Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
I don't have any cones or poles, but I can get a handful of bamboo poles, and something to substitute for cones. I guess I never really thought of an obstacle course... I might just try it. I'll have a hard time finding scary things, though... I've already desensitized him to everything I could lay my hands on... tractors, ATVs, dogs, stampeding cattle, a small airplane, bags, tarps, being blindfolded, chainsaws, my dad and I's famously huge bonfires, fireworks... I'm running out of things that he could've been afraid of. I even got bored one day and ponied him up to a nearby restaurant and through the drive-thru so he could hear the speakers and the windows opening and stuff. O.o'
If I come across something he spooks at, I stop right there and get him used to it. And on days when I get bored and have some extra time, I go out looking for 'scary' things.
I did start him jumping on the lungeline the other day... just a couple little logs with a barrel on the outside of the jump (so he can't go around it). He started jumping them almost automatically, then my friend acidentally knocked over a barrel, and he jumped that, too. X3 Only hit the logs once or twice, and he dodged around them once. I'll have to find some bigger logs or a better makeshift jump sometime... But for now, he seems to be enjoying himself.