Ok, NOT Rocky's fault. As I have mentioned he does NOT do well in the heat. It was 40'C with humidity (about 100F). I considered not going but figured i'd go and at least learn (even without having Rocky do anything). It was cooler out in the field, lots of shade and plenty of wind. I had lots of water and cooling tools to help.
Rocky behaved oddly (again, my fault). He kept running under the cars. Any car. he just wanted under there. He wasn't even taking treats (which is...very rare). The last time I pulled him out his tail was wayyy under his back legs :( First time I have EVER seen that. next thing you know the teacher is saying it's our turn. eek. I tell her he isn't really in the best frame of mind but by this point his tail is wagging and he looks ok and goes right up to her.
The gunner throws teh bumper and he takes off very happily. Right up to the gunner, doing the happy dance and jumping of her (he just loves loving on the gunner). I'm actually RELIEVED at this point as he's being himself and happy. I call him back (his recall throughout this class was been remarkable, which surprises me as he normally does not have a great recall!). So in the end we just kinda played with him seeing if he'd touch the bumper but he was just being silly so we called it quits.
At the end of class we all did some basic obedience sit/stay, recall) as a reminder this is the basic part of training. Again Rocky did very well at this part. I think the teacher over does the praise on what we do well since....we don't do too much well ;). She's been very encouraging, insisting we keep coming to classes. She seems to be understanding that Rocky does not do well in the heat and says to come back in the fall. Which would give me time to slowly introduce the bumper. He also did get the bumper for the first two weeks of class, so he CAN do this.