(above) a few of Lil’s runs plus Jake’s run during a lunch break from Paula Goss’s Advanced Distance Workshop.
Paula Goss is a fantastic agility instructor. She has a great eye and set up challenging courses that could be worked from a variety of distances so each team was challenged yet not over-faced. She also shared some great tips for training and course analysis. I left the workshop with fresh ideas for what I want to practice at home.
I really don’t know how she kept going and going and going….like the energizer bunny for 3 days straight…. especially because it was HOT and SUNNY. Amazing! Plus her vibe is so upbeat and fun AND her demos of handling moves are inspiring to see and then try to mimic. Paula’s handling is precise and graceful, yet totally punchy and dramatic when it needs to be. I have a long way to go before I will be capable of handling anywhere close to Paula’s level but I am totally jazzed about trying.
Enough about me! Lil was a real trooper. She approached every course with great energy and speed and gave it her all. I was thrilled to see how much her distance skills have improved this past year. What used to be a GET OUT is usually now a simple GO ON and she appeared to be 100% confident working at HUGE distances. But as we all know, agility is a game of balance, and as Paula pointed out on numerous occasions, Lil’s COME INS/ Turns towards me, especially to the left are a bit weak right now. I am confident we’ll regain our balance as a team and in the mean time I’m 100% fine having some off-courses when working at a distance since the benefit of having developed such a solid GO ON far outweighs a few lost Qs! Qs…. Shmoos is what I say. 🙂