Although I started agility classes with my dog older rescue dog, Wave, the day before I adopted Ollie, I never seriously trialed her and therefore consider Ollie my first true agility dog. He had been found as a stray in West Virginia and brought to a high-kill shelter where he was pulled by a rescue group that brought him to PA. I'd been looking for a dog specifically to do agility with and was looking at some border collie mix puppies on the rescue's website when Ollie's "also available" picture popped up in the corner. He may have not looked like a typical agility dog (but as I would learn - and it's a good lesson for all of us - you can't always judge a book by its cover), but I am partial to cute small mixed breed dogs. Within a week or so this ~10 month old pup had joined the family.
|Ollie with Wave short after adoption|
in class. Then, as if to rub salt in the wound, while doing a recall exercise, a dog of the same breed that had gone after him the week before, decided that, instead of coming to its owner, it would come jump on Ollie to try to get him to play. That was the straw that broke the camels back. I found myself with a reactive dog from that time forward. I never went back to that obedience class.
Ollie didn't show the signs of full reactivity until I took him to the pre-agility classes at an
|Red "reactive dog" bandana worn in nose work|
|First agility trial|
And I couldn't have asked for a better first agility partner. But for his reactivity, he was a joy to train and handle. His Q rate is amazingly high and his list of accomplishments long - several championship titles, lifetime achievement award, USDAA top ten, and many medals in team events. He is now trying his paws, or should I say nose, at the sport of K-9 Nose Work.