Whenever Pocket meets someone new, they almost always ask “Is he (they always get her gender wrong, firstoff) a puppy? He’s so small!” To which i reply “No, SHE’s 2 and a half, she’s just in really good shape.”
It’s true, Pocket IS in really good shape, though i have seen a number of even smaller Corgis recently. We hike about 4.2 miles in just over an hour almost every day, or else we hike rougher terrain at a slightly shorter distance. She’s an experienced kayaker, absolutely ADORES swimming, and is completely fetch obsessed. Sticks, balls, frisbees caught in the air: you name it, she will sprint for it faster than any tiny-legged dog should be able to sprint and bring it back to you with a perfect release at your feet.
Because of this fetch/ball obsession, i think i may have found the perfect “sport” to enroll her in: Flyball. We tested the theory yesterday, and she already seems to be a natural!
We met up with a group of Flyballers up at the Salem human society on Sunday and they let Pocket try a class on the house to see if she took to it. They teach each ‘step’ separately so that the dogs learn how to do everything correctly, instead of just quickly. We attempted to figure out which direction she naturally turns, in order to train her the “swimmer’s turn” on the flyball box – but she turned each direction about 50/50. I’ll keep working on that assessment (though i could swear she favored one side considerably when we did some herding work earlier last year). We then worked on jumping over the jumps while chasing after a toy. She took to that so quickly that they started her on retreiving a little ball from the other side of the jumps and bringing it back to me, over the jumps again. She went around the jumps only once, and took to the leap, leap, fetch, leap, leap, mommy praise quite well!
Check out those derf eyes!
I just knew she’d love flyball, but it was even more fun to see her discover it for herself. We first arrived to watch the folks setting up. She sat and stared: “Was that a bucket FULL of balls, mom? I’m pretty sure that lady is carrying like a hundred balls. May i chase those balls please? Why are all those other dogs so excited? May i meet them, please” Yes, Pocket, you may meet the dogs and people and chase the balls. Honestly, she didn’t seem overly interested in the other dogs (which is good) but was very happy to meet so many new faces and butts and to be encouraged to chase and jump and play. What could be better for an athletic little dog than a hike through the woods followed by something brand new and exciting, revolving around the chasing of balls? Nothin!
How about you, do you and your dog work out together, or do you have more of a couch relationship?