As well as concentrating on continued work with Vito's ring confidence, I've also been focusing on really teaching Vito all the utility exercises. He's been introduced to all of the exercises a long time ago but I can't say he really knows them to even the extent that I would bet him "qualifying" even in the backyard. For the most part all our skill work has been on the back burner for such a long time as we concentrated on engagement and attitude. To help get me back on track I've set a very lose goal of having Vito ready to enter CDSP Utility at our trial the end of July. I don't think it's an extremely realistic goal but I can at least use it as yard stick. Before entering in a trial the dog needs to not only know the exercises, but also have the confidence to do them in a new place. And utility is all about confidence!
|See, always a tucked leg|