This weekend was kind of fun. Freeway has started in agility classes. he is a happy boy. He isn't necessarily the class star, but he progresses well. So this week we were increasing jump pattern difficulty. We went from a gentle curve to right angles. Which Mr. Freeway did not grok. Typically he works out away from me, and he kept going round the outside of the jumps.
Well it was a really nice pattern for Tsuki, so I asked if Tsuki could play. And since class was over permission was granted. At first I just hung on to Freeway and directed Tsuki around. But Freeway kept getting in my way. So I said what the heck, and released him.

First time Tsuki did the jump pattern Freeway followed him around, but going round the jumps just as he had for me. Then the little light bulb went on and I had two dogs jumping in tandem in a circle around me. It was very smooth and cool looking. They didn't do any bumping or crowding.

I once tried it with Tanith and Tsuki, but Tanith wanted all the equipment to herself. Tsuki, in contrast, seemed to really enjoy showing Freeway how it was to be done.
Oh, and I've got Freeway's entry for Junior Herding Dog ready to mail. There is just one spot left. I hope we make it in.

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Isn't that cute - feeble little AssHowe thinks he's funny...pathetic is a better word.
First time Tsuki did the jump pattern Freeway followed him around, but going round the jumps just as he had ... tandem in a circle around me. It was very smooth and cool looking. They didn't do any bumping or crowding.

Now you've got to do it once in a while just for the fun of it! And it's proof that sometimes we need to remember that they learn as much from other dogs as they do from us.
I'm not surprised it worked. Our dogs will do that. Just so they can both play at once! Jumps, tunnels, dog walks. The teeter does get a little crowded. And looking back, we probably did some of that, just not so intentionally, when we were first starting Sassy. Now if they both go into the chute, we take bets as to who is coming out first. (Hint: smart money's on Sassy. No matter how far she started behind.)
We also did it intentionally at practice for earthdog tests. Normally, they wouldn't let two dogs go down in the tunnel together - too likely to get into an argument over ownership of the rat and tempers do run a little high.

Sassy was having a little trouble sorting out what she was supposed to do once she got to the first turn. Since our two were not only housemates but also littermates, we sent Spenser down to lead her through. They loved it.

And amazingly enough, in a nine inch square tunnel, Spenser was able to pass her and get to the rat first! Quite a sight to lift up the panel at the end of the tunnel and see TWO schnauzers side by side in a nine inch tunnel (!) attacking the rat!
Good luck on getting into the herding spot!
~~Judy
And it's proof that sometimes we need to remember that they learn as much from other dogs as they do from us.

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