I’ve been leaving for agility/rally classes early so we can take 15-20 minutes to sniff around this walking trail that’s on the way. It’s like a pre-decompression walk and I’ve noticed it makes a positive difference for Faye.
The reason I haven’t talked much about our agility and rally classes is because it’s lost a lot of the fun. One of the neighbors shoots their gun during and the sound freaks Faye out. We’ve been working through it and building up her confidence around it. But she’s clearly not enjoying the classes the way she used to.
I did learn that it won’t stop her from doing her job though. Something triggered me during agility and Faye alerted without hesitation and gave me pressure therapy to calm me down. She was on it so fast I don’t think anyone else even noticed.
Anyway, giving her time to run and sniff freely before class seems to help. Yesterday I even saw some of Faye’s enthusiasm start to return.