Wanted to add that in agility trials dogs run a course in about 20 something to 50 something seconds, so drinking really isn`t much of an issue. None of them are panting hard, if at all. I know Tamora doesn`t.
At classes you take turns, so even than the dogs hardly break a sweat (pant)
Private lesson can be more running and quicker reps--for that I would watch the water intake but not withhold--kind of like riding a horse rule, some sips but not a whole lot until cooled down.
Treats I still give depending on the behavior I am trying to inforce. The amount is very small--Tamora doesn`t need that much in the line of treats any more, just sporadic suprises.
A little off the subject. We need to go back to the drawing board after this Sat. ( I signed up for only one day--first USDAA trial--quite interesting compared to AKC trials) Tamora baled (leaped off the A-Frame--no yellow contacts for her Sat.)
Got to love it--you think you are on a roll than something breaks. She liked the extended runs, but seemed confused about the obstacles being so far apart at times--I think she thought I was throwing out a trick question.
Her down on the table took some talking to. When she did go down, she layed in her beautiful sphinx style and surveyed the crowd in a very majestic manner. At first I wondered if she was even paying attention, but when I gave her the release word she popped off the table ready to go to the next obstacle. She came with that attitude implying that she could do more than one thing at a time.--watch/work the crowd and listen--she has to be a guard dog as well.
We were the only doberman team there. She looked beautiful but we were off thats for sure. I did learn somethings, but lets say it wasn`t as much fun as some of our other trials.