The 'Zoom Room' is a Monterey Bay dog training and agility facility, and this past Sunday it played host to a meet-up for our local dog walking group - the first of hopefully many such gatherings. This was such a nice opportunity to socialize the dogs off leash, but unfortunately we left Penny at home, since there is still one dog in the weekly walking group that thinks she is some type of snack. It's really quite strange, since this hungry dog is smaller than our girl - but that's not the point of this post. Beyond fearing that Penny would become another pet's snack, we really wanted an opportunity to focus completely on getting Luna comfortable with the agility equipment - and we really weren't sure how she was going to behave. For those who may not remember, in the past I've posted on how strongly Luna reacts to everyday things (like cardboard boxes), so we really had low expectations.
Our Tuesday Trekkers Walking Group - Photo provided by The Zoom Room
We knew two things for certain going into this meet-up. ONE: Luna is extremely athletic (she can, after all, leap tall buildings in a single bound). TWO: Agility training is very good for building confidence (for both owners AND dogs). Unfortunately, based on some of Luna's behavioral tendencies, D and I have told one another that despite our hopes, in Luna's case ONE + TWO = DISASTER. Well, we got a chance to eat our words on Sunday. Luna walked on narrow, elevated planks; she jumped over [low] hurdles; she weaved through a slalom; she even passed through a 12-foot-long tunnel! Who is this girl?!?!? Needless to say, we were full of praise for our Luna, and we hope to do this again very soon!
Getting Luna used the to equipment
A fellow walker giving me advice about getting Luna into the tunnel.
Now that is a look of determination... on Luna's face, too!
D giving Luna a pep talk, "Now listen up, Luna! The only way we can beat this tunnel is by keeping our wits about us - panic will get us nowhere!"
D rewarding Luna after successfully tackling the tunnel!