Walking along a quiet footpath lined with small trees, open fields to either side. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and I was enjoying watching the collie girls explore.
Then Freya froze, nose quivering upwards, right paw raised.
I began to call her (we’ve had lots of successes recently…)
Then the blooming squirrel fell out of the tree no more than 4 inches away from Freya.
Freya did not turn on a sixpence and run back to me. Unsurprisingly she stood still in shock for a second, and then chased the squirrel!
We were so not ready for that challenge, but I’m delighted to say Freya did come back within 30 seconds and was not too brain-fried for the rest of the walk.
I’m guessing the squirrel hadn’t realised she was right under the tree. Either that or he has a nasty neighbour who pushed him!
Sometimes it takes a wee leap into the unknown to find out how well your training is going – think of your training as a safety net and hope it doesn’t have too many holes in it.
Our Spring class programme starts tonight (Monday 5th Feb) and I’m so looking forward to seeing how much progress you’ve all made with your dogs.
If you missed out on signing up for the full 6 week block, we do have drop-in spaces for the following classes available (just email Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability and prices):
- 6.30pm Parkour Progressions
- 7.30pm Rally and TEAM Progressions
- 7.30pm Agility Achievers
Have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to check for falling squirrels,
Morag and the collie girls
PS Huge congratulations to everyone who was brave enough to tackle their first canicross race at Dalby on Sunday. It was fab to see so many of you there, and great to hear tips from the workshops were helping you run better with your dogs.
I’ll pop the pictures and group shots up in the two facebook groups
Our February Canicross workshops are sold out but Save the Date for the next ones, we'll have the booking links live very soon.
Next intro workshop 22nd April 2018 (York)
Canicross Skills and Adventures - 19th May in the North York Moors
(Two groups for ability and fitness - working on trail technique, descending safely, getting the most out of your dog while running, and much more)