After my previous entry was written, I’ve done some thinking. I’ve also finally decided it was time to start training with Risa again. We hadn’t done much since I called it quits in January because I couldn’t tell if her back hurt when we trained. To keep her brain busy, I’d done some stuff with her while she was under strict crate rest but it wasn’t the same.
We’ve trained twice this week, short sessions with safe behaviors, and she’s been great. There is, of course, still some room for improvement physically but her spirit is willing. Surprisingly, her body can keep up too.
I’ve done some research and conversed with friends and other dog sport peeps and I’ve decided that, body-willing, if Risa wants to dance I’m going to let her. She lights up when it’s training time and she’s earned the right to be happy. If she can dance safely, I’m going to let her dance. (Thankfully, I have that sort of control in this sport unlike lure coursing that she has to be barred from.)
Now let’s get to choreographing a heelwork to music routine. I’ve always wanted to give it a serious go and, since both Risa and the criteria in HTM are limited, I’d say now’s a good a time as ever to try it. Besides, we’re used to things being challenging. I’d like to see if I can design a functional routine with a limited set of moves. I don’t think she’s ready to stop yet. This might be her last year but we’re going to give it our best shot. As long as it’s safe. . .full steam ahead!