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Beaky
post 28th Mar 2012, 9:45 am
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In the last 3 - 6 months someone has taken Sasha and replaced her with one that, well, seems normal unsure.gif

At 9/10 I thought she'd never really grow up now. Dogs tend to mature at 5 - 7 in my experience. We never experienced that lol.gif

I've noticed this most at agility, but only because that's the only formal training I do now - we don't really do much in the way of obedience, other than daily manners things.

At agility she's focused, attentive, responsive - everything that 'normal' dogs are lol.gif Don't get me wrong, she's always loved it, but she's loved it a bit. Too. Much. For the joy of the doing, rather than the willingness to work for me lol.gif

We've just competed over the last three weekends. We've brought home two second places (agility) and three clears (steeplechases). What has happened to the dog that, after four years of competition, could still get E'd multiple times on one course? yikes.gif lol.gif

She's a joy to run now...most of the time. She still has her moments of madness and idiocy.

I've also noticed it at home. She's a lot more attentive, bordering on clingy when we're home and generally seems to like us, rather than tolerate us.

Has anyone else's very wayward dog just suddenly grown up?
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