It is amazing to me to see how much Luna has improved physically over the year and how much she has opened up since we adopted her. Her walking and running has sometimes made me forget about what we went through last December.
At this time last year, Luna was just starting her career in LGRA racing. She was getting the hang of going into the starting box and chasing the lure. I remember how much fun she had on those runs. She was so excited to let loose and get that lure.
While Luna doesn't hit those incredible speeds anymore, she does move pretty quick. I took a video of her running back in October, but unfortunately the video did not transfer well to my computer. I will have to take another soon.
Now that she is back to running like a maniac, I have been reinforcing her recall. She learned that "eh eh" means "stop what you're doing" so it easily transferred over to "stop moving forward" when she is exploring the ball field where we go running. She will turn towards me and make her way back to my side when she hears the "eh eh".
We have also transitioned the standard, "Luna, come!" to a whistle. I don't like shouting commands at dogs, especially when I am in a quiet area. By using the whistle, I can ask Luna to come back without making a big scene.
Luna has been thoroughly enjoying her runs and I enjoy watching her take joy in something so simple.