Saturday is dog training day. We’re learning to do some fun agility: jumping through hoops, running through a tunnel, and weaving through poles. We also learn some trick such as shaking hands, and rolling over, and recently we’ve been attempting the first stages of dog dancing.
We don’t aim to compete, but it’s all good fun and gives the dogs something to think about. Occasionally we practice during the week, though often we’re just too busy.
One problem with our small dogs is bending down to coax them through the weave poles or getting them to approach and touch their noses to our hands. Today, at the start of the session, while bending over for the ‘weave’ I managed to put my back out — just a little. Definitely not as badly as I did a year ago. Nevertheless it slowed me right down and made the rest of the 45 minutes quite tricky.
Cute Overload today gave us two YouTube videos of dog dancing:
Our dogs are about as close to this as I am to flying to the moon, but I guess we start somewhere. They can do a fair ‘twirl’, and also, with much encouragement, weave through our legs at slow speed while we stand still. I notice though that both these contestants are active types of dogs — the kind you need to keep occupied. Our two can put on a good burst of speed, but they’re also just as happy to lie on a dog bed and rest.
[Via Cute Overload: Unbelievable amounts of redonkulousness.]
If our little guys ever achieve this level of competence I’ll be adding the videos myself.