A stormed loomed all weekend, giving me and Kona two cool days of overcast running.
The rain didn't come until late last night, and blew East by the time we headed to the trail this morning, leaving us with clear skies.
Despite a weekend of activity, Kona bounded with energy.
On the Training Front
Yesterday, Kona started her level II Nose Work class. In the last series, Kona practiced sniffing out treats and then learned how to find a specific odor.
This class is different from other classes we have taken because the dogs work one at a time and leave the building in between turns. This means that Kona spends a good deal of time in the car by herself and has to walk across the parking lot several times. (Kona finds parking lots especially scary.)
I gave Kona a dose of Rescue Remedy before we left and put lavender on a bandanna to leave in the car to help relax her while she waited.
When we arrived, Kona shook and whined. By the time I went back to the car to get her for her first turn, she had stopped shaking and was laying down "normal" in her crate. (Kona lays down in her crate when she's scared, but she'll make herself into a tiny ball in the very back of the crate.)
Kona worked without a problem. She wasn't bothered by the other people in the room and even did fine during an off leash search where the odor was hidden among turned over chairs, cones and other odd items. Her pupils were huge and she slinked around a bit, but for Kona Dog, that wasn't too bad.
So far, so good with this class. I think we start vehicle searches in this level, which should be interesting with Kona's parking lot fear. It could either be really helpful for Kona or just not work. We'll see!