Finnegan and I went to our first agility class this past weekend. When Finn is at class he is usually very serious, because up till now it has all been hard work in obedience, so for the first half of the class while we were working on some more advanced obedience exercises he was his usual serious self and so were most of the dogs except some of the younger dogs. But once we got on to the agility part most of the other dogs seemed to be having fun, but Finnegan was not, although he wasn’t completing hating it either. With lots of treats and praise he did step through the tire, over some small jumps and even through a short tunnel, he actually took to the tunnel very quickly which surprised me, as Finnegan can be nervous of strange things. But looking around I could see a lot of the other dogs being goofy and silly and having fun at their first attempt at agility but Finnegan was definitely a little worried and confused by this new type of class and all the activity going on around him.
Is this a normal reaction, do you think in time he will learn to enjoy it? I plan to stick with it for the duration of this class (7 weeks) and would really would like to continue to the next level but only if he is having fun which is what its supposed to be about – right ?