I decided it might be fun to see if I could train Summit for Scent Hurdle racing. I'm not 100% sold on it - partly because I'm not really willing to travel to compete and I don't want to let down a team by not participating enough. But the first few weeks of training have no commitment so it isn't a big deal yet.
We went to our first class about a month ago and basically just introduced the dogs to the dumbbell. I had to miss the last session and the third one was this weekend. We appear to have missed a lot. Suddenly he's supposed to be running over 4 jumps, picking up his dumbbell and carrying it back over 4 jumps. Considering he'd never really seen a jump before, he actually did not bad. He would go over them all on the way there but on the way back he could either do the jumps or carry the dumbbell but not both. :)
Our homework is - more drive for his dumbbell and not letting go until a release command is given. We also need to start working on scent discrimination so that he'll pick up his dumbbell and only his. I'm not sure how well that will go - he likes to carry 2 or 3 toys at a time. But we'll see. He's having fun at least. He was almost too enthusiastic at practice today!