Well. That was definitely an experience. :-\
We started agility class tonight, for those wondering what the hell I'm talking about. ;D It was pretty bad. :(
He went completely crazy. Absolutely inSANE. He was the closest to totally-out-of-control that he has ever been, in any situation. And this went on for a full, grueling hour. I have the battle scars to prove it. (blisters on my hands and between my fingers from trying desperately to hang on to the leash. :-[)
Everytime any dog stepped foot on the A frame and it made that slight rattling noise he was completely enraptured. Off in his own little world, straining toward them totally oblivious of me on the other end of the leash. Anytime he saw another dog playing tug with their owner, same deal. And similar act when any dog even ventured towards him. He got away from me three times and went "visiting" (aka: completely bowling over another dog/handler team. Not unlike a steamroller might, going at full speed.) Ho boy. :-[ :-[
Zero focus, and I mean zilch. Nada. Nothing. He was like a kid with ADHD that had just eaten a truck full of sugar. A few times when we were taking a break and the instructor was talking, Baloo would actually be staring at one of the other dogs, whining audibly (and annoyingly). He has NEVER done that before.
I'm trying to think of why tonight was such a train wreck. I have thought of a few reasons,
1. He has been crated all day the last two days, as I've been on days at work, and Dan always works during the day. This is unusual, and rarely ever happens. I can probably count the total # of times this situation has come up in total on one hand. Maybe he was just wired from that?
2. He is right smack in the middle of a pretty nasty bout of diarrhea, so maybe not feeling well? Although I would think that would make him lethargic, more than anything.
3. There was a beardie there that was right at the beginning of a heat cycle (although he wasn't focused on her, but basically on all the other dogs equally.)
4. The whole sitution with the equipment and all was just waaaaayy over-stimulating for him
5. Combination (or all of) the above. :-\
So yah, not the grand agility debut I had hoped for, but I guess we'll have to see what the following weeks bring. *sigh again*.