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On Saturday, Bonnie and I had our third agility class. We practiced all of our previous exercises and added a new one. One thing that agility dogs have to learn is awareness of their own body, namely the legs. This awareness is called 'proprioception'.

A dog needs to know how to move their back legs, especially, if they are to walk on a wooden bridge four feet off the ground later in agility. Otherwise they will fall off when their leg misses the wooden plank. So this exercise consists of a ladder-type piece of equipment that lays on the ground. Bonnie was to walk the length of the ladder without her feet landing outside of the ladder. It was harder than it sounds. The ladder is only twelve inches wide!

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