These last few days I have been thinking about what to do about Zack and his agility classes. Our last class was last week and I decided not to sign up for new ones because after a lot of thought I just realized that both Zack and I were just not enjoying it. Zack had some great moments but only for short periods and then he would rather ignore me, sniff the ground or hunt for grasshoppers. I have struggled to motivate him these last couple of years in my agility classes and feel I have not really progressed no matter how much I practice with the motivation at home. New toys are great initially but the excitement would soon wear off. I wish I could use wieners, rollover, all those tasty treats as Zack would definitely keep his attention then but I can't because Zack's belly has been bad on and off and I don't dare try anything new - it's not worth it. His health is more important. Anyways, I feel like I failed and I have said I didn't want to quit to my instructors but I think it is best for now. My instructors have been great throughout the learning process and I think I developed a stronger bond with Zack along the way which is great.
On a different note, Zack and I have an evaluation for him to become a Certified Pet Therapy Dog on October 15th. May be that is his calling. I know he loves people and visiting so it should be a great thing to follow up with. I am excited about this prospect.
For now, Zacky will enjoy long walks, playing with his buddies and chillaxin on the couch with fat cat.
4 days ago