thinks he's ready for prime time already. And once we get his jump bars up to full height, I think he will be.

I made a decision to start training weave poles a little earlier than I usually would, because P was watching B and trying to copy her on his own, and I didn't want him to think that he had them figured out.

He learns so readily, and he loves those weave poles... it is amazing he can get that giant pumpkin-head of his through the poles so quickly.

I never would have guessed that my little baby piglet would grow up to be such a good, handsome Big Agility Pig. I think we're going to have a lot of fun!


Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Ha! The Piglet has a plan and you're along for the ride! He's headed for the top! I hope you're not afraid of heights! What fun!

Love hearing from you!

Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
Stumpy and me

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I loved seeing these pics because I love agility. When I was a teen, I trained my terrier mix to jump fences,climb ladders etc because it was before agility was a sport. I've never had another dog that would willingly participate in it, so I am content to watch others. Loved seeing the pups play together too.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Noreen & Reggie-dog

KGMom said...

CONGRATS--you got a new agility boy. Isn't it wonderful how animals tell us what THEY want to do.

KB said...

It's so cool that Piglet is learning by watching. The last time that I researched it (years ago), most people claimed that dogs couldn't learn by imitation. I laughed and thought to myself that they'd never observed my dogs! It seems that Piglet is another perfect example!

I love how our dogs surprise us! And, I love the story of Piglet stuck in place in a 2X2 contact waiting for you to notice and release him!

JeanMac said...

I just love the last picture

NCmountainwoman said...

No longer a piglet, P is a very handsome young man! And self-taught as well. Great photos. I think you hit the jackpot with this guy!

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Sadie Hart said...

Aww, he's one talented pooch! He sounds like he's found his passion in life and is making no bones about it. Wow. Such a smart boy!

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